Signs Symbols Stories Language.
Understanding in our minds and what we express through communication in language are not systems designed to compliment each other . This leads to confusions and the disjoint can be manipulated against our own best interests.
I have been pondering lately whether in Sweden a country that uses a language with 41,000 words; (approx.)
One way to get an estimate of the number of words in the Swedish language is to look at a dictionary. The online Woxikon dictionary lists over 41,000 Swedish words. It is interesting to note that more words started with “s” than any other, by far, and the least number of words started with “q” and “x.” This is only a rough estimate of the number of words in the Swedish language.
The Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500derivative words included as subentries. Over half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs; the rest is made up of exclamations, conjunctions, prepositions, suffixes, etc. And these figures don’t take account of entries with senses for different word classes (such as noun and adjective).
I do wonder if with less words Swedes have more common stories and communicate their shared understanding at a more sub-concious level than the attempts at precision, English speaking nations make inevitably ending in a wider opportunity for misundertanding the points being made by the other person?
The above notions arise from my watching a film celebrating MIT’s Artificial Intelligence department and two themes developed by Professors Chomsky and Winston on the apparatus used for Language and the idea of Story Telling in communication and learning being the re awakening of Latent understanding.
Are we bound more by our shared stories than by our Understanding of being. I would say yes of course we are we understand very little but actually share a common conditioned understanding of our stories. Politicians call them narratives, Ad men ‘keep on message’. Meme’s, Buzz words, Soundbites the unquestioned Facts of life communicated in Language often against our instinctive better natures.
Reference these quotes at the links here.
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Intuition and concepts constitute… the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.
The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The metaphor of language and prison:
“Whorf himself, and some of his followers, have suggested that we live in a kind of intellectual prison, a prison formed by the structural rules of our language. I am prepared to accept this metaphor, though I have to add to it that it is an odd prison as we are normally unaware of being imprisoned. We may become aware of it through culture clash. But then, this very awareness allows us to break the prison. If we try hard enough, we can transcend our prison by studying the new language and by comparing it with our own.”
Widening the prison:
“Admittedly, the result will be a new prison. But it will be a much larger and wider prison. And again, we will not suffer from it. Or rather, whenever we do suffer from it, we are free to examine it critically, and thus to break out again into a still wider prison.”
Prisons as Frameworks:
“The prisons are the frameworks. And those who do not like prisons will be opposed to the myth of the framework. They will welcome a discussion with a partner who comes from another world, from another framework, for it gives them an opportunity to discover their so far unfelt chains, to break these chains, and thus to transcend themselves. But this breaking of one’s prison is clearly not a matter of routine: it can only be the result of a critical effort and of a creative effort.”
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Lastly get emotionally connected to your story so you can deliver it, you know, if you can’t deliver the emotions to your script there’s no point to your story. Story is the key.
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Robert Redford quotes