... The significance of such history will highlight, I hope, what's mind-expanding about Harbin in a variety of ways, and complement Boellstorff's emphasis on Techne in understanding virtual worlds.
Symbolization and language use both give form to kinds of virtuality, as well as are a shared process among human primates, in particular. In Terrence Deacon's book, “The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of the Brain and Language,” many species have sophisticated communicative processes. Human language emerges building on these communicative process, due to information process among proto-human primate groups. Deacon suggests that ideas transformed the brain – that is, the biological organ in the craniums of homo - to make it bigger for communication. Returning to the example of headsets which read your brain waves (Tan Le 2010 - url) and the psylocybin mushroom example vis-a-vis a virtual Harbin, above, where this device connects with your cerebellum, I'm curious about ways in which such new communicative processes might give rise to new communicative approaches; (effects on brain evolution would occur in populations over thousands of generations, and will be thus impossible to effect). In Deacon's view, vis-a-vis this Harbin ethnography, symbols and words are virtual, which have far-reaching evolutionary consequences on biology, making possible language use.
Modern linguistics, while not developing an evolutionary biological-related focus in detail yet, makes language its object of examination, highlighting, for example, the significance of the sign and signifier (de Saussure) as well as its structure, its morphology, syntax, phonetics, and semantics. ...
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/10/atlantic-sturgeon-symbolization-and.html - October 6, 2010)