From: Wade T.Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 12:27:15 GMT
On Thursday, October 31, 2002, at 03:14 , email@example.com wrote:
> But you cannot claim that all your typing is automatic
Again, I don't. Never did. Only that what does actually happen is
affected instantaneously by the performance itself. There is so much
corroborating data about this that I deem it self-evident. 'The best
laid plans of mice and men aft gae aglay'.
> There are so many human-created languages,
> but only one type of spider web per species
Are we at the point of claiming that all languages are unrelated or
unique in developmental and syntactical forms? I don't think so. We are
prepared by our genetic development to make language, just as the spider
is prepared to make webs. I am not _comparing_ webs and language, only
claiming a similar genetic importance. I suppose I am being
> But spiders do not teach each other how to weave their webs
Of course not. They do not have culture, or memes, and yet they produce
similar but unique versions of webs just as we produce similar but
unique versions of languages.
> And yet
> we teach our children our languages. That difference is cognition-
> specific, for we can only teach them the languages we have not only
> experientially learned but also cognitively stored.
Totally agree with this. I just wonder why the 'and yet' needs to be
Cognitive storing seems to be our dividing ground. You want this stored
very specially and specifically in some 'meme-ory', and I don't
particularly see any need to store it anywhere special or specific, and
would call it a very usual and developmentally preset function of usual
memory to deal with such experiential learned information.
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