In a recent comment clipped by GP in the Jerad thread, Keiths has used the rhetorically dismissive term “Gish Gallop.” Let me cite: KS: . . . with gpuccio it is sometimes possible to zero in on the crux of a disagreement. You can’t do that with Gish Gallopers. Now, as I will shortly show, Read More…
This theory gets us somewhere only if we redefine the problem. That is, if we focus away from complexity of human thought and language and toward which techniques were chosen first.
It pays to ask: Our fearless readers traced the term “intelligent design” back to the mid-1760s
Yesterday, UD’s News announced a free chart of fallacies. I thought, oh, yay, let’s download. But, once I began to look at the chart, I noticed that it presented Plato, Socrates and Aristotle in a way that seemed to mock the orthodox Christian triune concept of God. (Did it ever strike the creator of the Read More…
Other psychiatrists now find Norway massacre gunman Anders Behring Breivik ‘not insane’ – prison now possible “The experts’ main conclusion is that the accused, Anders Behring Breivik, is not considered to have been psychotic at the time of the actions on July 22, 2011,” the Oslo district court said in a statement which reopens the Read More…
The author of 250 years ago follows the older practice of capitalizing all nouns.
“It’s perfectly obvious that there is some genetic factor that distinguishes humans from other animals and that it is language-specific.”
When it comes to understanding language, evolutionary biology is apparently a waste of time. The Tower of Babel is more useful.
And then there is the question of whether to believe Everett on the evidence and many colleagues clearly do not.
“Why, then, as an atheist, am I not offended?”
“The native languages here in the Pacific Northwest (USA and British Columbia) may have the second most complex sound systems and they also are very far from South Africa.”
The analogy from language to biology is flawed anyway. Biology runs on the many life or death rules of biochemistry; language doesn’t operate under such severe constraints.
“Others within the academy who must deal with Darwinism may find themselves in the same position but less willing to say so openly.”
The reviewer doesn’t convey a sense that the author grapples with the origin of the mental capacity for learning many languages, beyond identifying prompts whose value depends on an undiscovered country.
“That is the suggestion of a study which found chimps link sounds and levels of brightness, … “