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January 15, 2014


Mark Stahlman

Irving: Excellent post! Pinker isn't exactly being honest. The "insights" he points to are based on a premise that could never be accepted by the humanities -- that humans are the "same" as monkeys and rats. That assumption is required for the "cognitive" guys to conduct experiments (since they can't put humans in mazes) but undermines the entire point of the humanities, which is premised on humans being fundamentally different. As George Dyson put it, "The the game of life and evolution: there are three players at the table, nature, the humans and the machines." If you confuse these three, as Pinker does (among many others), then your "science" will also be hopelessly confused. Thanks -- Mark

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