Speech, when posed in this fashion, becomes information.” (Heidegger “The Way to Language). Their intention was shown by their bodily movements, as it were the natural language of all peoples: the expression of the face, the play of the eyes, the movement of other parts of the body, and the tone of voice which expresses our state of mind in seeking, having, rejecting, or avoiding something. I find it absolutely incredible that you take the time to answer students and write your posts. The term “computer” should not be taken as merely talking about calculators and computers. -Srikanth Reddy @ Sreenidhi International School (Hyderabad, India), "I was looking about to get some support material for my son’s TOK and EE today and your pages have been great. 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The conception of language as a mere means of exchange of information undergoes an extreme transformation in our modern technological age that is expressed in the definition of language as “information”. Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, how do we know whether it is right to do S? "-"Procrastinator", "I am an IB student from India and I am very very thankful to you for these sites. To recapitulate: in the traditional view, language turns out to be “the eternally self-repeating labor of spirit to make articulated sound capable of being an expression of thought.” Language is what humans do to make sound able to express thought: it is the infusion of articulated sound with the spirit of meaning or intention. You know the meaning of a word when you ―know how‖ to use it correctly. One “symptom” of the growing power of the technological form of thinking is in our increased use of designations consisting of abbreviations of words or combinations of their initials. Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a required core subject in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.It receives a letter grade like the Extended Essay, and combines with the latter to contribute numerically (maximum 3 marks) to the awarding of the full IB Diploma. "-Anonymous, "Everyone at my school in Mexico uses your Structure for TOK essays. Language is, then, the communication of meanings from one person to another in the package of a sign: to communicate with you, I “frame” my intended meaning within the appropriate sign, and then give you the sign in speech or writing, whereupon you “decode” (interpret) it again, supplying the meaning for the sign I have given from within the same frame. The connection between a particular sign and the mental image that it evokes is the connection (or lack thereof) between something public and communicable, and something essentially private and incommunicable. There is a kind of language that, as the expression of this form of thinking, is itself one-tracked and one-sided. Our text messaging and our love of acronyms is a technological form of language in the sense that these herald the ordering in which everything is reduced to the univocity of concepts and precise specifications. "-Cynthia @ Universitas Kristen Petra (Surabaya, Indonesia), "I'm an IB student who has been lost until I found this website! With the construction of artificial intelligence, calculating, thinking and translating machines, speed reading applications, the computer is made possible insofar as its activities take place in the element of language. It is imperative that we ask what is language and in what special way it remains exposed to the dictates of technology. Where to? To reflect on the issue of “uselessness” and “usefulness” is to connect these seemingly  irrelevant themes to the status of education in our modern technological age and what we think education is today. But the lucid and creative moments are few both in individuals and in societies; the rest is inauthentic and derivative. How can we rethink language and meaning, outside the traditional picture, in a way that reveals its essence as a showing (aletheia), rather than portraying it as a conventional correlation of signs to meanings, a mere instrument for the expression and communication of thoughts and dispositions? Greetings from PERU! Gracias! Unsure as to what I would do without these posts these posts as a guide. The concept, or mental image, is a representation in the speaker’s mind or brain. "In my scientific work, I have hunches. We list what pertains to language in order to understand what is essential to language, what is at the root of everything that happens in, and through, language.