Imagined order

70,000 years ago, human beings created language, launching us into what has been called the cognitive revolution.

The invention of language is perhaps the most important event in our human existence. “Intelligence”, as we like to call it, is what separates us from the “animals”.

The letters on this screen mean nothing except when we assign meaning to them. Until we agree on 2+2=4, we can’t develop the mathematics to build a bridge.

Imagined order is nothing without cooperation. Because when human beings can agree, we can accomplish great things. These imagined rules, boundaries and worlds, however, only survive in our minds. We cannot touch it, but we can point to it.