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Thank you for buying my book, Carl. I look forward to hearing what you make of it.

When I say the emergence of language is a digital phenomenon, I mean it in the same sense as with DNA: for the ACGT coding for amino acids is also 'digital', with four possible 'digits' (the nucleotide base pairs) grouped in triplets yielding 64 possibilities. The fact that 'nature' is already using this system in the core process of life -- presumably without the help of a mysterious 'cognitive revolution' -- indicates to me that it is a logical development which evolution eventually stumbles onto after unimaginable aeons of time, as I believe it must have done with language.

So I'm not saying that there's a relationship between language and numeracy, as that seems a relatively late development in human history -- mainly because for most of our pre-agricultural past, there would have been no need to count. 'One, two, lots' would have covered most options -- as is still the case for some hunter-gatherer communities today.

I will take a look at your ideas, but I should say upfront that I'm not particularly interested in the theory that humans became what we are thanks to some cosmic or divine intervention, as it only pushes the problem further back: how did whoever/whatever caused the intervention manage to do it? Even if language was a 'gift' of some kind, the question of how it works and how it started still remains. Like life itself, of course...

Simon


cjcalleman Wrote:
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> Hello Simon,
> I have ordered your book and am looking forward to
> reading it. In the
> first article you quote it is pointed out how
> difficult it is to date the first appearance
> of languages at least with the methods that have
> been used to date. We will
> never hear the ancients speaking.
> Your premise that language, and the emergence of
> words is a digital phenomenon
> however puts this question in a different language
> because the question then becomes:
> When did humans become able to count and use
> numbers? And there we have an answer
> regarding when humans started to use written
> numerals which was about 3200 BCE,
> at the same time as the first civilizations
> emerged. Thus ,if it all comes down to
> digitalization
> there is probably a correlation between the
> ability to speak and the complexity of
> geometry such as that expressed in pyramids
> (which was not built before this point in time.
> Several ancient sources, notably the Maya and the
> Vedic describe that at this point in time there
> was a cosmic change
> that introduced a duality and straight
> perpendicular lines (A macrocosmic quantum shift
> in consciousness
> in other words). Assuming that the introduction of
> phonemes and the ability to form words
> as you are saying depends on digitalization then
> this would point to the downloading of
> this cosmic duality as a critical point in time
> (3115 BCE according to the Mayan
> Long Count) for a quantum leap in the complexity
> of languages including the sizes of their
> vocabularies.
>
> In an earlier article (pertaining only to the
> Indo-European languages, 2012)
> Quentin Atkinson has indeed shown that a great
> diversification
> took place among languages at this time (also
> outside of the civilizations that emerged then)
> and this would favor such an interpretation. Since
> I have dealt with the emergence of language
> in my own book The Global Mind and the Rise of
> Civilization your theory about digitalization
> as a cause of language makes a lot of sense to
> me. In my own interpretation the chain of event
> would then be 1/ Humans download a cosmic
> duality,
> 2/They get the ability to count and deal with
> numbers, 3/ the diversification of phonemes
> and 4/ organizing phonemes into languages. Are you
> open to this kind of interpretation?
> Maybe I should point out here that I do not think
> that languages created civilization
> (even though obviously it has speeded its
> evolution up). Instead I think both civilization
> (for instance cities and pyramids) and language
> was created by digitalization that in turn was
> created by the duality of the quantum shift in
> consciousness that took place in 3115 BCE.
> Regards
> Carl

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Archetype is also in language 86 Edmond 14-Sep-21 10:23
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Thanks, Edmond 122 drrayeye 14-Sep-21 20:09
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Archetype is also in language 79 Edmond 15-Sep-21 09:33
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