Re: Re(2): Paper on chimp culture

Lloyd Robertson (
Tue, 29 Jun 1999 10:15:23 -0600

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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 10:15:23 -0600
From: Lloyd Robertson <>
Subject: Re: Re(2): Paper on chimp culture
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At 08:16 PM 28/06/99 -0400, Mark M. Mills wrote:
>I find the notion that thoughts are 'languaged into existence' very
>unsatisfactory. How do you get 'the first conversation' using this model?
IMHO there was no "first conversation" just like there was no first human
being. Consciousness / self-awareness probably developed in small
incremental steps as the ability to communicate developed, each feeding on
the other. It is impossible to say, therefore, that at some point a
specific dividing line was cross and we suddenly had conversation (the same
argument holds for the development of consciousness).


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