Ellen Stuttle Posted December 11, 2007 Share Posted December 11, 2007 [...] I wish someone besides me would read Pinker's new frigging book, so we could tie discussion of language and concepts back to someone who influences the larger contemporary debate . . .I'll read it eventually, but it will have to wait its turn. I still have bits and pieces of a couple of Pinker's earlier books to finish reading.Something I'm puzzled about in advertising I've seen for the new one -- maybe you could enlighten on this, William: It sounds as if, after having made short shrift of Whorf in The Language Instinct, he's now adopting rather Whorfian ideas. One book I'm ordering for Christmas is the volume of Whorf's collected essays. I read that as an undergraduate -- Whorf was still quite popular in anthropology departments then -- but I've forgotten most of the details.And, Bob K., something I'm puzzled about in your views is why you keep including "mind" along with other dualistic ideas. E.g., from your post #22:There is no empirical grounding for dualism at all. [....]If people want to believe in ghosts, goblins, spirits, minds and gods, they will, [...].Have you read, e.g., Pinker's How the Mind Works or any other books by current big-name scientific writers presenting non-dualistic approaches to "mind"?Ellen___ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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