By means of the transformation rendered by by selection inclusion between dominance and submission mentalities, a new kind of organism emerged comprised of twenty or thirty individuals made up of four to seven families. These newly organismic group entities were connected to one another by the full range of kinship and in-law relationships by virtue of intermarriage between them. The transformation that stood at the very center of their acquisition of the status of organism was the innovation of a novel method of communication called language.

Authority emmenating from the task

The disembodied role of authority can best be illustrated by picturing three men moving a piece of furniture through a door while recalling the five lessons that Thomas Seeley learned from honey bees. Uniquely in humans, the task itself can automatically assume the dominant role for all three workers. This little group constantly talk to each other. As one of the crew is in a position to know where the piece should be moved next, that person temporarily assumes the dominant role of directing the task until someone else is in a position to assume that role.

In the process of moving the furniture through the door, these three individuals share the use of a single dominance mentality, passing it around amongst them. It is as if the dominance of the task itself temporarily “speaks through” each individual at separate times. It is clear from the tone of each man’s voice expressing this kind of dominance that its source does not originate from that particular individual with any demand that the other two men submit to him personally. Rather, these men are more like instruments all moved by a dominance entity springing from the task itself.

A band of musicians continuously follow each other like in language

The essence of language is the simultaneous motivation on the part of every member of a group to both express and comprehend the intentions of group authority. This new kind of mainly gestural language was like a performing band of musicians constantly listening to each other’s music in order for each to make small adjustments to the other band members in the attempt to follow the melody originally created by the composer of the music. Each band member has a general idea of what should come next, but it is the second-by-second reaffirmation that the harmony is indeed correct that is actually directing the production of the music. The most striking element of this kind of communication is that, first and foremost, everyone in the group is constantly signaling everyone else in an attempt to follow the authority of the group, analogous to the composer of the music. The intensity of the bonding of these early hominid bands is expressed in their incessant, simultaneous communication, mostly by means of gesture, but by means of vocal sounds as well. The leaders of these groups are those who can most competently express their own submission to the group’s authority.

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2 Comments on “The Innovation of Language at the Dawn of Creation 6M yrs Ago”

  1. Thanks for the comment, Richard. Most think of language as needing complex grammar and symbols, but I feel that the most basic and unique feature of language, eventually enabling all its modern complexity, is that it has a tripartite, pyramidal structure: at the base of it between the members of a group (the base of the pyramid) who are all trying to ascertain the intentions of their group’s welfare (the pinnacle of the pyramid).

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