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A phonetic future for animals

A phonetic future for animals

Communication is the process by which people exchange information. There are many ways to communicate including speaking, writing and using sign and body language. The sharing of information among individuals and small groups is referred to as interpersonal communication. Mass communication on the contrary involves the sending of information to large audiences using radios, Books, Television broadcast etc. means by which people communicate varies through out the world. In developed countries communication systems are often highly advanced, involving the use of satellites and computers. People in developing countries often use simpler, non-electronic methods of communication such as relaying of information by messenger. This is a definition of communication given by the National Geographic Society World Dictionary.

It is however hardly the case now for developing countries. Instancing the West African sub region, over the past 10 years we have seen a boom in the overall use of a new modern communication devices – the mobile phone.  In Sierra Leone alone, 1 in 3 people have or can access a mobile phone and 1 in 5 people have or can access more than a mobile phone. It is astounding when we consider the recently growth in the use of the mobile phone in developing countries. The research also shows a corresponding 25% increase in employment as a result of the introduction of the device.

Looking at the scientific implications of this development further supports my theory of communication and the brain. The brain generally is an organ, whether be it mammals, amphibians, reptiles or insects, we all have brains. Previous research conducted by scientists had argued that humans are unique given that the formation of human brain, unlike other life forms allows him to reason, analyze and think. I believe this is not the case anymore. Like the reproductive organ that develops through time and age, so is the brain. The brain does not only develop through time but with experience as well. The size of the human brain is only part of the reason as to why they are most advanced than the rest of the other living organisms; the other factor is the shape and structure of the human body, especially the human hand. The hands allows for most objects to be handled and manipulated.

Until recently, it was widely believed that no other living organism can reason or think like the way humans do, despite countless evidence that proves otherwise. Scientists have recently realized that Baboons too can now read, and can also identify words they have been thought to remember in books they have never before seen. If you tell a dog to sit, it will through instructing it. The fact that animals can perform tasks as instructed is a clear indictor that they too can reason, think and learn just like humans; because for an animal to perform a task, it must first think about the implications of what it doing and whether or not it will benefit from it. A dog knows if it does what it is told, it will gain from doing so and for that to happen it must first reason and think about what it has to do. With the discovery of baboons that can now read, we can certainly expect in the not too distant future to see animals using devices that would enable humans to communicate with them i.e. a time will be when you can send a text message to your dog telling it that you are expecting a guest and that it should give the guest a welcome.

Science and technology with Suliman Bah

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