Re: Study shows brain can learn without really trying

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    Hi Robin Faichney -

    >> I wouldn't say one's native language is imitated so much as learned.
    >Don't you think imitation plays a large part in such learning?

    Parsing about with imitation and learning is touchy. Certainly an
    advanced learning process requires, before one can use something oneself,
    being shown, or observing, the way something is done or used, (or,
    perhaps, imitating these things...), but, the process of language
    acquisition (and much of motor control) would seem to be a prepared
    genetic developmental period of homo sapiens' life cycle, learned without
    volition and without conscious intent.

    Imitation, to me, requires volition. Patterns of behavior do not- only
    observation is needed. Thus, acquiring language is automatic, but arguing
    about Chomsky is not.

    Although I'm becoming more ready to hear arguments about how that could

    - Wade

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