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Why Babel?

Many people will ask: "Why SF Babel"?
We are using the style of the event based on a few similar events in other cities like Toronto, and Madrid. But there are basically two reasons why we use "Babel".

1. Tower of Babel

From Wikipedia

The Tower of Babel forms the focus of a story told in the Book of Genesis of the Bible.

According to the story, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to a new land, where they resolved to build a city with a tower "whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."

God came down to see what they did and said: "They are one people and have one language, and nothing will be withheld from them which they purpose to do." "Come, let us go down and confound their speech." And so God scattered them upon the face of the Earth, and confused their languages, so that they would not be able to return to each other, and they left off building the city, which was called Babel "because God there confounded the language of all the Earth".

Obviously this isn't a religious group but the concept comes alive in our international group context. When we can effectively communicate with one another, we can aspire to do anything!

2. BabelFish!

This is a bit of a joke from an interesting book called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Also from Wikipedia:

"The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and then excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the conscious frequencies and nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain, the practical upshot of which is that if you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language: the speech you hear decodes the brain wave matrix."

It is a universal translator that neatly crosses the language divide between any species.

Maybe one day we'll all be able to communicate with everyone? We all have lofty language goals and we can accomplish them if we are consistent, practice, and persevere! It's not that hard to learn a new language, but it isn't that easy.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Why Babel? May 22, 2013 11:15 PM Marcus J.
Waiver for SF Babel events May 19, 2013 6:00 PM Marcus J.
About SF Babel: International Language Exchange Meetup June 24, 2015 12:19 PM Roderick (.

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