Death of an Ur-Language.
9 sep 2009
Click ur-language died out because school was too long .
The fundamental problem :
Click is both a language (ie intra-human communication) and perception modality .
Perception Modality :
The sonar returns of clicks had a one-to-one correspondence with reality . But this took a long time to learn . Reality has many things to learn , plus the correlation between visual and click systems .
Low abstraction .
Abstraction is usually a function of intra-human communication , not human-reality interaction .
Low child rate .
This follows , because it simply took a long time to train a child to become "human" , ie pass the humanity tests .
The tests were to Communicate , survive on his own , put group interests above personal interests . These were tested for , using Click language . Rites of passage .
What happened :
The hidden assumption was that Intra-human communication and Reality perception were linked , both being Click–orientated .
The invention of sustainable agriculture (note sustainable , ie climate stabilization) broke this hidden assumption .
It made large populations possible . But long childhoods with personal tuition ?
Humans farmed off the newest children onto the oldest capable children to do the minimum necessary rearing .
Sounds familiar ? Iterate this for a few generations and you have peasants with surpluses . And we are off to the civilization races .
Click-languages vanished in the process . They survived only as Holy Languages for elites with access to surpluses .
The remaining human-human click languages evolved as degenerate click-languages .
Endings , agglutinative , tonal or combinations therof .
Written forms evolved very early (see previous posts on cave paintings) . But they have not even been recognized as writing . Though Chinese ideograms or some Egyptian hieroglyphs could be seen as click encapsulations .
Ditto for Sumerian incisions .
Ditto for Peruvian quipu's.
Really amusing :
As humans become older , they lose their aural discrimination faster than ocular discrimination .
There is a severe auricular limit on aural perception .
You can see well for longer into old age than you can hear . This finally drove the click language into oblivion .
(Aural frequency discrimination starts to degenerate after age 25 , ocular after age 45)
So they threw out the baby with the bathwater .
Can the useful bits be resurrected ?
Some pieces survived . Chi (!xi) . Yoga(!xo!xa) . As elitest remnants .
Can we revive the Ur-Click ?
No problem . At least two complementary or el-cheapo singular pathways are known .
1.GPS (the smarts is in the map) . It can be easily adapted into a translation map .
2.Existing tracking maps for bushmen .
Why should we revive it ?
The benefits .
Humans might have been a tad overhasty in rejecting Click-languages . Abstract languages might be fashionable , but there is something to be said for a language that controls and monitors internal physiological processes .
The major problem would be the long time it takes to learn it .
But see http://andreswhy.blogspot.com " SUOS"
The process can be speeded up by orders of magnitude .
Things like blood pressure , heartbeat , sugar levels , obesity , muscle density , etc could be monitored and controlled by a click language via biofeedback .
Even a simple !xi at inhalation and !xo at exhalation in an athletes training will enhance his performance by about 1% - 10% .
2. Music .
Music can be seen as a poor man's version of click-music .
3. Old cave paintings .
Make some sense of them .
4. Politician talk .
Paying attention to the sounds means that at least some attention is paid to the sense .
5. Short term memory .
Predictable systems are pleasing . The missing bits can be filled in with a high degree of accuracy . Older people are then more conservative . A click system is more predictable . So , talking to old people use more click sounds .
Actual use .
The Algorithm .
1.Keep big mouth closed .This is essential .
2.Click tongue while inhaling and exhaling through nose.
Notice that the clicking falls into a pattern : double clicks at the beginning and end of each inhalation and exhalation . All humans will do this .
Once you start tongue-clicking , the cadence follows . It is deeply hardwired .
3. Why does it work ?
The double tongue-click causes pressure fluctuations right throughout the vascular system . This warns it that O2/CO2 fluctuations are coming . Mitochondria to prepare
4. Energy systems adjust . They learn .
5. For how long ?
Five minutes . See previous posts on long-term potentiation .
6. Why not just rely on heartbeat ?
Breath and heartbeat are not synchronized
7. Keep big mouth closed , and click tongue . Many problems go away .
And so it goes .