Re: Lesser genes than expected

From: wilkins (wilkins@wehi.EDU.AU)
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 01:06:55 GMT

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    Scott Chase wrote:
    > >From: <>
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    > >Subject: Re: Lesser genes than expected
    > >Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 14:08:38 EST
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    > >Ah, but might it be that we ARE born with enhanced ability to learn certain
    > >classes of structures within language, certain types of vocabulary before
    > >others, and certain memes similarly? Consider the face-recognizer in the
    > >cortex. Nobody had to be taught the importance of a face. Imprinting in
    > >birds? Learning and decision tasks put into formats compatible with an
    > >animal's normal activities will be better executed than those which in
    > >alien
    > >ones.
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    > >
    > So maybe we're born with a bunch of riverbeds needing only some water to
    > course through them?

    More like we're born with a geology of hard and soft substrates, and
    where and how long the water flows determines where the riverbeds are...

    John Wilkins, Head, Graphic Production, The Walter and Eliza Hall 
    Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia
    Homo homini aut deus aut lupus - Erasmus of Rotterdam
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