Language is deceptive


If you wonder why humans are so anxious? Or why I state that our language wreaks havoc with human consciousness (in my book ‘Harmonizing Consciousness), consider these examples;

1)  From Pamela Meyer’s TED talk, “How to Spot a Liar“- 5:00 minutes; “We’re against lying, but we’re covertly for it in ways that our society has sanctioned for centuries and centuries and centuries. It’s as old as breathing. It’s part of our culture, it’s part of our history. Think Dante, Shakespeare, the Bible, news of the world.”

2) From Wikipedia’s “Origin of Language – Problems of reliability and deception“;  From the perspective of signalling theory, the main obstacle to the evolution of language-like communication in nature is not a mechanistic one. Rather, it is the fact that symbols—arbitrary associations of sounds or other perceptible forms with corresponding meanings—are unreliable and may well be false. As the saying goes, “words are cheap”. The problem of reliability was not recognized at all by Darwin, Müller or the other early evolutionary theorists. … A theory of the origins of language must therefore explain why humans could begin trusting cheap signals in ways that other animals apparently cannot.”

3) This article (“Mental countermeasures Beat fMRI  Lie Detector”) is more proof about how ‘cheap’ our language really is.

If our language does not deliver accurate information, then it misguides. What are the ramifications of this massive and moment-to-moment misguidance to our organism, our interpersonal relationships, our communities, our species, our world?