Hi RVB and welcome,
I notice you say on another posting that you speak six languages - great suff, always nice to meet another polyglot.
Do you know any non-European ones? By all means, give us the full list.
We have several speakers of a few different languages here, and our linguistic discussion will hopefully be soon reaching new highs. (I'll jump in as soon as I finish the fifty other immediate things I have to do first, hehe.)
Very nice poem! And a great way to tie it into an entirely fascinating topic. I actualy hadn't heard of Werber, though I seem to recall reading about something like the Ideosphere from RA Wilson. I'm gonna have to read up more on this Werber fella
, sounds like a fun guy, we should get him to join us here and tell it from the horse's mouth.
But would you believe, in fact this fits directly
into my little "DoK theory" ("Dissemination of Knowledge"), that I've been trying to formulate with Daniel for the past couple of months!
This is exactly what I believe too, that Ideas are like live things, "ghosts" if you like, which once formed exist forever, to continue influence whoever they come in contact with, anywhere, any time. It's basically the same as the Collective Subconscious, the Akashic Records, or what have you, just maybe a sharpening of some of the aspects.
I have a long message about my DoK all planned out here, and will post it soon, so we can continue this fascinating topic there (or meanwhile here if you like.) Check it out - it relates to something Daniel posted yesterday
pertaining to that strange Russian novel we have a whole forum about. Don't worry, you don't have to know the book to see what he's saying.
One of the chief notions from that book is that "manuscripts don't burn"
- a statement which each author should surely hold dear to his heart, hehe. It implies that once something is written it becomes There Forever, no matter how much you try to destroy it. This is an excellent illustration of the Ideosphere theory. It's basically what has kept Knowledge alive through the many millennia of different repressive regimes, and reassures us that our ideas indeed DO NOT die, even when we ourselves do.