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There is a programming language called Structured Query Language. I happened to learn it back in the early 1990s because of work.
(It just occurred to me that the only non-menial paid work I found after being made redundant, as the Brits call it, was a short contract job as an SQL programmer! I wasn’t really a programmer, to be honest, but it was the only skill I had acquired in 30-plus years at IBM that anyone outside that company could recognize.)
Anyway, it is not because I needed it for programming that made it so valuable to me.
It’s the fact that it allows humans to organize and communicate their thoughts.
Think and communicate about what? Anything they can imagine. About any world, or any part of that world–the real world as it is, a real world as it is hypothesized, and the unreal world of pure logic and math.
Communicate what about that world? Communicate anything about it.
Communicate concisely, completely, with perfect precision, and with perfect mutual understanding.
In one sentence. Any question, now matter how complex, no matter how many convoluted conditions and exceptions and interconnections, can be expressed in one sentence.
How hard is the language to learn? To ask most common questions, it has one command (“select (this) from (that) where (the other).
I think everyone should become proficient at it before graduating from high school.
In addition to having great intellectual value, it would be of great practical value every day to ordinary people, because they are mostly all using the computer all the time to get information. Even to use Ricochet.
Why is it not being used by everybody every day?
That is a whole ‘nother question.Published in