capturing thought

Somewhere, somehow, somewhen, someone discovered the long-lost secret process to capture thought. The discovery of the secret process meant that thought could be transported from one place to another, transplanted from one mind to another, preserved for subsequent use by yet unborn minds. The discovery meant that a bridge could be built between the realm of intangible, immaterial things like thoughts, ideas, and memories on the one hand and the realm of material, physical things like rocks, bodies, water and dust on the other hand. Amazing, don't you think?

Unfortunately, there was and still is one small problem: thoughts and meanings captured or transported by means of the secret process become distorted, damaged, even destroyed. However, people do not allow that small problem to get in the way of using the secret process to capture, transport and transplant thought.

So, what do they call the amazing discovery that enables a bridge to be built between the material and the immaterial? They call it "language", of course.