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Vera Nova

Director Research Analysis, NOVA Town Futuristic Development


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Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?

I MEAN OUR LANGUAGE-OF-WORDS. Perhaps we spend immensely more time on talking than any animal.

Even while using multiple devices for communicating practically in any distance on earth for exchanging our feelings or information, we still do not understand one another any better than millennia ago.

As we see on TED most of the time we discuss or argue over our man-made TERMS, which we commonly use, but understand/interpret in different ways. We spend a lot of time arguing over the words themselves, over their meaning.

How much confusion we create by using language and its conventional terms?

Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate after all?


Closing Statement from Vera Nova

“Our view of man will remain superficial so long as we fail to go back to that origin [of silence], so long as we fail to find, beneath the chatter of words, the primordial silence, and as long as we do not describe the action which breaks this silence. the spoken word is a gesture, and its meaning, a world.”

― Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

I'd like to thank you every member who has participated in this challenging conversation.

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  • Apr 17 2014: I Honestly could not care less, you simply go round in circles; demanding that the inexplicable (Intuition) be explained to you; quite simple you have your opinion about the birds singing good for, you stick with it; the reply to you was/is in an open conversation; and given relative to an open conversation.

    As to the use of the word process; that was poorly put; I was referring to the process of answering your questions which simply go round in circles and I am done with them; find the answers within yourself; do the hard work yourself.
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      Apr 17 2014: If you're refering to me personally, Carl, I'm afraid that my topic-question is still unanswered (should be placed in a "Questions" category)

      What can we do to improve our endlessly confusing communications based on language?

      Call me opinionated but the truth is impossible to escape - our man-made language is mainly based on artificial imaging, symbolic abstractions and artificial order.

      We did not get to this point yet in this talk, and I agree with you, sort of making rounds. This is how the most important ideas come to our minds.

      The subject is rather daring. But I see many members who have brought inspiring thoughts.

      The truly serious problems of language as communication are not revealed anywhere, neither in philosophy nor in psychology. The problems we face everyday are not clearly detected and understood.

      This topic demands serious thinking, it is not just some chat with strangers.

      Thank you for your participation, I like many of your comments, I appreaciate it.
      • Apr 17 2014: Vera

        No I was not referring to you, had I been, I would have used your name; and if I do not use the persons name then I am usually speaking generally.

        Also I will apologize "to an extent" for my testiness and irritability; I was answering Lejan's questions, after a very hard day of traveling to and from the city while not being too well, and responding to Lejan until 2 30 in the morning, not a good mix. I have now had some four and a half hours sleep; and normally this hour (at least) time which lies/merges between the veil of sleep and the full consciousness of the day, is spent in introspection and deep thought.

        However as I awoke as usual and recharged with new perspectives, and thoughts etc, I decided to log on and read Lejan's further comments before responding; which apart from a very short reply I am not going to do immediately, but should be doing so a bit later when my thoughts are more in order.

        Qt: Because! This topic demands serious thinking, it is not just some chat with strangers.

        "Or one particular person"

        Addendum well I guess my reply to Lejan was not so short; ah well never mind
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          Apr 17 2014: Carl - you must have a good rest. This happens to me often, when I'm overwhelmed, tired to death and still need some work to do, and am aslo rushing to reply to someone... in a hurry... :)

          I appreciate your honest way to talk in all your comments.
          Bless you!

          P.S I really meant to say that in order to find something valuable in our work or some research we do make lots of "rounds" - it is actually the only way.

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