Re: Comments on McCrone's "The Ape That Spoke" (was Re: What's in a

Ton Maas (
Sat, 19 Jul 1997 07:55:09 +0200

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Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 07:55:09 +0200
From: Ton Maas <>
Subject: Re: Comments on McCrone's "The Ape That Spoke" (was Re: What's in a

>I've recently finished reading "The Ape That Spoke" -- a book speculating
>about the origin of language (and simultaneous origin of the ego) in our
>hominid ancestors. The author, John McCrone, used a model of concept
>formation that may be useful to us in our attempt to define a meme (though
>the author seemed sadly unfamiliar with meme theory).
>In this model, sensory impressions which include body-state, the current
>contents of the senses (which may include heard or read "words" or other
>meme-spores), and the current linguistic background noise in the brain (a
>fairly constant hum of our memory-searching inner-voice), are processed in
>a pyrimidal cascade in our brains -- each level reducing the complexity of
>the data by fitting them with learned abstractions (wet, blue, furious,
>block-like, funny, jewelry, container).

Dear Dave,

This sounds interesting. Please post the full credits of this book.


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