Re: Of Bafflegab and Science...

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Dec 31, 2001 at 20:29 (

Re: Of Bafflegab and Science... (Sparrow)

How is deciphering the letters of an alphabet much different from discerning and following the tracks of wild animals in the mud or dirt or snow? Discerning the tracks, deciphering which animal they belong to, and getting useful information from that visual input, such as how big/heavy it is and whether it is worth bringing down or too scrawny to mess with, whether it is predator or prey, zebra or leopard, must require enormous amounts of cortical activity relevant to vision. The earliest substances to wear the marks humankind made must have been non-durable: dirt, mud, sand, maybe a charcoal scrawl on a stick, stone or potsherd. There is a major difference between the age of language and the age of the record of language.

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