The Chains of Reaction: the language reflex, the reactive interpreting of perception, behavioral response to interpretation, and the results of the response


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The Chains of Reaction: the language reflex, the interpreting of perception, behavioral response to interpretation, and the results of the response


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Results are what result from responses. Responses are responsive to perception. Perceiving is itself also a reflexive process arising as interpretive labels which have been reflexively applied to patterns of perception. As someone is exposed to a particular pattern of perception and the label for that pattern of perception, their capacity to identify that pattern may develop such that more and more refined distinctions of precision are available.

The development of sensory capacity is primary and the development of language is secondary, though sensory capacity may fade with the capacity for language still developed. Language development is a reflexive reaction to sensory stimulus and, from the reflex of language, behavioral responses arise which produce results.

How did language develop? Researchers recently have indicated that the neurological foundations of language are related to the bidepal movement of certain primates. Specifically, language developed from the neurological framework for throwing to hunt animals. See 

Walking on two legs changed the neurological structures for locomotion and soon species after species shifted more and more toward the free use of the upper limbs, which gradually evolved from forelegs to arms. At least that is the consensus among certain researchers:

Originally the ability to briefly stand upright (like a bear might do) allowed for greater height, better visibility, and increaed leverage. With humans, the capacity to stand still for long periods of time allowed for the free use of both hands, including to throw rocks and, eventually, throw spears, then to handle firearms and even operate missiles.

Using those neurological pathways for complex precision movements of the upper limbs (throwing rocks for hunting), a secondary function developed: the syntax of complex sentence formation. The rational mind is largely an “afterthought” from development of higher language functions (intellectual concepts as distinct from simple labels for physical patterns). Humans not only could throw things to hunt better, but could form hunting parties to plan their hunting attacks using a radical new technology: spoken language. Humans quickly became the most effective hunters on the surface of the planet, eventually spreading their hunting territories to the surface of all the oceans across the entire planet.

So, how is it that language development is so unique among humans? Again, according to the authors of Lingua Ex Machina, the bidepal stance of humans gave them a huge advantage in hunting over other predators because it allowed for the free use of the hands, including to throw rocks (and later spears, etc). The unique capacity to throw rocks allowed for humans to inflict damage on other creatures from a distance, which dramatically increased the safety and ease of hunting.

Generation after generation of humans bred in favor of the capacity to throw with increasing accuracy, as primitive human and humanoid species evolved diets rich in Omega 3 fatty acids from eating other animals. Skill at hunting not only meant more stable supply of more nourishing food, but the capacity to defend food supplies from other humans, or to attack other humans to access “inadequately defended” supplies of food and livestock.

Because humans could efficiently access a wide variety of foods including a wide variety of freshly-killed animals, the nutritional base of many humans was far more complex and rich than the diets of many other successful predators. By the way, humans are definitely predatory from an evolutionary perspective. Humans are the dominant predator on this planet, at least on the dry surfaces of the planet.

The most concentrated nutrients in animals are the organ centers. Humans are very efficient at killing animals and eating the nutrient-rich portions, including the organs. To further increase economic domination and stability , humans have even domesticated several species of animals in the last 10,000 years or so, especially for easy access to the animals as food.

Food chain in a swedish lake. From the bottom:...

Food chain in a swedish lake. From the bottom: freshwater shrimp, bleak, perch, northern pike, osprey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the last 10,000 years in which humans have had the easiest access to eating animal flesh, there have been huge advances in language, specifically the invention of writing. Writing has in turn led to the publishing industry and the education industry, which have led to further huge advances in technology and biochemistry and so on. The momentum of language has reached a new pinnacle with the internet and instant translation algorithms which allow for at least moderate levels of precision in communication across hundreds of languages. With the political assemblies of the United Nations and the European Union, dozens of languages are simultaneously active within a single ritual of communication. This is a historically distinct development.

With the rapid evolution of the human brain from eating healthy fresh animals, the capacity of humans to establish themselves as both a dominant and stable species is in question. In other words, it is newly possible. The dominance of humans over other animals has long been established, but human history has been punctuated by severe cataclysms, such as the black death quickly dropping the population of Europe by 50%, as well as the wars of the 20th century which corresponded to concentrated spikes of death rates, totalling to dozens of millions of deaths just in “World War Two” alone.

Within human civilizations, people have organized the feeding of masses of distant people, though typically with diets that do not produce anything close to optimal physiological functioning. Relative to starvation, it is not a “hard sell” to promote substandard, subsistence diets. Soy-based diets have been particularly popular in the West in recent years, thanks to extremely effective propaganda disseminated through the public education systems and commercial media.

Fruits of the hunt!

Fruits of the hunt! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Results must vary. There must be above average results and below average results.

Different populations will have different levels of neurological development and functionality. Infants will not be the same as teenagers. Vegetarian diets will not produce the same results as traditional primitive or paleolithic diets. Processed food diets heavy in white sugar, processed grains, and vegetable oils will not produce the same results as a diet of only nasty water and old crackers. Traditional organic coffee will not be the same as mass-produced industrial coffee.

First, sensory capacity develops. Eventually, the neurological capacity may develop for language acquisition. Then, through language and life experience, pattern recognition is nourished for whatever variety of patterns (as guided by language, which labels certain patterns as important through social feedback processes).

Pilots will develop different distinctions and perspectives than farmers. Teachers will develop different distinctions and perspectives than soldiers.

Over time, we each can develop different distinctions in language and sensitivity. Your capacity to perceive patterns and interpret may become more and more refined or precise. Your capacity to communicate way develop. Communication is for the directing of attention and of the organizing of perception, interpretation of perceptions (as in influence, governing, or “mind control”), the directing of the behavior response to linguistic interpretation of perceptions, and directing of the results produced by those behavioral responses to the interpretative reactions of language.

Language is directive. Language is influential. Language is powerful, though some uses of language are more powerful than others.

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One Response to “The Chains of Reaction: the language reflex, the reactive interpreting of perception, behavioral response to interpretation, and the results of the response”

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