Notes from An Alien

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What Good Is Language?


Being an author, I find language quite handy and I’m sure folks who like to read find language a boon; why, even publishers can see value in language.

So, why in the world would I ask such a “silly” question in the title of this post?

Well, when it comes to language, knowing what words are and how they arise in the mind and find their way to the page or screen is one thing; contemplating why humans have language at all is quite another thing

I’ve embedded a video below but, by way of introducing it, I want to harken back to two previous posts about advice:

Taking Advice ~ Who’s Experience Do You Trust? and Playing The Advice Game . . .

Advice comes from a French phrase, ço m’est à vis,  or “it seems to me”.

And, like the caveats about advice in those two previous posts, I want you, as you enjoy this speculative video about why humans have language, to remember, no matter how interesting or helpful this man’s ideas are, it’s all as it seems to him :-)


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2 responses to “What Good Is Language?

  1. Simone Benedict August 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    “It seems to me…” I do like that. It should be a given in my mind when I hear advice. Yet, often it seems the advice presented is framed instead with “It is a Truth of the Universe…”

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  2. Alastor Rare Books August 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    An interesting subject to muse on.

    Like

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