Re: Saving the ethnosphere

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Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 07:40:21 BST

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    > The less languages around the less potential confusion will be brought
    > about by people trying to communicate as the probability increases that
    > they speak the same language.

    The tyranny of utilitarianism.

    > Extinction of redundant languages is a natural process in an environment
    > with progressive global communication.

    This is rationalization, pure and simple. Cultures are annihilated by guns, disease, and dollars.

    > Trying to intervene in this natural process, in the sense of trying to preserve
    > superfluous languages, to me seems to be as artificial as genetic
    > engineering is to biological evolution.

    How about superfluous species? Who says life itself isn't superfluous? Perhaps humans and our natural languages will one day be rendered obsolete by computers and their algorithmic tongues.

    Btw, bacteria have been sharing genes for billions of years. Humbling, isn't it?

    > A difference between the two being that, unlike the latter, the former lacks
    > possible benefit other than one of sentimental and/or historic value.

    > Phil.

    Carve out our memory, and there's nothing left but mechanism.


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