If you were to walk into a forest and stand quietly beside a flowing brook, you would soon become aware of various types of sound.
You would become aware of the sound produced as the water flows down the brook and as the wind blows though the trees and grasses. This sound has been named: it is called noise.
Noise is the name assigned to naturally occurring sound. It results from nature interacting with nature at the inanimate level.
As you continued to stand there, you would become aware of another type of sound, the sound that the forest animals make. Forest animals purposefully make sound. This purposefully created sound is not called noise, it is called communication.
Forest animals communicate what they are conscious of by making specific kinds of sounds to denote that it exists. The purpose of animal communication, then, is to vocally symbolize the conscious existence of a physical something or relationship. For example, forest animals communicate anger, fear, acceptance, and a desire to mate.
The sounds forest animals make can seem quite noisy to humans, because their sounds seem to lack a well-defined or understandable purpose. When the sounds of forest-animal communication lack a known or defined purpose, they revert back to being called noise.
Then, as you returned to society, you would become aware of the sounds that humans create.
Like all high-functioning animals, humans purposefully create sound. But purposefully created human sound is not called communication. It is called language.
Unlike forest-animal communication, the purpose of which is to vocally symbolize the conscious existence of a sensually known something or relationship, the purpose of human language is to explain the nature of human nature and that upon which its happy existence depends.
Also unlike the other animals, humans have the ability to create visual symbols to denote the existence of the sound symbols they create. Examples of visual symbols humans have created to symbolize the existence of the vocalized sounds of their language are displayed within this very book.
Notice how the way some people use language seems very noisy. These people seem to be using common terms of the human language, but the way they are using these terms leaves us confounded as to what they are actually talking about—or worse, what they believe they are actually talking about.
They may believe they are using language in a proper human way, but they are not. Even the human language, when not referencing something known or knowable, reverts back to being called noise.
To keep this book [blog] from being considered noisy, I will begin by discussing why humans make certain types of audio/visual symbols called language, and then advance that discussion until I get to the sound visually symbolized as explanation. Then I will have the material with which to develop a completely new philosophy: the philosophy of explanation.
From this foundation, I will be able to explain God. But first we must start with something much more concrete.