Archive for February, 2012

A Strange Look at Language

I’m going to toss out another strange look article. These ones intrigue me the most because they border the line of incomprehensability.

 

Language is a very huge part in human evolution and advancement, be it teaching a child the ways of the world or physicists decyphering the laws of reality language has a massive part in our daily lives.

 

If you actually think about it though it’s an incredibly strange thing. A string of sounds created from air crossing vocal chords that follow certain patterns and rules create a mental object of expression. Even this article that you are now reading is following symbols that represent this vocal expression. But why is it that we cannot understand other languages?

Well it’s exactly the same reason that language exists, it has many many different genes involved in it. From culture to location, language is skewed by the many many many people who use it. Japanese, Italian, Korean, Greek, German, Gaelic can all be translated to english but does it mean the same things? No. It does not and never will. This is because languages can only be connected by close equivalents. Japanese uses very formal ways of speaking, titles and words expressig the context of your sentance are used in most dialogue where as german uses der, die and das to explain masculine, femenine and neutral formats of words. Many languages are so incredibly different from eachother that there IS no way to compare them other than to re-word them to meet the requirements of the translated language.

 

Language is a very strange thing. As you can definitely read.

La langue est une chose très étrange. Comme vous pouvez le lire en priorité.

Taal is een heel raar ding. Zoals je kan zeker lezen.

Sprache ist eine sehr seltsame Sache. Wie Sie sich auf jeden Fall zu lesen.

Ipsa linguae alienae. Ut potest certus legitur.

言語は非常に奇妙なものです。あなたは間違いなく読むことができます。

La langue est une chose très étrange. Comme vous pouvez le lire en priorité.

Is teanga an rud an-aisteach. Mar is féidir leat léamh cinnte.

Dil çok garip bir şeydir. Kesinlikle okumak gibi.

Ngôn ngữ là một điều rất lạ. Như bạn chắc chắn có thể đọc.

भाषा एक बहुत ही अजीब बात है. जैसा कि आप निश्चित रूप से पढ़ सकते हैं.

Gjuha është një gjë shumë e çuditshme. Siç mund ta lexoni patjetër.

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~Gaian Helmers

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New Genious on the Block

It has just recently been documented that Octopi are rapidly reaching intellectual development equivalent to our own. Scientists noticed the octopi gesturing things to each other with their tentacles, at first it seemed very basic and uncoordinated but one scientist recognized some patterns.

 

Binary. Yes. The octopi were communicating to each other in binary. Each tentacle is bit 1 through 8 and motioning its whole body up or down from its starting position is 9 and 10. Scientists are currently trying to figure out which tentacle exactly is which bit of information but they say that it should take them a few weeks at most.

 

No one knows if this is a universal language among octopi or if it’s a special case among this clan, but whats clear to me is that we may not be at the top of the food chain for long.

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~Gaian Helmers

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Sleepless Health

To most having a sleepless night can be terrible the next day. Staying up all night to finish a project or work is absolutely body breaking.

But to one man he owes his whole lively hood.  A man in Eastern Iceland turns 126 today and claims to not have slept a wink in the past 39 years. As crazy as it seems he says that if he has a steady 4th meal of vegetables and complex carbohydrates he feels invigorated and fresh all night. On his off days he meditates but never drifts to sleep. He has many hobbies such as plumbing, carving, painting, model making, jigsaw puzzles and much more. His favorite of all his hobbies is carpentry and it shows in his house. Hand built from the ground up every banister, floor board, baseboard, trim and cupboard has been hand crafted and carved by him.

He says he’s having the time of his life and hopes to live another 25-30 years. I hope he reaches that goal.

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~Gaian Helmers

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Tree Speech

It has been known for a very long time that a trees rings dictate how many years its been alive.

 

This however, has left the topic so common that no one has stopped to think about them any further.

It is believed that trees speak a language far far far far surpassing that of the first human language. The facts are in their rings…

 

Each gap represents a certain ‘point’ in a pattern, think of morse code. The sentence starts from the center ring and moves outward in any direction. It is an incredibly slow and drawn out language that takes a very long time to get to the point, but it is there. We just need to listen.

 

Other researchers argue that the sentences start in the center and read out to the end. But each sentence is only one degree of the radius of the tree. Thus a tree can say hypothetically infinite things, but realistically almost 360 sentences all at once. This is further verified by the fact that each ring is not uniform in its shape meaning that a point could be saying delicious and 2 inches further down it could be saying basket. If read center out at these different points they could be completely different topics or even a full on conversation.

 

The currently deciphered tree words are:

Hurt – Using 4 rings.

Rain – Using 5 rings.

Water – Using 2 rings.

Food – Using 2 rings.

Air – Using 6 rings.

Sick – Using 5 rings.

 

Perhaps in the near future we will be able to have some good conversations with some elder trees. Though the downside is, in order to see their half of the conversation we have to cut them down. Pretty big bummer if you ask me.

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~Gaian Helmers

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A Strange Look at Earth

Continuing on with Monday’s “A Strange Look” I’d like to talk about the Earth. What is very normal to us, is really very bizarre in a grander view of things.

 

Earths core is a spinning ball of iron wrapped in an ocean of liquid hot iron.

Earth has oceans of H2O and Mineral spires and chasms. The H2O oceans drench the surrounding land by falling from the sky.

Strangely these oceans of H2O have allowed Earth to become riddled with creatures that dig, grow, eat, fly, live, die, run and a long long list more upon its surface. It is a comfortable -50C to 60C temperature and it lacks greatly in natural gasses and diamonds.

 

It has ecosystems that span from, thick unchartable jungle, to dry arid desert, to caustic freezing wastelands and everything inbetween.

 

It’s hard to really comprehend from the perspective we have but earth is quite a strange planet.

 

To summarize it in a theoretical quote kinda way…

“You mean your planet doesnt have 3 month long dust storms? Weird”

“You mean your planet doesn’t have oceans of methane? What do you drink to stay alive?”

“Woah, your planet is -40C? Thats blazing hot. How can you stand it?”

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~Gaian Helmers

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A Strange Look at Man

Though this may not be filled with riveting fact, I’d like to bring up a strange topic…

Looking at humans in the perspective of nature.

 

Humans are an organic creature of skin and bone. But have you thought of the many processes that our skin and bones are going through?

 

Our skin is a large flesh bag thats glued to our strands of muscle and is stretched over our chest cavity in order to hold our internal organs inside of ourselves.

Our lungs, one of the strangest organs of all are sponge baloons that suck in O2 (oxygen) and feed our bloodcells. Much like a filter feeding muscle.

Our bones are hollow tubes of hard materials packed with a foamy fatty product called marrow and that marrow for some reason produces millions and millions of blood cells. (It’s happening as you read this.)

 

Disgustingly our mouth and our… are connected by one very very very long tube that intakes and ejects foods and objects. Even stranger, our skin connects without a seam to this tube, making us a complex ring.

 

Humans… and really, most animals are very very strange creatures.

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~Gaian Helmers

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SPAM! You’re welcome.

Though very destructive, spam has a very important role in the ecosystem that is the internet.

Without spam we wouldn’t have evolved the natural resistances to being scammed and manipulated out of money or other valuables. Consider this. Your bank contacts you and urgently requires you to send them your current location of residence in order to validate if your account has been tampered with or not.

Naturally you may think: “This doesn’t sound right. Perhaps I’ve been spammed with a hit and miss e-mail with the template of my bank.”

But if you hadn’t had the frequent battering of spam for your entire internet roaming life, you wouldn’t be prepared.

Much like vaccination shots you hurt yourself a little to help yourself a lot.

Thanks Spam. For preparing me for the wilderness that is the internet.

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~Gaian Helmers

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