Date: Thu 17 Oct 2002 - 03:12:21 GMT
> >...a mental predisposition to engage in instances of certain
> >behaviors more frequently than one might engage in them in its
> Hmmm. That would make behaviors such a learning our first language a
> meme. It would include all the hardwired behaviors we inherit as
> members of the human race. All humans have a predisposition to learn
> language. Somehow that doesn't distinguish memes from inherited
> behaviors. Are there any other characteristics that would distinguish
> them further?
That their particular form is not genetically required (that is, they are not innate). The capacity to learn a language is part and parcel of the human condition, but the languages we do indeed learn are arbitrary human constructions. They could just as easily for us be other languages.
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