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Re: <nettime> Disordered thinking through the origin of language (I'm in
Michael H Goldhaber on Thu, 7 Sep 2006 04:34:55 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Disordered thinking through the origin of language (I'm in quotation)


that is what I was trying to explain. (I don't think all animals  
possess culture, by the way,  although many birds and mammals do. To  
have culture, there needs to be some degree of specific raising of  
the young.)
The leap into the symbolic requires the ability to associate in a  
somewhat fluid way, and also the ability to imitate at a high level.

Best,
Michael

On Sep 6, 2006, at 12:13 PM, Alan Sondheim wrote:

> The issue for me is the leap into language, written or spoken - in  
> other words, the leap into the symbolic, which seems qualitatively  
> different between hominids and other primates or animals. Or  
> further, given that all animals possess culture (which I believe),  
> how did this 'leap' - whatever it is - evolve?


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