A Universal Language

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

(Genesis 11:5-6) NKJV

People think that math is real. That’s because its use in engineering and medicine produces a beneficial result. There’s another side to math which is theoretical. Theoretical means imaginary.

Empirical, verifiable by direct observation, means sight. You don’t have faith in something that you can see, you have faith in something that you can’t see. We can’t see theories, by definition they don’t exist, that’s why they’re theories. Theory is the scientific word for faith.

Effective communication unites people. Poor communication separates them. The urgent need to have humans disperse before the breakup of Pangaea was greater than the value gained by having free communication. Here’s the entry for babel from Matty’s Glossary, a sarcastic jab at mathematics which just happens to be a universal language.

A historical city built in defiance of the will of God which caused God to confound human language. It illustrates the danger of having a universal language.
See also Math.

– Babel, definition

Math is imaginary, it only exists in your mind when you have faith that numerals represent concepts.

– Math, definition

Here’s something you have to understand about math: it’s like mixing paint. Imagine that we have an empirical observation – white paint. We also have an inductive rationalization of the observation (a theory) which is tailored it to fit our narrative – black paint. We can use math to mix the paint to get exactly the right shade of grey and then say that the math proves our theory. It’s math so everyone believes us. The empirical observation is still white, the theory is still black, but everyone is so delighted by the grey color of the math that they don’t care.


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