Friday, November 23, 2012
Language and Words
There are some who will tell me that there are parts of the brain more devoted to words. For example, damage to that part of the brain that has the title Broca's Area, results in a problem for the mind because it knows what it wants to say, but is unable to say it. Then there is Wernicke's Area, which when damaged results in confusion of comprehending what it is others might be saying. Interesting, that damage to either of these two areas also results in similar confusions, or aphasias, for those who communicate through sign languages. Which is all very fascinating and well mapped, in the same way that for example it's known how a radio station broadcasts voices. However, language itself, as opposed to words, is better understood within the various views of what it is that consciousness might be. And here, fortunately, there can be found what might be defined as "a wonderfulness" or "hope" for those of us who sometimes find "well-adjusted-ness" tiresome to the point of deciding that our own Broca's Area and Wernicke's Area succumbed to a pox maybe fifty nine years ago.