The DVD The Language of Spirituality documents the discovery by physicists and linguists that the verb-intensive Native American languages better convey concepts of quantum physics and consciousness than noun-heavy Western languages. The DVD can be purchased or streamed.
Since language influences how we see the world and understand reality, Native American languages provide a more accurate view of the universe. In his book Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea, Carter Phipps shows that the West is now beginning to understand the key role of language for individuals and cultures -- and the importance of the concept of process, movement, being, life.
Phipps says: "In discipline after discipline, statis is losing the battle to movement, process, change, and contingency....These are insights that go to the core of what it means to be human.....We are moving too. In fact, some might say that we are movement itself. In so many ways, this fundamental insight is emerging everywhere."
Phipps cites Henri Bergson: "Life in general is mobility itself....we treat each of them as a thing rather than a process, forgetting that the very permanence of their form is only the outline of a movement".
Phipps states that Alfred North Whitehead "...called our failure to recognize this movement, our tendency to turn flow into fixity 'the fallacy of misplaced concreteness'".
Phipps adds that German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, "argues that both psychological development and cultural development are ultimately based on linguistic structures and it has since be conviningly demonstrated by Piaget, Kohlberg, Kegan, and others that if a development logic exists in the maturation of the individual ego, then there is every reason to suspect that social evolution woud exhibit and similar trajectory."
However, as the DVD The Language of Spirituality shows, the noun-heavy Western languages make it difficult to convey this essential understanding of fluidity and motion that is inherent in verb-intensive Native American languages. This indicates the importance of ensuring the survival of these languages and cultures. With their sophisticated understanding of reality, they have much to teach the West.