Re: Psycho Conlanging Closet Hypnotized --- Film at 11!
|From:||Diana Slattery <slattd@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 14, 1999, 19:05|
> Dan Sulani wrote:
> I don't doubt that technological development greatly affects human cultural development. But
> what's interesting to me is the timing: in the face of extensive linguistic extinctions on one
> hand, and the international spread of only a few languages on the other, seeming to point
> towards worldwide linguistic uniformity in the ( near? ) future; precisely at this point in
> time, a great linguistic diversity through conlanging should be flowering!
> va'i fisne xko`k! (fascinating!)
> Dan Sulani
> likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a.
> A word is an awesome thing.
That is a profound observation. By metaphorical extension, we have the drastic reduction of
biodiversity on the planet accompanied by the radical invention of new life forms with genetic
engineering. Utopian or dystopian is always the concern. Query: Did "Nature" commit suicide
(strong argument) or ditch evolution (slightly weaker argument) when she invented the human brain?
The system of the body (whether our or other lifeforms), the ecosystem of the planet, the levels of
systems within systems in each of these systems is astoundingly complex and seamlessly
choreographed. Can we author such a dance? We seem to be trying for some part of the action. I
call it the Eden Dilemma.