Saturday, November 23, 2013 1:01:40 PM
The Universal Translation Hypothesis
i’ve been toying with several ideas for many years, & just this afternoon, i realized that they are all Categories, or Classes of a Particular Definition of Problem Translations.
‘Language’ as used in this Description is very Broadly Defined as Any ‘Method’ of Actualizing an Idea, or More Generally; Accomplishing Something.
Typically; Language is used to Convey Ideas
But in This Usage; A Language may also describe A Method of Drawing Specific Figures on a Geometrical Surface with A Straight Edge & Compass ( With Pencil & Paper )
There also exist The ‘Language’ of Assembling Structures with Lego Blocks, Tinker Toys or An Erector Set.
There is Also The ‘Language’ of The Brain, & The ‘Language’ of how The ElectroChemical Activities Produce Brain Residue; Behaviour & The Mind.
With that in Mind;
The Universal Translation Hypothesis simply states that any Concept or ‘Phrase’ of an L:1 Language may be Translated into any Other L:1 Language.
An L:1 Language is any ‘Language’ that is Elementally Complete.
An L:>1 Language is Any ‘Language’ with Superfluous Phrases or A Redundant ( Poetic Supplements ) Vocabulary.
What does L:1 mean ( ? )
i’m not really sure;
But The Hypothesis is Assumed to be True ( ! ) & thus is if is Determined that any Concept or ‘Phrase’ of one Language Can Not be Translated into Another Language; Then Either or Both ( Usually The Second ) Languages are Not L:1 Complete.
An Example of this is The Problem of TriSecting a Angle.
It is widely Asserted that it is Impossible to do this with The Language of A StraightEdge & Compass ( with Pencil & Paper )—
But it Is Possible using A StraightEdge that Can be ‘Marked’.
Thus; Assuming that The Universal Translation Hypothesis is True; Then The Language of The StraightEdge & Compass ( with Pencil & Paper ) is Incomplete !
This doesn’t really strike me as terribly heretical. i’m sure that there are many ‘Methods’ or ‘Phrases’ ( The Vocabulary of The Language ) which may be Implemented with a StraightEdge & Compass which have Not yet been Discovered, And that once they are; It will be Quite Easy to TriSect an Angle.
The Other Possible Interpretation of this Particular Problem is that The Language of The StraightEdge & Compass is So Artificially Defined that it is, by this Definition, Hopelessly Incomplete.
Constructions made with The StraightEdge & Compass are not Using a True Language & are thus; ‘Childishly’ Feeble.
Another Case is when there is an Attempt to Translate A French Poem into English; & Ignoring The Problems of Meter & Rhyme, The Conceptual Vocabulary of French is Superiour to English, Making The Translation Impossible. This would Demonstrate that English is an L:<1 span=""> Language Relative to French.1>
It may well be that French is also an L:<1 span=""> Language, As Various Phrases in Chinese or Inuit may be Untranslatable into French !1>
Is there A Spoken Language that is L:1 Complete ?
Is there an Independent Test that one could apply to any Given Language to Determine if it Is L:1 Complete ( ? )
One of my Older Ideas ( Ponderances ) is;
Might it be Possible to Construct a Very, Very Large Array of Legos bound with other Construction Toys, Such as Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Erector Girders, & Other such Toys—
To Reproduce a Brain; Essentially Translating all The ElectroChemical Actions into Mechanical Ones, So that this Mechanical Brain not only duplicates all of The Behavioural ‘Outputs’ that could Operate a Mechanical Robot, But Also Express A Conviction that it is Genuinely Conscious.
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Presumably; The Mechanical Lego ( with Supplements ) Brain would Operate Very Slowly; Causing The Human Inquirers to be Very Patient when ‘Speaking’ to it; Which may require a Translation Interpretation of how The Mechanical Brain understands ’Sound’ in a Way that would not Involve Electrical or Chemical Processes as they are handled in The Organic Brain.
Such Translations would also be required for Interpreting Visual Stimulus & The Other Senses.
The Way that i’ve Envisioned this is that The Mechanical Version would Incorporate a System of Transferring BBs from little cups to One Anothers ‘Neurons’ that would take The Place of Electrical Ions at The Tips of The Organic Neurons ( ? )
Many Other such Solutions would be Required.
Another Application for The Universal Translation Hypothesis is founded on my Annoyance with The ShortComing of Decimal Mathematics ( Or Any Base Used ); In that Interesting Transcendental or So Called ‘Irrational’ Numbers are always Defined as Rough Approximations. What if there were another Way to ‘Do’ Mathematics so that Everyone ‘Thought Of’ π & Other such Numbers as Precisely Defined, & Further; When you Worked with them; This Precision would Run Through your Calculations.
This Application that i’m thinking of, Is to Take all known Mathematics & Translate them into a Geometrical Language, So that Instead of Using ‘Numbers’ & ‘Algebraic Symbols’, You’d do all your Calculations with Lines, Curves, Circles, Noting Intersections, Plotting Graphs & Such. This New Method would Never Consider ‘Infinitesimals’, But always Carefully Calculate The Area under Curves & inside Polygons & Other Shapes with a Deeper Understanding of Curved Geometry, So that even in this Case; An Area wouldn’t be Given a Numerical Value, but Given A Equivalence with Some Other Well Defined Circle, Square or Other Form.
As Such; Values like π wouldn’t be an imprecise Decimal Value, It would be a Location on a Number Line that is Precisely Defined as an Element in some Geometrical Construction.
Still Another Extension of The Universal Translation Hypothesis is whether or Not it’s possible to Translate Ordinary Electronic Functions to An Equivalent Informational Content produced by Constructions made with Origami ( ? )
This actually sounds much more Plausible than some of The Other Translations ( ? )
For The Universal Translation Hypothesis to Be Considered Valid;
Is there any Substantive Validity to The Idea of ‘Complete’ Languages. There are Certainly Incomplete Languages, But when does a Language become Complete ?
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