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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 489 Edmond 16-Apr-18 12:53
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 450 gadavid 17-Apr-18 19:26
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 437 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:34
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 446 Edmond 18-Apr-18 10:00
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 435 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:18
Being hard wired 428 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 06:24
Re: Being hard wired 439 Edmond 19-Apr-18 08:54
Re: Being hard wired 413 Aine 19-Apr-18 12:34
The scientific literature 445 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 13:26
Re: Being hard wired 457 gadavid 19-Apr-18 22:54
Re: Being hard wired 426 gadavid 19-Apr-18 23:18
Re: Being hard wired 448 Edmond 20-Apr-18 07:32
If you want tobe taken seriously by scientists 436 drrayeye 20-Apr-18 15:22
Re: Being hard wired 421 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-18 16:58
Re: Being hard wired 421 gadavid 21-Apr-18 05:08
Re: Being hard wired 416 Edmond 21-Apr-18 14:53
Re: Being hard wired 410 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-18 17:27
Re: Being hard wired 400 gadavid 22-Apr-18 21:52
Re: Being hard wired 447 gadavid 22-Apr-18 22:01
Re: Being hard wired 412 Edmond 23-Apr-18 09:29
Re: Being hard wired 441 gadavid 23-Apr-18 22:21
Re: Being hard wired 398 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:30
Re: Being hard wired 452 gadavid 24-Apr-18 23:23
Re: Being hard wired 489 Edmond 25-Apr-18 09:21
Re: Being a hard wired pain 420 MDaines 25-Apr-18 10:57
Re: Being hard wired 661 gadavid 25-Apr-18 19:38
Re: Being hard wired 437 Eddie Larry 19-Apr-18 18:31
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 485 Poster Boy 14-Apr-18 16:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 440 gadavid 16-Apr-18 00:15
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 465 drrayeye 17-Apr-18 21:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 422 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:19
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 448 drrayeye 18-Apr-18 08:09
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 430 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:30
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 428 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 05:26
To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 405 Race Jackson 24-Apr-18 00:06
Re: To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 415 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:39


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