Yves Barbero

Science, Society & Religion

The Rule of Threes

Anyone can indulge in this sport. I've been doing it for years. You can, as many scholars (notably, Jürgen Habermas of the Frankfurt School of Sociology) have, divide language into three categories...

Private: The language you speak to yourself. Only you can truly understand it.

Colloquial: The language of communications. Understanding is general within a cultural group, but colloquial language is not precise.

Formal: Precise. A strict scientific language, such as mathematics, fits this definition. Other disciplines claim to have access to formal l