UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

There has been a great deal of discussion
lately concerning UFO.  Are they real?
Where do they come from?  How long have
there been sightings from reliable sources. 
Please take a look at the following article from the magazine “MILITARY
CULTURE”.   

Encounters with unidentified aircraft
by pilots have once again prompted Department of Defense officials to take
action.  More specifically, the Navy
confirmed that the service is drafting guidelines to establish a formal process
for pilots and military personnel to report UFO sightings, Politico first reported.  The move comes following a surge in what the
Navy called a series of intrusions by advanced aircraft on Navy carrier strike
groups.  “There have been a number of
reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various
military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” a Navy
spokesperson told Politico.  “For
safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these
reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.  To improve upon past investigations, the Navy
wants to establish a formal process so that “such suspected incursions can be
made to cognizant authorities.”

The Navy confirmed a fleet-wide
message on the UFO-reporting initiative is in the works.  While this development comes sans any
admission of the existence of alien life, it signals a return to DoD
acknowledgement that the series of recently documented encounters are at least
authentic enough to warrant further investigation.

What if, and it’s a
big what if, we make contact?  What if we
have an opportunity to talk to these ETs? 
How would we do that.  Is there a
UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE we might use to strike up a conversation?  Let’s look.

Merriam-Webster
defines language as “A systematic means
of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of
conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures or marks having understood
meanings.”
  The operative words in
this definition are ‘means of communicating’ and
‘understood meanings’.  There are 116 different “official” languages
spoken on our planet today but 6900 languages AND dialects. The difference
between a language and a dialect can be somewhat arbitrary so care must be
taken when doing a “count”.  English,
French, German, Greek, Japanese, Spanish etc, all have specific and peculiar
dialects; not to mention slang words and expressions so the discernment between
a language and a dialect may be somewhat confusing to say the least.. 

The book of
Genesis (Genesis 11: vs. 1-9) recounts a period of time, during the reign of
King Nebuchadnezzar, when an attempt was made, by mankind, to become equal with
God and that one language was spoken by all the people.  We are told that the attempt was not met with
too much favor and God was pretty turned off by the whole thing.  Go figure!    With this being the case, He, decided to
confound their language so that no one understood the other.  This, as you might expect, lead to
significant confusion and a great deal of “babbling” resulted.  (Imagine a session of our United States
Congress.)  Another significant result
was the dispersion of mankind over the earth—another direct result from their
unwise attempt.  This dispersion of the
populace “placed” a specific language in a specific location and that
“stuck”. 

Regardless
of the language spoken, the very basic components of any language are similar;
i.e. nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, etc.  You get the picture. The use and structure of
these language elements within a sentence do vary.  This fact is the essence of a particular
language itself. 

Would
mankind not benefit from a common language? 
Would commerce not be greatly simplified if we could all understand each
other? Think of all the money saved if everything written and everything
spoken—every road sign and every label on a can of soup—could be read by 6.8
billion people.  Why oh why have we not
worked towards that over the centuries as a collective species.  Surely someone has had that thought
before.  OK, national pride, but let’s
swallow our collective egos and admit that we would be well-served by the
movement, ever so gradual, towards one universal language.  Let me backup one minute.  We do have one example of a world-wide common
language—

MATHEMATICS

Like all
other languages, it has its own grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and word order,
synonyms, negations, conventions, abbreviations, sentence and paragraph
structure.  Those elements do exist AND
they are universal.  No matter what language
I speak, the formula for the area of a circle is A=?/4 (D)²

  • ?
    = 3.14159 26535 89793
  • log(10)e
    = 0.43429 44819 03252
  • (x+y)(x-y)
    = x²-y²
  • R(1),R(2)
    = -[b ± ( b²-4ac)]^0.5/2a
  • The
    prime numbers are 2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31,37—You get the picture.
  • sin?csc?
    = 1

 Mathematics has developed over the past 2500 years
and is really one of the very oldest of the “sciences”. One remarkably
significant development was the use of zero (0)—which has only been “in
fashion” over the past millennium. 
Centuries ago, men such as Euclid and Archimedes made the following discoveries
and the following pronouncements:

If a straight line be cut at random, the square on the whole
is equal to the squares on the segments and twice the rectangle contained by
the segments. (Euclid, Elements,
II.4, 300 B.C.) This lead to the formula:  (a + b)2 = a2 + b2
+ 2ab

The
area of any circle is equal to a right-angled triangle in which one of the
sides about the right angle is equal to the radius, and the other to the
circumference, of the circle. (Archimedes, Measurement of a Circle, (225 B.C.)  Again, this gives us the following formula:

A
= 2pr·r/2 = pr 2

These discoveries and these accompanying formulas work for ANY
language we might speak. Mathematics then becomes the UNIVERSAL
LANGUAGE.

With that being the case, why do we not introduce the “Language of Mathematics” to our middle-school and high school pupils?  Is any school district doing that?  I know several countries in Western Europe started this practice some years ago with marvelous results.  This “language” is taught prior to the introduction of Algebra and certainly prior to Differential Equations.  It has been proven extremely effective and beneficial for those students who are intimidated by the subject.  The “dread” melts away as the syntax and structure becomes evident.  Coupled with this introduction is a semester on the great men and women of mathematics—their lives, their families, were they lived, what they ate, what they smoked, how they survived on a math teacher’s salary.  These people had lives and by some accounts were absolutely fascinating individuals in their own right.  Sir Isaac Newton invented calculus, was a real grouch, a real pain in the drain AND, had been jilted in his earlier years.  Never married, never (again) even had a girlfriend, etc etc.  You get the picture. 

What do we really know about the greatest mathematicians?  Do we ever study them when we use their wonderful work?  I think not.  Think about it.  PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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