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A confluence of words that are oral and restructure one's consciousness

A confluence of words that are oral and restructure one's consciousness

Word Lock: Now you can do away with the conventional number lock and turn to the Word lock, which requires a decent amount of word power in order to cook up your own uncheckable word

Word Lock: Now you can do away with the conventional number lock and turn to the Word lock, which requires a decent amount of word power in order to cook up your own uncheckable word

English is theinternational language, or at least the most spken language on earth(apart from Chinese) Languages are alive It's possible English will disappear and language  will exist  read and written differently

English is theinternational language, or at least the most spken language on earth(apart from Chinese) Languages are alive It's possible English will disappear and language will exist read and written differently

When one sees words in the mind, what font are they in? How do you see actual  words in your head as you think?Do you see words at all? Is it a voice in your head? Do you see subtitles? The letter forms mean something beyond themselves.

When one sees words in the mind, what font are they in? How do you see actual words in your head as you think?Do you see words at all? Is it a voice in your head? Do you see subtitles? The letter forms mean something beyond themselves.

Mashup is the word used by digital DJs, and is a term they use to describe the act of taking data fro multiple sources and putting it into one application. Voice Mashups is an emerging Technology

Mashup is the word used by digital DJs, and is a term they use to describe the act of taking data fro multiple sources and putting it into one application. Voice Mashups is an emerging Technology

Doug built the font panel using an etched PCB(No laser cutter required), and constructed a circuit board to illuminate the proper display sections using LEDs.

Doug built the font panel using an etched PCB(No laser cutter required), and constructed a circuit board to illuminate the proper display sections using LEDs.

The word is still present in new technologies and how we use these electronics and the words we write or read  in them

The word is still present in new technologies and how we use these electronics and the words we write or read in them

Word calibration and collation

Word calibration and collation

Origins of the Proto Indo-European languages

Origins of the Proto Indo-European languages

The origins of the  Alphabet

The origins of the Alphabet

Pictorial Origin of Ten Cuneiform Signs

Pictorial Origin of Ten Cuneiform Signs

Dakota Winter Counts

Dakota Winter Counts

Semantic Topology keeps meanings and context so it guarantee accuracy of multilanguage.  in any language without losing contextAll the meanings locked in semantic matrix-grid and may be interpreted

Semantic Topology keeps meanings and context so it guarantee accuracy of multilanguage. in any language without losing contextAll the meanings locked in semantic matrix-grid and may be interpreted

Are words not found in modern technological age because they are no more in use, not found because of the less reading of books, or because the technological is issuing an era of fewer words... or what?

Are words not found in modern technological age because they are no more in use, not found because of the less reading of books, or because the technological is issuing an era of fewer words... or what?

The chart above provides a general overview of some ways the transmission of Orality to Print Hypertext and online technologies has occurred

The chart above provides a general overview of some ways the transmission of Orality to Print Hypertext and online technologies has occurred

There Is Structure To Everything In Universal, And On Any Form Manifestating Itself In Real Reality

One of the first steps for me to do in this Hub is to try and give some parameters as to what constitutes or is Consciousness.Understanding Structure, memory and consciousness, would be apropos in this part of the Hug. The article below is inspired by the musings and writing os Julian Jaynes who talks about the origins of consciousness.

Memory Banks of Consciousness

All universal consciousness is seen as a living memory of the creator, a conscious living thought form of supreme intelligence. These living memory membranes, act as data banks which contain all forms of creation past present and future. There are some evolved souls that have are on their spiritual journey that can connect with these higher realms of consciousness and recall past events and future possibilities not just in earthly terms but in many universal forms of consciousness.

Memory banks are data banks not only to hold universal memories but also can create new ones from the possibilities to the probable outcome within the light of creation. They hold all the inventions and creativeness of universal evolution as the universal source creates out of it's own consciousness.

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These energies are continually changing and moving within their own vibration and oscillation nothing is ever stagnant as energy must continually vibrate and oscillate within their own form of consciousness. Universal consciousness is a massive fluctuation of colourfull energy patterns which intertwine throughout the multi-universes creating and non creating the thoughts of universal intelligence of the creator.

Many things are created for all varieties of life on many planets not just on planet earth, but not all of them get manifested as so many are only possibilities until they are observed, once observed it then becomes a probability and gets materialised into a solidity of matter. Imagine someone who writes a play there are many possibilities to this play, the theme of this particular play is that someone gets murdered so there must be a murderer in the play.

This is the probability but there are many ways to create such a murder so that gives the writer of the play many choices, but the outcome will still be that someone gets murdered and that someone was the murderer. Universal creation is similar in that it has so many potentials to the theme or creation that is being created on an ethereal level that it is open to many possibilities that will lead to an outcome of a probability, but once the script and the players have been chosen and the rehearsals get under way it becomes more and more manifested until it appears in the realm of solidity or reality.

While the script is being written it can be altered until the play writer is happy with what he has written and the roles he has chosen, but once that play goes on the universal stage then nothing can be altered it then gets manifested into a reality. This is how universal energies work once it’s been played out in its full form of the play in its ethereal realms then it will manifest itself and cannot be changed.

Re-Restructuting Newer Froms Of Structural Consciousness

There is a structure to everything in universal creation and there is a structure to all forms of sentient life no matter how chaotic it may seem in the manifestation of reality. No matter how dark that reality may seem in its illusion of earthly reality, the outcome will always be seen through the light and form of its creator. To bring about change to any form of reality you have to re-structure a new form of consciousness, create a new scenario to a new play, but first the old play must close before a new one can begin this is how universal consciousness works.

It creates all forms of plays with all different roles for people to play, but there comes a time when these plays need to close so that new ones can begin this brings in a new form of structure a new theme to a new play(Existential Reality). This is what is now happening in the earthly reality, old themes will now close and new ones will begin this can bring about illusions of chaos but what is to be remembered is that we who live on earth have not seen the ending of the play and how the beginning of the new play begins.

These new realistic manifestations have many possibilities but some of those possibilities have already been played out in their manifested role in the ethereal realms of universal creation, we now must wait and see which ones have been chosen to manifest in our reality, but no matter which one it is or how it seems to us in our illusions of reality, you can be sure that the final outcome will be through the energies of light.

The Earth's consciousness is moving towards its original source within its own vibrational consciousness, so it may align itself with the rest of the universe. Within the next few years it will cleanse itself so it can make a quantum leap to a higher oscillation of vibration within the prisms of its own light the pattern that holds the earths consciousness within its own energy source.

When earth was first created from the sub atomic explosion of a star, it was filled with a pattern of light from which the star burst gave, the colours within this burst of energy is the basic structure to the life that earth sustains herself. It is this light and the colours within it that holds the evolution key to all life past, present and future and with each change of evolutionary consciousness the earths vibration and oscillation moves up the universal consciousness ladder always bringing new cycles and new changes not only for the inhabitants, but also to its geographical pattern.

The prisms of light within the earth's consciousness is filled with colours of greens, blues, yellow/gold and reds which gives it the diversity to form molecules of various forms of organisms. These energies gave the planet the tools to re create over billions of earthly years to that in which we see at present.

There have many changes in the evolution of the planet and its inhabitance over the cycles of years and now through another cycle it will change its pattern once again bringing it closer to its original source of oscillation and frequency. There have been many misalignments to the patterns of earths consciousness and it is still out of synchronisation to its original source, many changes have been made not from the consciousness of the earths energy but by mankinds destruction. There are many holes within the electromagnetic energy field of the earth's consciousness, but now it will begin another cleansing cycle and repair itself for the new cycle of energy consciousness that is to begin.

This will uplift the earth energy consciousness to a much bigger collective source so it can expand itself alongside other consciousness of other dimensional time/space realms. All these cycles of energy waves build themselves up to a grand scenario some bigger than others all depending on the cycle but the one we now await is the grandfather of them all a cycle of 311,040 years, 12 cycles of 25,920 years.

The smaller cycles are every 2,160 years then the second cycle is 25,920 years but the cycle of the grand slam is 311,040 which we are now approaching, then all universal consciousness in the whole of the meta-verse will come together in its new vibration of synchronisity, a new song shall be played throughout the universe forever changing the energy consciousness that will play a new tune through the universal orchestra which signals a great time of change. It is a tonal sound that is played throughout the universes so that every universal consciousness of energy can tune itself into the new song.

The earth had its biggest change of consciousness when the link of evolution took a quantum leap and brought forth the creation of homo sapient, it was from this period onwards that the earth's consciousness gradually became misaligned as it took on a slightly different form of nature. The collective consciousness of the homo sapient began draining the natural nature of the earth's energies, they became slower in their vibration and the tonal sound of her oscillation began to resonate in a different frequency shifting it a little out of tune to its orignal matrix.

The colours within the earth's consciousness that resonates within its pattern of light began to fade and has become jaded over numerous years and as mankind mutiplied the colours and vibration of the earths frequency slowed down and gradually got weaker. But now with a grand new cycle will help earth rise in her frequency and oscillation which will speed up her vibration and put light into the colours of her hue. This light will renew the oscillation of her tonal sound which will resonate to a much higher frequency so that a new song can be heard.

During the last cycle many new diseases were born this was due to the earth's living consciousness being out of sinc to its natural form when this occurs nature intervenes, in the past we have known about floods, the ice age and many other natural phenomenas creating new geography patterns on the planet this was necessary to rid herself of the unatural baggage it was carrying. In this grand cycle of change a new play has been created by the universal creator and new roles have been chosen, there will be new acts to the play with new possibilities leading to new probabilities for us all, it is up to all human beings to find their own role in this new enlightenment of creation and re create with their own universal consciousness into the big picture of change and bring about a balance of the dualities of nature. The more people that become aware of this great change of consciousness throughout our world and raise their own inner spiritual awareness the better for the planet and all those that exist upon her.

The change of this great cycle of consciousness is like an orchestra and all it needs is to be in tune with each other for the music to be played correctly, but for those who are not in tune or who are out of sync to the rest of universal consciousness it will be like diving into a pool of water and finding out that not much water is there, it will be a shock to the system..

It will be difficult for those who hold on to old concepts, old belief systems and old habitual patterns as their energy vibration will not be in alignment to the new vibration of the planet. So let us all bring our own light and help strengthen the universal consciousness of light to be brighter so that it can dispel the darkness we are existing in. It is now time for balance and more harmony to live and exist within the natural energies of all nature and not just by the desires of the human self.

The memory banks of consciousness is just that, it holds all that has been, all that is now and the potential of what is to come, we as human beings have that potential to change and to ride with ease into the new cycle of energy consciousness that is soon to be upon us, so we may look back to the memory banks of consciousness and see the positive change it holds.

The Word is Language Loss or Language Upgrade

The nature of our being is a process of intertwined forms of human behavior and senses. We are wired to have all these different functions simultaneously, resulting in one of the many ways that we communicate and express ourselves. In this manner we are able to, in a dual way manifest what we call personal behavior and social behavior. This has enabled man to be able to express himself in an artificial and natural way, be able to express his feelings and his thoughts. He can do so by writing poetry, painting or some form of art. Man can also communicate his thoughts, feelings and ideas by means of conventional and understandable formats. This seem to indicate that expression and communication are closely intertwined with each other in all forms of human behavior. If one speaks of the other, then the other one should be considered too.

Gelb says: "In order to communicate thoughts and feelings, there must be conventional system of signs or symbols which, when used by some persons, are understood by other persons receiving them. Communications under normal circumstances requires the presence of two(or more) persons, the one(s) who emit(s) and the one(s) who receive(s) the communication." It is important for us to understand the origins of the Word Alphabet ( phonetic writing), Grammatical man , and the origin of Language. In addition, we will explore the new, emerging, merging, Interconnected Chatspeak, Internet Slang and symbols, Instant Messaging, net shorthand, Web Acronyms languages.

Walter Ong sees computer language as something that represent human languages, Ong says that: "Computer languages, unlike human languages[English, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Mandarin Chinese, Twi or Shohone, Zulu, etc., do not grow out of the unconscious but directly out of consciousness. Computer language rules('grammar') are stated first and thereafter used, The 'rules' of grammar in natural human languages are used first and can be abstracted from usage and stated explicitly in words only with difficulty and never completely

The Language of Orality

The word is sound, that is, it comes out as a pronounced word, but it is sound. We are talking here about cultures that depend on orality than in writing. Before we became a typographic culture, we were an oral orientated society and culture. Sound or orality is dynamic and has power. Man has power to name things and to the oral man, 'words are the tools for the job of saying what you want to say'(Evans). We do not have to know a variety of the words to meet our needs. But we can approach our because the more words we know, the closer we come to expressing precisely what we want to.

Ong says that: "Without writing, words as such have no visual presence,even when the objects they represent are visual. They are sounds. You might 'call' them back - 'recall' them. But there is nowhere to 'look' for them. They have no focus and no trace (a visual metaphor, showing dependency on writing), not even a trajectory. They are occurrences, events." A vocabulary is a tool which one uses in formulating the important questions of life, the questions which must be asked before they can be answered. To a large extent, vocabulary shapes all the decisions we make. Most decisions, of course, are shaped by our emotions, by circumstances, and by the forces which may hold us back or urge us on.

These circumstances and forces are largely beyond our control. But our speech is a sort of searchlight that helps us to see these things more clearly and to see ourselves in relation to them. At least it helps us call things by their right names.(Rosa/Clark) According to Walter Ong: "To learn what a primary oral culture is and what the nature of our problem is regarding such a culture, it helps first to reflect on the nature of sound itself as sound. All sensation takes place in time, but sound has a special relationship to time unlike that of the other fields that register human sensation.

Sound exists only when it is going out of existence. It is not simply perishable but essentially evanescent, and it is sensed as evanescent. When I pronounce the word 'permanence ', by the time I get to the '-pence'. the 'perma-' is gone, and has to be gone." Once uttered, the word helps to further the idea it described. Words are one of the major means that enables us to adjust to all situations. With a broad based word knowledge of vocabulary we begin to see how we acquire vocabulary and intelligence, and that ability of being able to increase our vocabulary, this surely reflects on our intellectual progress.

Mnemonics

How do we retain what we say without the writing process? As we have pointed out above, words disappear and are not stored as they are in books. It is true that we use words to adjust to all situations, and we are enabled deal with our lives if we have better control of the word, in the process this helps us better control and successfully adjust to changing life and phenomena. Havelock explains how we are able to do so: "Think memorable thoughts. In a primary oral culture, to solve effectively the problem of retaining and retrieving carefully articulated thought, you have to do your thinking in mnemonic patterns, shaped for ready oral recurrence.

Your thought must come into being in heavily rhythmic, balanced patterns, in repetitions or antithesis, in alliterations and assonances, in epithetic and other formulary expressions, in standard thematic settings(the assembly, the meal,the duel, the hero's 'helper', and so on), in proverbs which are constantly heard by everyone so that they come to mind readily, or in other mnemonic form. Serious thought is intertwined with memory systems(Which we briefly touched-up upon above in the introduction). Mnemonic needs determine even syntax."

Mnemonics means 'assisting or intended to assist the memory or programming code that is easy to remember'. It can also be seen as the process or technique of improving or developing the memory. The more sophisticated orally patterned thought is, the more it is likely to be marked by set expressions skillfully used. We learn gather words and know them through speaking and hearing others speak. Havelock's 'Preface to Plato' and fictional works such as Chinua Achebe's novel 'No Longer at Ease', which directly draws on Ibo oral tradition in West Africa,alike provide abundant instances of thought patterns of orally educated characters who move in these oral, mnemonically tooled grooves, as the speakers reflect, with high intelligence and sophistication, on the situations in which they find themselves involved. The law itself in oral culture is enshrined in formulaic sayings, proverbs, which are not mere jurisprudential decorations, but themselves constitute the law. A judge in an oral culture is often called on to articulate sets of relevant proverbs out of which he can produce equitable decisions in the cases under formal litigation before him.(Ong '78)

In oral culture, to think through something in non-formulaic, non-patterned, non-mnemonic terms, even if it were possible, would be waste of time, for such thought, once worked through, could never be recovered with any effectiveness, as it could be with the aid of writing. It would not be abiding knowledge but simply a passing thought, however complex. In oral culture, experience is intellectualized mnemonically.(Ong) In the past early centuries, savants living in a particular culture that knew some literacy, still carried an overwhelmingly massive oral residue, memory bulks so large whenever they used them as part of the power of their minds. The pleasure one feels as ones vocabulary develops this also comes with increased power and knowledge on oneself. For words are to mind what such actions are to the body.

The Alphabet and Its Affects

What the phonetic alphabet has done,is that it has become more than a writing system. All of Western science, mathematics, jurisprudence, politics, economics, social organization, and religion are intimately linked to the alphabet. This means that the phonetic alphabet is a system for organizing information. The alphabet has contributed to the development of codified law, monotheism, abstract science, deductive logic and individualism, just to name a few. The alphabet is one of the first things children learn once they are able to speak. The knowledge of the alphabet is a gateway to knowledge.

Logan says: "The twenty-six letters of English (or Roman) alphabet are the keys not only to reading and writing, but also to a whole philosophy of organizing information. We use the letters of the alphabet to order the words in our dictionaries, the articles in our encyclopedia, and the books in our libraries. These systematic approaches to coordinating information based on the medium of the alphabet have suggested other forms of classification and codification that are part and parcel of Western science, law, engineering and social organization."

The Alphabet, as a from of writing, it is not the only one. There is Logographic writing, in which each spoken word os represented by its own visual sign, which denotes or depicts the word,symbolically or pictorially. This dates back to the Sumer of 3100 B.C. and is still the basis for the present form of Chinese writing.

Walter Ong made these following observations about the Alphabet:

Ong says that the first early scripts were from Mesopotamiam: 3,500 BC(I wonder why he left out Cuneiform writing); Egyptians Hieroglyphics: 3,000 BC; Indus Valley(India): 3,000 BC; Chinese: 1,500 BC; Mycenean Linear B )proto-Greek): 1,200 BC. Ong further says: "Scripts match symbols to objects(both physical objects ad conceptual objects. The symbol-to-object my be complicated by more than one step. For example, the Chinese character which depicts 2 trees don to symbolize two trees but the concept of woods of forest. Abstract pictures of a mother and child together present the concept good or contented. The sound ofor the word woman is 'ny'; for shild ; for good 'hau '. Thus there is no relationship between the pictorial symbol and the spoken word. Chinese can write write ideogram, few can write the spoken Chinese words they understand, and that to become significantly learned in Chinese writing system normally takes some 20 years.

Another form of writing is the Syllabic system, in which each individual syllable in the spoken language is phonetically coded with its unique visual sign. Syllabaries lie somewhere between logographic and alphabetic writing systems. Alphabets code each individual phoneme,while syllabaries code each individual syllable, and logographic systems depict an entire word with one sign. the phonetic alphabet is the most recent or the three writing systems. It is the most economical, with the fewest number of signs, and hence is the most abstract. It is these properties of the alphabet that have influenced the development of Western culture and contributed to what we shall call the "Alphabet effect ".(Logan)

The effects of the alphabet and the abstract, logical, systematic thought that it encouraged explain why science began in the West and not the East, despite the much greater technological sophistication of the Chinese ... the inventors of metallurgy, irrigation systems, animal harnesses, paper, ink, printing,movable type, gunpowder, rockets, porcelain and silk. Credit must also be given to monotheism and codified law,an essential building-block of science. Phonetic writing was essential to the intellectual development in the West. No such development occurred in the East.(Logan)

We really do not know how words are stored in our minds, but there does seem to be a sort of filing system. Words cannot be separated from ideas. They interact. The idea comes up from our subconscious clothed in words. Everyone has tried to remember a word and have been unable to. Sometimes it is a common word, one that we know we know. Try as hard as we may, it never comes when we want it. Out of the blue, later when we do not want it, it comes to us readily in our minds. Our no knowing how how this filing system works, the fact of the matter is that, once we master a word, it is connected to our minds with scores of other words.

Whenever we acquire a vocabulary, it becomes a tool which one uses in formulating important questions of life. To a large extent, vocabulary shapes all decisions we make. Our speech is a sort of searchlight that helps us to see these things more clearly and t see ourselves in relation to them. At least it helps us call things by the names we know and have given them. We have to understand ow information is being communicated, so that this will enable us to understand the media. It is very important to study how the alphabet, independent of the spoken languages it transcribes or the information it makes available, has its own impact. We need to understand the way in which information is mediated and delivered. We need to study the medium as a "message" and the messages that the medium transmits that a full appreciation of cultural and historical processes can emerge

Grammatical Effects on Man

Information is a word which has never been easy to pin down. In its most familiar sense today, information is news,intelligence, facts, and ideas that are acquired and passed on as knowledge. It is important to know that the word was used with a more active, constructive meaning, as something which gives a certain form or character to matter, or to the mind; a force which shapes conduct, trains, instructs, inspires or guides.

Jeremy Campbell says: "Information theory shows that there are good reasons why the forces of antichance are as universal as the forces of chance., even though entropy has been presented a the overwhelmingly more powerful. The proper metaphor for the life process, may not be a pair of rolling dice or a spinning roulette wheel, but the sentences of a language, conveying information that is predictable and partly unpredictable,. These sentences are generated by rules which make much out of little, producing a boundless wealth of meaning from a finite store of words; they enable language to be familiar yet surprising, constrained yet unpredictable within its constraints.

Sense and order, the theory says, can prevail against nonsense and chaos. the world need not regress towards the simple, the uniform, and the banal, but may advance in the direction of richer and more complex structure, physical and mental. Life, like language, remains "grammatical." The classical view of entropy implied in that structure is the exception and confusion the rule. The theory of information suggests instead that order is entirely natural: grammatical man inhabits a grammatical universe.(Campbell) The sift from orality to writing intimately interrelates with more psychic and social developments than we are aware of. Developments in food production, in trade, in political organization, in religious institutions, in technological skills, in educational practices, in means of transportation, in family organization, and in other areas of human life all play their own distinctive roles.

In treating the technologizing of the word, sometimes one gets the impression as if we are talking about its nature as being that of 'verbal communication'. According to Ong, McLuhan talked about The 'Medium is the Message' , which Ong says that it is not quite the 'message'. Ong writes: Human Communications, verbal and other, differs from the 'medium' model most basically in that it demands anticipated feedback in order to take place at all. In the medium model, the message is moved from sender-position to receiver-position. In real human communication, the sender has to be not only in the sender position but also in the receiver position before he/she can send anything.

Words are modifications of a more-than-verbal situation. I have to sense something in the other's mind to which my own utterance can relate. Human communication is never one way. Always, it not only calls for response but is shaped in its very form and content by anticipated response." In order for us to understand human communications and media, we have to understand what the process is the process that takes place for communication to happen. To formulate anything one must have another person or other persons already 'in mind'. This is the paradox of human communication. Communication is intersubjective.

The media model is not. There is no adequate model in the physical universe for this operation of consciousness, which is distinctively human and which signals the capacity of human beings to form true communities wherein a person shares the person, interiority, intersubjectively. Willingness to live with the 'media' model of communication shows chirographic conditioning. First, chirographic cultures regard speech as more specifically informational than do oral cultures, where speech is more performance orientated, more a way of doing something to someone.(Ong)

Modern studies in the shift from orality to literacy and the sequels of literacy, print and the electronic processing of verbalization, make more and more apparent some of the ways in which this evolution has depended on writing.

The language of the Internet

Language is Not Changing or Maybe it is

The Internet,is by far the greatest power overall that has the ability to change public perception. The net has changed the way private citizens perceive their ability to understand and affect the global system. anyone that cruising and surfing the net has the ability to interconnect with anything and anyone around the world. The real power of the Internet comes from one being able to interact with ones peers.

The net is not only dealing with sending e-mails to and fro, most of the other interaction taking place on the web had to do with 'conferencing and posting'. These groups are made of "newsgroups". Individual users post "articles" into a particular group. Users reads the postings and responds by joining the discussion with their own postings. A board is broken up into groups called "conferences," and new discussions within the conference are called "topics" to which users post 'responses." All these activities occur in what is now called "cyberspace"- a territory that does not submit to any conventional boundaries or hierarchies.

Generally speaking,when we talk about "language and the Internet", we are referring to language issues that arise in constructing natural language to be carried across the Internet(e.g., e-mail, chat, the content portion of web pages). When people talk about "Web languages", they usually mean coding systems(e.g., HTM JavaScript) for constructing Web pages. At the intersection of these domain is the problem of figuring out how to design search procedures and coding systems that enable end users to employ natural language input(typically a word or phrase) to locate information posted somewhere in cyberspace on one or more of the billions of Web pages that exist.(Naomi Baron).

There are many other words that constitute Internet language and which describe important parts that function on the Net. What is of interest for this article as it pertains to language, is what is called "Internet", of "Net Shorthand", "Chat Speak," "Initialisms," "Telegraphese," "Internet Jargon," and so forth. It is also interesting to note that there are intellectuals who rejoicing and celebrating the birth of this 'new language'. Some say it is good for the English language as stated by the Science Daily in one of its articles Science News: 'Always On' Impacts Personal Relationships, More Than It Impacts The Written Language - "Instant messaging, Blogs, Wikis, Social networking sites, and Cell Phones, all of these allow us to communicate with each other - wherever, whenever.

Many people speculate that online and mobile technologies have widely impacted written language, especially that of teenagers and young adults. Naomi baron, a Linguistics Professor at American Universities says that it is not so. Technologies such as e-mail, Instant Messaging, and Text Messaging aren't sounding the death knell for written language as we know it," Baron said. "In fact, studies in the US and UK and Sweden all report that teenagers have a rather clear understanding that 'school writing' is different from the messages they send to friends. Baron states that our technology has influenced our reading, writing, speaking and listening behaviors.

She thinks that we should concern ourselves less about the effects of technology in our writing and focus instead on how it might be changing our interpersonal relationships. Baron writes: "However, new online and mobile technologies increase the range of options at our disposal for choosing when we want to interact with whom. We check caller ID on our cell phones before taking the call. We block people on IM or Facebook. And we forward e-mail or text messages to people for whom they were never intended.

Although ignoring calls, e-mails and messages on our cell phones and laptops may potentially affect our relationships in a negative way, such behavior isn't always a bad thing.(!!) This does not jive with the assertion that cyber language distorts language and/or not communication. Being dependent on our new and emerging technologies, and their technique of new communication taking over our language, which a few people even know, is really disturbing.

English In Deep Trouble?

Science Daily in an article dubbed "Language Development Via the Internet" .. The advent of new language styles and forms end\gendered by the Internet, and related communication developments such as SMS messaging should be greeted with delight. This is the greatest development of the English Language since the advent of the printing press in the middle ages. When people notice a growth of informality in language use,their concerns center around whether this will cause a general deterioration in the quality of language.

The prophets of doom emerge every time a new technology influences language. of course - they gathered when printing was introduced in the 15th century, as well as when the telephone was introduced in the 19th, and when broadcasting came along in the 20th; and they gathered again when it was noticed that the INternet writing broke several rules of formal standard English - in such areas as punctuation, capitalization and spelling.

All that has happened, in fact, is that the language's resources for the expression of informality in writing have hugely increased - something which has not been seen in English since the middle ages, and which was largely lost when standard English." Crystal feels like we should celebrate this new language 'in a creative way', then he advices: "There is of course, a role for educationalist in teaching children which style is the most appropriate and where.(!!!)

G. Pullum commenting on what Phaln responded to on their comment exchange pn his Language Log Plaza that: "His comments(Phaln's) made on some sort of slangy stuff on the web made for a bad idea for grammarians seeking information about English: "I came to me that the English language was in deep trouble when people start saying "rotfl" and "lol" in person. I've heard a half-hour radio discussion about it on the BBC World Service(in the middle of the night).

It seems likely that at least some people really do think English might be altered radically by infusion of e-mail abbreviations for phrases like "[I'm] rolling on the floor laughing" or "I'm] laughing out loud" into regular spoken English. Don't worry. nothing radical or even slightly significant will happen. Suppose, say, "rotfl" (pronounced "rotfull"") became quite common in speech(which seems unlikely..) Interjections are so unimportant to the fabric of language that they are almost completely ignored in grammars. They have no syntactic properties at all - you pop one in when the spirit moves you. Don't worry about English. It will do fine. Not even floods of e-mail-originated phrases entering the lexicon would change it in any significant way."

Post Technosized Language

A much more further analysis and break-down of the Lnaguage of the Internet will be done in a second article from this one. Suffice to say that we shall have to look at its Linguistic Perspectives; The Language of the Email; The Language of Chat Groups; The Language of Virtual Worlds and the Overall Language of the Web. Some people think that the New Language of the Internet is not affecting our present language. The are others who say that it is and the Internet is even affecting our behaviors.

Dan Crystal wanted to know, form Shawn Wilbur, what it was like to be a regular citizen of the Internet or netizen? Shawn replied: "For me it is the work of few hours a day, carved up into minutes and carried on from before dawn until long after dark. I venture out onto the Net when I wake in the night,while coffee water boils, or bathwater runs, between manuscript sections oar student appointments.

Or I keep network connection open in the background while I do other work. Once or twice a day, I log on for longer periods of time,mostly engage in more demanding realtime communication, but I find that is not enough. Virtual community is this work, this immersion, and also the connection it represents. Sometimes it is realtime communication. More often it is asynchronous and mostly solitary, a sort of textual flirtation that only occasionally aims at any direct confrontation of voices or bodies.

Dan crystal in his other exerpt titled "Addicted to the Internet" shares this piece: "I wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom and stop to check your email on the way back to bed. You sign off and your screen says your on for three days and 45 minutes. You placed the refrigerator beside your computer. You say "scroll up" when someone asks what was it you said. All of your friends have at @ in their names. You tell the cab driver you live at http://123.elm.street/house/bluetrim.html. You check your e-mail. It says 'no new messages'. So you check it again. Your phone bill comes to your doorstep in a box. Our task is to investigate the linguistic properties of the 'electronic revolution'. and to take a view whether the way in which we use language on the internet is becoming different from our previous linguistic behavior that it might genuinely be described as revolutionary

It would seem like the language is changing how we write, speak, behave and perceive. This new technology is not only stretching our minds and bodies ad infinitum, but it is now pushing the old ways of expression, behavior, sensing, thought perceptions and language in all directions like nerve ends.

Maybe it is the change we are not used to or one that is out of our understanding, but it is a change worth noting and observing that language has be stretched and spread in all the directions the Internet goes in, and this, in of itself, means that language has been affected immeasurable and we are still trying to cope with what it means to have our perceptions, thoughts, behaviors, and languages changed and affected and strewn all over the ends of the continuous reaches of the Web.

Technology has made our language usage and facilitation to be used through its technique of spreading and developing endlessly out of our consciousness and awareness. It would seem like the Internet is not only making the word to be utilized efficiently, it has totally changed it and technologized it. It is this issue that raises concern as to whether this is the death of language as we know it or the upgrading of the language as we know it.

To understand on-line culture, though, we release our transportation and conduit assumptions because they are no longer functional. We move again, to a listening model. As effective listeners have known all along, to "receive' a message, you cannot be just a receptacle; instead, you reach out to meet the message - the idea, the meaning, the feeling - at least halfway.

The listening self is in motion, taking action, traveling, connecting, accessing. While our culture has become more computer-saturated, we've noticed important clues that these newer forms of communication and listening. Although many metaphors in these early stages of a new technology upon the old directness assumptions that are most easily recognized by written messages ("mail,""bulletin boards," etc.), increasingly the medium is morphing into re-oralized forms ("chat" rooms," "discussion groups," etc.). Ong recognized this as an implication of "secondary orality," the developmental stage of human life that extends our former emphasis on literacy

The electronic transformation of verbal expression has both deepened the commitment of the word to space initiated by writing intensified by print and has brought consciousness to a new age of secondary orality. Although the full relationship of the electronically processed word to the orality-literacy polarity with which this book concerns itself is too vast a subject to be considered in its totality here, some few points need to made. Despite what is sometimes said, electronic devices are not eliminating printed books but are producing more of them.

Electronically taped interviews produce 'talked' books and articles by the thousands which would never have seen print before taping was possible. The new medium here reinforces the old, but of course transform it because it fosters a new self-consciously informal style, since typographic folk believe it should normally be formal. Moreover, as earlier noted, composition on computer terminals is replacing older forms of typographic composition, so that soon virtually all printing will be done in one way or another with the aid of electronic equipment. and of course,information of al sorts electronically gathered and/or processed makes its way into print to swell the typographic output.

Finally, the sequential processing and spatializing of the word, initiated by writing and raised to a new order of intensity by print, is further intensified by the computer, which maximizes commitment of the word to space and to (electronic) local notion and optimizes analytic sequentiality by making it virtually instantaneous(Ong)

To say that a great many changes in the psyche and in culture connect with the passage from 'orality to writing' is no to make writing(and or sequel, print) the sole cause of all the changes. The connection is not a matter or reductionism or relationism. The shift from orality to writing intimately interrelates with more psychic and social developments than than we have yet noted.

Developments in food production, in trade, in political organization, in religious institutions, in technological skills, in educational practices, in means of transportation, in family organization, and in other areas of human life all play their own distinctive roles. But most of at these developments, and indeed very likely one of them have themselves been affected, often at great depth, by the shift from orality to literacy and beyond, as many of them have in turn affected the shift.(Ong)

In treating the technologizing of the word, for the most part the term "media" has not been explored fully in tis article The reason is that the term can give a false impression of the nature of verbal communication, and of other human communication as well. think of a 'medium' of communication or or of 'media' of communication suggests that communication is a pipeline transfer of units of material called 'information' from one place to another.

From one end of the pipe the 'information' proceeds to the other end, where someone decodes it(restores its propers size and shape) and puts it in his or her own box-like container called the mind. This model obviously has something to do with human communication, but, on close inspection, very little, and it distorts the act of communication beyond recognition. Hence, McLuhan's wry book title 'The Medium is the Message' (not quite the 'Message').

Human communication, verbal and other, differs from the 'medium' model most basically in that it demands anticipated feedback in order to take place at all. In the medium model, the message is moved from the sender to-position to receiver-position. In real human communication, the sender has to be not only in the the sender-position but also in the receiver position, before he or she can can send anything. To speak I have to be already in communication with the mind I am to address before I start speaking.

I can be in touch perhaps through past relationships, by an exchange of glances, by an understanding with the third person who has brought me and my interlocutor together, or in any of countless other ways (words are modifications of a more-than-verbal situation.) I have to sense something in the other's mind to which my own utterance can relate. Human communication is never one way. Always, it not only calls for response but is shaped in its very form and content by anticipated response.(Ong)

The words that are being spoken about above emanate from Chirographic writing and later, typographic writing. Cryurchin writes that he is interested in the varieties of resistance to the digitization of the written word, from its perceived "unnaturalness" to the belief it might be doing us harm, making us stupid. We are embodied beings and approach tangible objects as more 'natural' than virtual ones due to the ways in which we touch the world; we interact with written objects differently when their content, the words, the script, changes body. We need to understand that in order for us to to understand how we are affected in our ability to read across different medium, and the effects of each medium is in the end of it all, a technologized word, which we need to understand how is its inner technique affecting us, our speech and perceptions.

Literacy and Orality In Our times

The word has already been technologized made easy and user-friendly for the ordinary user of earth denizen. In short, where primary orality promotes spontaneity because the analytic reflectiveness implemented by writing is unavailable, secondary orality promotes spontaneity because through analytic reflection we have decided that spontaneity is a good thing. We plan our happenings carefully to be sure that they are thoroughly spontaneous.(Ong)

It is in this way then that electronics has simplified efficiency from writing on paper and using the same approach and discipline of writing to efficiency of creating the analytical spontaneity that one applied on paper, but this time, the writer 'carefully makes sure that they are spontaneous. Putting words, thoughts and ideas on paper in composition of writing has just been made much easier by the computer or electronics and technique. The Word has been technologized, and our language and speech have changed, and all this has happened to create spontaneity and efficiency and a new language of communication that goes along with it.

Techne: Technologizing Of The Word Through Writing


Walter Ong writes: "The English profession has always been concerned with how to create and interpret a written text. ... Verbalization via texts and readers contrasts obviously with oral verbalization, the ancient and still basic form of verbalization. We have recently learned a great deal about the psychodynamics of orality, how oral verbalization, in pure preliterate form or in residual form within writing cultures, structures both thought processes and expression.

But, strangely enough, those interested in writing and reading processes, either from a practical or a theoretical point of view, including the many and often brilliant structuralist and phenomenological analysts of textuality, have done little to enlarge understanding of these processes by contrasting writing and reading processes in-depth oral and oral-aural processes. What I propose to do here: to review the orality in our long cultural past in order to bring an understanding of it to bear on the present literary and para-literry situation.

... For example, Reflecting on these, gives some idea of the ways in which the oral and writing traditions have been interacting through not only our distant past but also our rather recent past. Throughout, scholars appear to have been quite unaware of the oral-literacy contrasts and of the gradual inroads of literacy upon orality. No one seems to have noticed as the teaching of rhetoric, which in it Greek original, techne rhetorike, means public speaking, imperciptibly became more and more, over the centuries, the teaching of writing. Earlier generations took their own resifual orality for granted, so much so that they really had not even thought or orality explicitly at all as a state of culture or of consciousness.."

We take it for granted that but literacy has changed everything. We could remember things precisley. Literacy allowed extension of thought into complex design. It is essential to philosophy, literature, science, engineering and technology. Literacy is the platform of modern civilization, including the Internet. We forget forget what it was like before literacy, when oral communications was the dominant mode of communication.

This one can see in the citation made by Ong as to how that literacy took shape, formed itself into what we call literacy today. What he really makes us aware of is the fact that writing is the result of techne rhetorike, which is public speaking and was responsible for the teaching of writing. Committing the word to and making it a technology was the transference of orality into technical rhetoric and and finally into writing. so, in a sense, this enabled us, today, that information technology properties might be applied to the task of structuring data in unstructured environments, e.g., crawling the open web.

So that, if we look at it deeper, we learn from Ong that "oral memory is achieved through repetition and cliche`. In modern database parlance, words are normalized rather than denormalized, a technique still employed for efficient processing. Ong contrasts more properties of oral memory. They define the lifeworld of thought prior to structuring through literacy. "The very reflectiveness of writing - enforced by the slowness of the writing process as compared to oral delivery as well as by isolation of the writer as compared to the oral performer - encourages growth of consciousness out of the unconscious.."

Ong says that even a little literacy restructures consciousness. Writing can be credited or blamed for a rise in self-awareness. It is interesting to note that the web is recreating the interactivity of readers and writers, while preserving the advantages of written memory.

Oralityis not "pre-literate." Orality is a domain of knowing unto itself, capable of achieving complex design. All reading and writing is transformed in the brain back to the original speech utterances. Literacy is founded on orality. Ong calls orality "natural" and writing "technological". this distinction is the only point on which some other distinctions that are raied. for one, Heidegeerean who postulates that speech without writing is technological- tool-like. Speech is the processing of symbols, embodied sounds.

We are learning much about the way thought extends beyond our brains into the environment of lifeworld. We should also remember how McLuhan asserted that our present technologies and and heir emerging media and medium extend man further from himself, thoughts and ideas, and through the Web makes them viral akin to the extension of our nervous system and our conscious consciousness.

We are technological to the core, not only in a digital sense, but the sense that we are also tool-makers, and speech and writing falls into that category. Literacy is built on orality and post literacy will likely be built on literacy. No doubt, post-literacy is what we call , I would postulate, viral streaming, interfacing, inter/intra-connecting, posting, merging and submerging , whilst all along being orally literate and still utilizing writing as what can be called the post-literacy time- the time of the Web and cyberspace. This change in ways of communicating from Oral traditions to the technological society of the Internet and post-lierate period, we can see that the technologized word, as committed to and through writing, has indeed changed our speech patterns and all forms of human perceptions and ways and means of communicating.

Narrative Collapse

The technologizing of the word has had many ramifications as to the way we are communicating with one another today in a myriad ways. Just as much as we are able to connect and , merge and submerge with the ease of a pro, our ways of communicating with one another(person to person) have been eroded and replaced by the language and words of communication that come with the system's jargon of making it work. this, according to Douglass Ruskoff has contributed to the "Narrative Collapse. What was looked forward to as coming "Future Shock" has caught up with us in the 1990s that Rushkoff says we are still leaning forward in the era of the long predicted coming Future-shock, 'right up to the 2000 and the ultimate calendar flip into the next millennium.'

So Rushkoff writes:

"Together the stries helped us construct a narrative experience of our lives, our nation, our culture, and our faith. We adopted an entirely story-like way of experiencing and talking about the world. through the lens of a narrative, America isn't just a place we live but is a journey of a people through time. apple ins't a smart phone manufacturer, but two guys in a garage who had a dream about how creative people may someday gain command over technology. Democracy is not a a methodology for governing, but the force tha twill liberate humanity. Pollution is not an ongoing responsibility of industry, but the impending catastrophic climax of human civilization

Consciousness... Together We Create Our Conscious Reality

The truth is that we are all tapping into the collective consciousness rather frequently without actually being aware of it.  The process of becoming aware, however, makes quite a bit of difference and allows us to get the most out of this ability an

The truth is that we are all tapping into the collective consciousness rather frequently without actually being aware of it. The process of becoming aware, however, makes quite a bit of difference and allows us to get the most out of this ability an

Revisiting the Origin Of Consciousness And How Writing Structures That Co

The Web Is The Extension Of Our Consciousness

The new technological gadgets structure our consciousness since we not only read from them, but we write. The Hub above is about how writing strictures our consciousness, and I extend this theme to say and show how the new technological gizmos and their techniques(writing included) do structure our consciousness in ways . But, before we even look at those, I would like to cite some notes from Julian Jaynes about The Problems Of Consciousness wherein he writes:

"Men have been conscious of the problem of consciousness almost since consciousness began. And each age has described consciousness in terms of its own theme and concerns. In the gold age of Greece, when men traveled about in freedom while slaves did the work, consciousness was as free as that. Heraclitus, in particular, called it an enormous space whose boundaries, even by traveling along every path, could never be found out. A millennium later, Augustine among the cavern hills of Carthage was astonished at the "mountains and hills of my high imaginations," "the plains and caves and caverns of my memory" with its recesses of "manifold and spacious chambers, wonderfully furnished with unnumberable stores.". Note how the metaphors of the mind are the world it perceives.

"There is not much we can do about metaphors except to state that that is precisely what they are.

Now, originally,this search into the nature of consciousness was known as the mind-body problem, heavy with its ponderous philosophical solutions.But since the theory of evolution, it has bared itself into a more scientific question. It has become the problem of the origin of the mind, or, more specifically, the origin of consciousness in evolution. Where can this subjective experience which we introspect upon, as noted above in the introduction as "introcosm", this constant companion of hosts of associations, hopes, fears, affections, knowledges, colors, smells, toothaches, thrills, tickles, pleasures, distresses, and desires-where and how in the evolution could all this wonderful tapestry of inner experience have evolved? How can we derive this inwardness out of mere matter? And if so, when?" Then Jaynes further explores consciousness as follows:

"When asked the question, what is Consciousness? We become conscious of consciousness. And most of us take this consciousness of consciousness to be what consciousness is. This is not true.

"In being conscious of consciousness, we feel it is the most self-evident thing imaginable. We feel it is the defining attribute of all our waking states, our moods and affections, our memories, our thoughts, attentions, and volitions. We feel comfortably certain that consciousness is the basis of concepts, of learning and reasoning, of thought and judgement, and that it is so because it records and stores our experiences as they happen, allowing us to introspect on them and learn from them at will. we are also quite conscious that all this wonderful set of operations and contents that we call consciousness is located somewhere in the head.

"On critical examination, all these statements are false. They are the costume that consciousness has been masquerading in for centuries. They are the misconceptions that have prevented a solution to the problem of the origin of consciousness. But let us go further.

"Consciousness is a much smaller part of our mental life than we are conscious of, because we cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of. How simple that is to say; how difficult to appreciate! It is like asking a flashlight in a dark room to search around for something that does not have any light shining upon it. The flashlight, since there is light in what ever direction it turns, would have to conclude that there is light everywhere. And s, consciousness can seem to pervade all mentality when actuality it does not.

"The timing of consciousness is also an interesting question. When we are awake, are conscious all the time? We think so. In fact, we are sure so! I shut my eyes and even if I try not to think, consciousness still streams on, a great river of content in a succession of different conditions which I have been taught to call, thoughts, images, memories, interior dialogues, regrets,wishes, resolves, all interweaving with the constantly changing pageant of exterior sensations of which I am selectively aware. Always continuity. Certainly this is the 'feeling'. And whatever we're doing, we feel that our very self, our deepest of deep identity, is indeed this continuing flow that only ceases in sleep between remembered dreams. This is our experience. and many thinkers have taken this spirit of continuity to be the place to start from in philosophy, the very ground of certainty which no one can dout. Cogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am).

"In our flashlight analogy, the flashlight would be conscious of being on only when it is on. Though huge gaps of time occurred, providing things were generally the same, it would seem to the flashlight itself that the light had been continuously on. We are thus conscious less of the time than we think, because we cannot be conscious of when we are not conscious.

"And the feeling of a great uninterrupted stream of rich inner experiences, now slowly gliding through dreamy moods, now tumbling in excited torrents down gorges of precipitous insight, or surging evenly through our nobler days, is what it is on this page, a metaphor for how subjective consciousness seems to subjective consciousness."

As I have been reiterating throughout the Hub above, the technologizing of the word, which when used to write, structures our consciousness. Through reading the musings of Jaynes above, our consciousness makes us seem to be aware of consciousness as consciousness which which we are conscious of. Well, with the emergent technologies which are connected to the viral stream, they dovetail neatly with our our streaming consciousness that this contributes to the structuring of our consciousness as per the techniques of the new technologies, with their embedded techniques, and facilitating for streaming on the Web, as do our our consciousness remain and are in a constant flux and flow of streaming. In this way, our consciousness is extended by the very nature and flow of the viral stream. Our consciousness is conditioned and, controlled and molded by the techniques of the technology embedded in the viral soup of the web.


The Internet Is the Extension Of Our Minds And cosnciousness

 Reality and the Extended Mind, which looks into many areas of science that indicate the necessity for a new understanding of consciousness. Our culture is on the verge of an astonishing breakthrough; that awareness is the true currency of reality an

Reality and the Extended Mind, which looks into many areas of science that indicate the necessity for a new understanding of consciousness. Our culture is on the verge of an astonishing breakthrough; that awareness is the true currency of reality an

Understanding Consciously Our Existential and Present Reality

I would like to conclude by adding this interesting article by Rene J, Molenkamp titled:

The Field: How to Access the Wisdom of The Collective Consciousness

At times, we have experiences of profound individual or collective connections with other people without even having spoken to them. We somehow know that there is more than verbal interaction, that there is the ‘More’. This introductory article explores the Field of connections by giving some examples of this Field and language to describe it.

Sometimes we find ourselves in-the-zone.. We find that we excel at things we do well when we are in-the-zone. There is a flow and effortlessness to our actions. It is almost as if we lose ourselves as a person and we become what we do: the teacher becomes one with the subject and with the classroom, the manager knows exactly what to say to whom in what moment, the mechanic knows what the problem is when he takes a quick look at the car, the runner experiences her runner’s high or the dancer becomes the dance.

Occasionally we find ourselves in-the-zone collectively: a sports team, a team meeting or a group of friends shooting the breeze. It is when we are in a moment that we “don’t want to end” because of the thrill of what is happening, knowing we are in a connection that would be difficult to find on our own. It is often related to a particular group of people or a particular task.

These in-the-zone experiences are familiar to most people. We don’t quite know what an in-the-zone experience really is or what makes it happen, but that does not make it any less real. It is a powerful experience, an experience of being one with another thing or person or group of people. At the moment we are in it, we are often unaware. Indeed if we take a moment to glimpse it while it is happening, it is often “gone.” The realization comes afterwards. The feeling is undeniable.

The More

A related experience – perhaps somewhat less familiar to people – is the experience of being part of the More. It is like the in-the-zone experience in that we don’t quite know how it works, how we get there, what it is. Being part of the More is not only being one with something or some one else, but it goes a step further. It is knowing and experiencing that this feeling of being one is part of a larger Oneness.

Being part of the More is when on the one hand we have our own experience of whatever it is that we experience – being in-the-zone or not – and at the same time we realize that the experience is part of something else, something More, something beyond ourselves. Another way of putting it: we have the experience and at the same time we are aware that whatever we experience is something bigger than ourselves. These individual experiences of the More, together form the energy field of connections.

Although many of us have experiences like this, it is hard to make sense of them. They are often fleeting. We don’t hold on to them or talk about them. We don’t quite know what to do with them or how and where to place them in our world. It is a bit like making a jigsaw puzzle, and after completing the puzzle yet finding pieces left over that clearly are an extension of this puzzle and at the same time the extension is seemingly just an incomplete fragment. We often put the left over puzzle pieces aside without paying much attention to them, because literally they do not fit in our picture. And yet these additional pieces form the beginning of a new puzzle, which we cannot complete alone because other people hold other pieces of that puzzle as extensions to their own puzzle. All these extensions together form a new puzzle. These extension puzzle pieces together with our completed pictures will give a picture of the More. Experiencing the More is somehow knowing that my extension puzzle pieces make sense with other people’s extension pieces.

"Obviously, it is a bit of a challenge to describe the Field because our familiar vocabulary is not quite adequate to describe our experiences. We often label these moments with words like coincidence, intuition, premonition, synchronicity, telepathy, serendipity, psychic, mystery, or magic. With these labels we often make these experiences both individual and exceptional; individual in the sense that they we believe they stand on their own and exceptional in the sense that they fall outside the normal range of our experience. When we are in the Field, these experiences are actually the norm if we take time to notice and stay in this zone. Like our puzzle with those extra pieces, we can then begin to see how these moments are connected to each other and a bigger unfolding picture emerges.

As we become more familiar with the Field, we begin to notice how these individual experiences of the More are actually connected to each other. It is as if there is some unknown radio frequency, which normally is surrounded by loud static, but when the conditions are exactly right the reception actually becomes loud and clear. A new world of discovery opens for us.

Noticing The More

There are a couple of very concrete examples that come to mind, which offer illustrations of how this More becomes an energy field of connections–those extra puzzle pieces that somehow find each other. A number of years ago, I directed a number of 10-day group relations conferences. Generally speaking, in these experiential conferences, participants study their own group dynamics with the help of specially trained consultants. In a series of group meetings the consultants and the group members try to pay attention to how our unconscious behavior influences group dynamics, particularly related to leadership and authority issues.

In this particular conference, I decided that the small groups (the home group throughout the conference) would be formed in such a way that participants of the conference self-selected their groups in silence. The instruction was given to wander around the room and to connect with people somehow, and to form