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----- Original Message -----
From: Kenneth Van Oost <Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be>
Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2002 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: teleology and language
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Douglas P. Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > There is something right about that, although I think some of the
> > content of language is not "culturally accessible" since it is
> > even to native speakers of the language, in more or less the same way
> > DNA includes a lot of sequences that aren't used for anything but are
> > along through the generations for reasons nobody has yet divined.
> > Maybe there are no reasons, maybe they are just useless noise, but
> > like the late Lewis Thomas have seen ways they may be a vital part of
> > global genetic process. I don't really know enough about genetics to
> > an intelligent opinion on that, but when it comes to language I think I
> > enough to state with certainty that natural languages are full of
> > we don't use, some kind of content we can't get a handle on, but do pass
> > along to our children.
> Hi Douglas,
> Yes, I understand what you mean here !
> I would call such things ' nuances ' ( can 't find a better word), and yes
> indeed, even we speak the language they are hard to understand and
> mush harder to explain to someone strange to the language.
> But even that said, for the time being, I haven 't got a clue how this,
> memetical info could ( would/ should ) be transferred to the next gene-
> rations, if we exclude the possibility that memetical info can travel
> along with the genetical one. And than again, it is more of a feeling than
> real- word- like information/ meaning.
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