Is language a technology?

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Martin

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Is language a technology?
« on: 14/06/2009 12:30:02 »
Martin asked the Naked Scientists:
   
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Is language a technology?

Language has evolved throughout human evolution and could we determine whether language is a technological evolution or otherwise?

What do you think?

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Is language a technology?
« Reply #1 on: 14/06/2009 22:28:29 »
Or is it a culture?
Until recently, there was no actual technology involved i.e doing things with materials to achieve an end.

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Is language a technology?
« Reply #2 on: 14/06/2009 22:33:17 »
Wouldn't 'technology' imply a manufactured apparatus to perform a task ?
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Is language a technology?
« Reply #3 on: 16/06/2009 08:23:06 »
It is called Memes.

Non biological things such as Ideas and Styles that evolved, get copied, replicates in biological environments.

I bet you'll be interested in this video below;

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/susan_blackmore_on_memes_and_temes.html

And language is an interesting Memes because it shaped how a human think about his world around him.

For example, Eskimos used 11 words to define what we called ice. So, in their point of view, frozen water have at least 11 distinctive features.