68. Language is it not the best form of communication?

It has been said that “Man” has risen above all other animals because of his ability to use language. I myself believe that one of “Man’s” greatest problem is language. To me language is a very poor and difficult means of expressing one’s self. It is the best we have at this time. The use of language has throughout time caused misunderstanding among individuals and nations. lf we could only “crawl” into the minds of each other we I believe could understand better whoever we were trying to communicate with, and they could better understand who we really are. This would make our travel here on earth so much more meaningful and peaceful.

Every human language has a vocabulary of tens of thousands of words, built up from several dozen speech sounds. Speakers can build an unlimited number of phrases and sentences out of words plus a smallish collection of prefixes and suffixes, and the meanings of sentences are built from the meanings of the individual words.

There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine. This in itself creates many of the problems that communicating with language brings to our world. How many people do you know that can speak and understand even a small portion of the languages spoken in these 195 countries? The English language spoken in the United States of America is one of the most difficult languages to understand for there is within it words that are spelled the same but have different meanings.

Animal communication systems, in contrast, typically have at most a few dozen distinct calls, and are used only to communicate immediate issues such as food, danger, threat, or reconciliation. At least that is what most modern man believes about animals. The purpose of communication is to convey information from one person to another. Through the choice of written and spoken words, ideas, concepts, emotions, thoughts, and opinions are exchanged. Unfortunately, miscommunication is common – the listener or reader fails to understand what is said or written. Dale Carnegie, author of “How to Make Friends and Influence People,” said, “90 percent of all management problems are caused by miscommunication.” NBA Hall of Fame coach of the Boston Celtics, Red Auerbach said, “It’s not what you tell them… it’s what they hear.” Specific words known to each person, as well as the understood meaning of each word, can vary significantly due to different environments, cultures, and experiences.

Language has been the manner that mankind has communicated for over 100,000 years. Before its use, it is believed that mankind communicated by the use of images such as what has been found on the walls of ancient caves. These cave drawings evolved into word symbols. It’s almost impossible to convey conditional, complex, or complicated ideas with a simple image.

Today we communicate with each other in many ways different from the spoken language that we speak, however, most of our communication is performed with the use of a spoken or written language. To me, an important and helpful addition to the spoken language is what is called body language which I use daily. My experience during the time I taught as well as my time spent as a manager, trainer and salesperson was that at times I understood an individual as well as a situation better by the use of understanding the individual or individuals that I was communicating with by watching their body language. I have found through experience that an individual may miss communicate as well as purposefully mislead using words, however, it is difficult for them to do this using their body.

So if spoken and written language is not the best form of communicating among humans then what is? I believe that we could communicate better if we could communicate directly mind to mind. This form of communication is called telepathic communication. This may sound as very futuristic however much progress has been made throughout the world, proving that it is possible to communicate mind to mind. Sometimes mind to machine. Stephen Hawkins a brilliant English physicist cannot speak yet through the use of modern science, he is able to communicate quite well. Stephen Hawkins is a brilliant scientist what a shame it would be to the world if he was not able to be the productive individual that he has proven to be. The form of communication that Stephen Hawkins uses in many ways is very primitive and depends upon mechanical advanced tools. It also has been proven in hospitals and labs across the world that individuals have been able to communicate much in the way that Stephen Hawkins has done. In many cases, individuals that were not able to communicate or perform the simplest task are now able to communicate and are even being attached to mechanical arms telling these mechanical arms to perform needed human tasks.

The possibility of a telepathic noosphere is very real – and it’s closer to reality than we might think. Not surprisingly, this would change the very fabric of the human condition. Kevin Warwick, a British scientist and professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading imagines communication in the broadest sense, including the technically-enabled telepathic transmission of feelings, thoughts, ideas, and emotions. “I also think this communication will be far richer when compared to the present pathetic way in which humans communicate.” he says. He even imagines the sharing of memories. That may be possible, he says, “but maybe not in my lifetime.” Ramez Naam an American futurist and author of NEXUS (a sci-fi novel addressing this topic); writes that communication boosts can accelerate technical innovation, but more importantly, they can also accelerate the spread of any kind of idea. What this suggests is that not only in the future could we communicate from mind to mind, but also from mind to many minds.

There are some big things that have to be done before we are able to communicate in a telepathic manner. First, we have to increase the bandwidth. The most sophisticated systems we have right now used about 100 electrodes, while the brain has more than 100 billion neurons. If you want to get better fidelity on the stuff you’re beaming back and forth between people, you’re going to want to get on the order of millions of electrodes. Progress is being made rapidly at universities and laboratories throughout the world and although a practical use of telephonic communications may take some time it will come about. Language would still be common, yet telepathic communication would eliminate much of the misunderstanding that language creates.

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