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So there are different dialects of sign language too?
To be fair, a reflex action like that doesn't involve any thought.Thinking would be too slow.
Elfabyanos:I has been a while since I looked into this question, but I am pretty sure that what you are saying is at odds with where the neurocognitive sciences are on this. Consider the following cognitive task-- You are thinking about what your strategy should be tomorrow when you will debate the notion that thinking doesn't require symbol manipulation, and also what you might wear to make a good impression. Please break this down into elemental components, like your catch the object example. Symbols representing collections of complex facts, feelings, and relationships are much more efficient to manipulate. Catch the ball or keep the eyes locked on an object while turning the head are relatively simple tasks that have dedicated neural processors.Steve
Symbols representing collections of complex facts, feelings, and relationships are much more efficient to manipulate.
Elfabyanos:You seem to think that you have a pretty good idea of how the brain works for processing language and high level cognition without actually knowing anything about this rich area of research. The onus is on you to do some studying before making such strong statements about your own ideas. I strongly suggest that you take Grahams suggestion. Pinker is a very bright guy and an excellent communicator, and he does research in this area.Steve
I would again emphasise reading Pinker's books on the subject. Simplifying, I think the thesis originally put forward by Chomsky, and supported and developed by a large section of neoroscientists specialising in linguistics, is that the human brain is pre-configured to accept and manipulate a type of symbolic representation of languages....