Why do we still use sign language?

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    This is what happens when a thread is started out of complete ignorance of the topic.
     
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    Okay....
     
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    I can see a few reasons why:

    1. It is analogue - no need for electricity or batteries.
    2. It is a secret code which enables deaf people to talk about non-signers right in front of them.
    3. It's quite beautiful.
     
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    How the hell would we play baseball without sign language?

    Imagine a catcher texting every pitch to the pitcher....

    It's also of course essential in any social situation where you want to communicate something simple (like "shut the fuck up" in a movie theater) without other parties hearing you and/or without disturbing them.

    We use subtle sign language in every visual interaction, even unconsciously lip reading as we converse. It's said that the reason the Amish won't use telephones is that it removes all the visual cues of face-to-face interaction.
     
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    4. (related to 1) it's 'right-brained' as opposed to the 'left-brained' analytical process that a text conversion would require. The same reason I keep an image of an analogue clock (with hands) on my phone. It's quicker, less thinking involved, no translation necessary, no need to read digits and then plug those digits into a context of 'what that means'.

    Another example is a car speedometer. I get a quicker analysis from looking at where the needle is, than reading a number off my GPS and then translating it from the abstract.
     
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