Can Process Philosophy
a Whiteheadian appreciation of whistled language
Whistled languages are found all over the world. They are rare compared with spoken languages, but beautiful in their simplicity and novelty. The ancient Chinese even developed a form of whistling called transcendental whistling. A skillful whistler could summon animals, communicate with supernatural beings, and control weather phenomena.
This raises interesting question for those of us in the process world. Can process philosophy be whistled? Might ecologically oriented philosophers likewise summon animals spirits? Here's hoping. We need those spirits in order to survive.
One thing for sure. Whistled languages are a cultural heritage well worth preserving for two reasons. They are quite beautiful in their own right, as are the people who whistle them and the cultures that co-create them. This page features whistlers from Turkey and the Canary Islands. Additionally, the whistled languages remind us that language itself is more, so much more, than the written and spoken word. Ask the birds. Ask the bees. Ask the ants. Ask the bears. All communicators par excellence. Ask the whistlers.