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In its widest sense language is any means of comunication, internal to our body or external to it, whereby (by consensus, by agreement) one pattern of disturbance stands in for another pattern of disturbance and whereby the stand-in is used to get to the meaning, which is usually an image but can also be a concept. In this sense all codes can be considered as languages and all languages as codes. Language has superimposed IMAGINATION on reality creating a third tier reality ll/ll ll/2 (see conjoint). Take for example the word “apple”. In the absence of the real apple we can smell, touch and eat, the word “apple” will instantly connect english speakers to the image of an apple, although not the apple itself. It instead connects each english hearer with his or her images (memory-store) concerning apples. For each person it will be different but sufficiently the same for all of them to get the meaning. Language is an amazingly useful tool but at the same time narrows and restricts the vision and understanding of “apple” to a limited but specific meaning. With language structured as it is, it is hard to see how it could be done otherwise. But the similarity between images ignores the differences, the peculiarities, the freshness, the newness, the uniqueness, the unbelievable miracle of each encounter with each new thing and each new event in reality. Most of this escapes us all the time. Imagination effectively acts as a veil covering the ll Reality, not to mention Reality l , which is unknown to us.

Perhaps the closest we can get to the ll tier reality is to watch nature’s disturbances internally within ourselves and externally outside ourselves, without language, without coding, without thinking (in other words free from the interference and distortion of imagination).

See Philosophy chart N.22 code See key article Code & Coding.

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