“The Most General, Powerful, and Necessary” - The CTMU On Language Part 1
Let Us Contemplate the General and Necessary Power of our Birthright [Language] in this very Work, in this Very World —the World of Cognition and Universe.
From the Introduction to the CTMU:
“How is this [theoretical framework of Intelligent Design] to be done? In a word, with language. This does not mean merely that language should be used as a tool to analyze reality, for this has already been done countless times with varying degrees of success. Nor does it mean that reality should be regarded as a machine language running in some kind of vast computer. It means using language as a mathematical paradigm unto itself. Of all mathematical structures, language is the most general, powerful and necessary. Not only is every formal or working theory of science and mathematics by definition a language, but science and mathematics in whole and in sum are languages. Everything that can be described or conceived, including every structure or process or law, is isomorphic to a description or definition and therefore qualifies as a language, and every sentient creature constantly affirms the linguistic structure of nature by exploiting syntactic isomorphism to perceive, conceptualize and refer to it. Even cognition and perception are languages based on what Kant might have called “phenomenal syntax”. With logic and mathematics counted among its most fundamental syntactic ingredients, language defines the very structure of information. This is more than an empirical truth; it is a rational and scientific necessity.” - Christopher M. Langan, The Cognitive Theoretic Model of the Universe
I will be spending multiple instances [multiple articles] breaking down this My most favourite of paragraphs from the CTMU. So for now allow yourself just to ponder the quote and let it sink in…
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