Casey Pye Posted almost 4 years ago Mark Pagel asks: Can we really afford to have all these different languages in this modern globalized world? Yes, we can afford to have different languages in our ‘modern’ world. I would venture to say that we can’t afford to lose the ones we currently possess. Each language is a specialized tool to express a cultures ambitions and desires. To lose a language is akin to losing a culture with all of its inherent strengths and weaknesses. In the U.S. we have the unfortunate tendency to be mono-lingual and expect others to share this value. Most other countries do not have the luxury (and I use that term lightly) of being so ethnocentric. Indeed, it may not be necessary to develop a common language, considering the development of emergent language technologies. For instance, services such as ‘google translate’ already are closing the gap between languages(and such technologies are only in their infancy!).