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Edmond, I think that Gary has done a great job of identify two schools of thought, mostly separating those investigators with serious interests into two camps. It appears that you feel yourself to have taken the next step, adding both empirical and philosophical support as you go. I don't know enough to discuss the specifics, but there is one statement that you make--almost casually--that suggests to me that your approach is not as well grounded as you think. You say:

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Language, particularly grammar, and thus meaning, and thus perception, is hard wired in us and in our environment.

Seminal sources that you might have relied on are Chomsky's transformational grammar, Lenneberg's Biological foundations of Language, and Neisser's Cognitive Psychology. These sources would lead us to a whole series of qualifications and detailed expressions that would undermine much of what you think you can conclude.

Chomsky's transformational grammar works so well because it creates on organizational structure that ignores semantic structure (meaning). How we obtain meaning from the world is not understood very well, but it clearly involves complex cognitive and perceptual processes that lead our understanding in very different directions as we develop. The foundations that govern our patterns of interactions may be hard wired, but the specializations among those patterns can and do lead us in very different directions. By the time a child is 5 years old (or so), he has differentiated sufficiently to belong to a culture which will be somewhat unique.

So being hard-wired may not be that big a deal.

Ray

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Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 537 Edmond 16-Apr-18 12:53
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 497 gadavid 17-Apr-18 19:26
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 483 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:34
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 494 Edmond 18-Apr-18 10:00
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 481 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:18
Being hard wired 479 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 06:24
Re: Being hard wired 484 Edmond 19-Apr-18 08:54
Re: Being hard wired 456 Aine 19-Apr-18 12:34
The scientific literature 494 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 13:26
Re: Being hard wired 505 gadavid 19-Apr-18 22:54
Re: Being hard wired 473 gadavid 19-Apr-18 23:18
Re: Being hard wired 494 Edmond 20-Apr-18 07:32
If you want tobe taken seriously by scientists 484 drrayeye 20-Apr-18 15:22
Re: Being hard wired 465 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-18 16:58
Re: Being hard wired 467 gadavid 21-Apr-18 05:08
Re: Being hard wired 469 Edmond 21-Apr-18 14:53
Re: Being hard wired 454 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-18 17:27
Re: Being hard wired 450 gadavid 22-Apr-18 21:52
Re: Being hard wired 497 gadavid 22-Apr-18 22:01
Re: Being hard wired 467 Edmond 23-Apr-18 09:29
Re: Being hard wired 490 gadavid 23-Apr-18 22:21
Re: Being hard wired 447 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:30
Re: Being hard wired 501 gadavid 24-Apr-18 23:23
Re: Being hard wired 541 Edmond 25-Apr-18 09:21
Re: Being a hard wired pain 469 MDaines 25-Apr-18 10:57
Re: Being hard wired 747 gadavid 25-Apr-18 19:38
Re: Being hard wired 481 Eddie Larry 19-Apr-18 18:31
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 530 PB Bytes 14-Apr-18 16:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 485 gadavid 16-Apr-18 00:15
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 510 drrayeye 17-Apr-18 21:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 467 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:19
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 495 drrayeye 18-Apr-18 08:09
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 476 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:30
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 472 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 05:26
To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 455 Race Jackson 24-Apr-18 00:06
Re: To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 459 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:39


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