Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cave symbols hint at 30,000-year-old origins of written communication

As the researcher says, "language maybe too strong a word," but two things here strike me as important:
  • concepts that cannot be drawn
  • social agreement on meaning
Still chewing on this one for now.

Here is the researcher's article in the New Scientist.

And here is another news story on the research.


  1. What do the sophists think about the possibility of concepts that can't be expressed in "even our" language? Ineffability, you know?

  2. I think we are cool with them. Not everything can be represented.