Re: Standard definition

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 03:47:50 GMT

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    On Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at 05:28 , wrote:

    > Now,
    > the capacity for language in general may be hard-wired in humans, but
    > the capacity for English, Chinese, Tagalog or Urdu is not, because
    > these are created, not inherited, specificities.

    Like the spider's web is different when stretched from tree branches to rocks, or from fence posts to grasses, the capacity for English, or Chinese, are specifics of the environment and humans' responses to it.

    > I'll bet you thought of that answer before you typed it, and that fact
    > in
    > and of itself negates your stance.

    Interestingly enough, I do not completely think of things before I write them (and I suspect no-one does), but, am constantly re-arranging and conditioning my words as I type, making efforts to perform at each finger movement. Writing is a performance like any other, and things happen that I have no control over, or that demand effort and change in each instant. No, my stance is not negated by any experiential examination of performance or cognition that I have ever encountered, rather it is amplified by my own experience of myself and by my investigations of nature and what knowledge I have of the investigations of others. I would not be championing it with such gusto if I, myself, were not heuristically involved with it.

    > Specific cultures are not hard-wired human nature

    The ability for culture _is_ hard-wired human nature, and _specific_ cultures are products of environment. Just like spider webs, and language, and music, and, yes, childhood songs.

    > And BTW,
    > even hard-wired behaviors are hard-wired in those brians [sic] you
    > insist
    > upon avoiding;

    Again, and again, and again, I _am not_ ignoring _anything_ in or about the brain.

    - Wade

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