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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 698 Edmond 16-Apr-18 12:53
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Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 643 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:34
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 664 Edmond 18-Apr-18 10:00
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 633 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:18
Being hard wired 636 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 06:24
Re: Being hard wired 636 Edmond 19-Apr-18 08:54
Re: Being hard wired 614 Aine 19-Apr-18 12:34
The scientific literature 660 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 13:26
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Re: Being hard wired 619 gadavid 19-Apr-18 23:18
Re: Being hard wired 657 Edmond 20-Apr-18 07:32
If you want tobe taken seriously by scientists 641 drrayeye 20-Apr-18 15:22
Re: Being hard wired 616 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-18 16:58
Re: Being hard wired 622 gadavid 21-Apr-18 05:08
Re: Being hard wired 622 Edmond 21-Apr-18 14:53
Re: Being hard wired 613 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-18 17:27
Re: Being hard wired 608 gadavid 22-Apr-18 21:52
Re: Being hard wired 654 gadavid 22-Apr-18 22:01
Re: Being hard wired 619 Edmond 23-Apr-18 09:29
Re: Being hard wired 647 gadavid 23-Apr-18 22:21
Re: Being hard wired 611 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:30
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Re: Being hard wired 702 Edmond 25-Apr-18 09:21
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Re: Being hard wired 630 Eddie Larry 19-Apr-18 18:31
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Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 637 gadavid 16-Apr-18 00:15
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 661 drrayeye 17-Apr-18 21:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 620 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:19
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 659 drrayeye 18-Apr-18 08:09
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 624 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:30
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