Part of marxist anthropologist Chris Knight's long-running examination of Noam Chomsky. "Language is peculiar. No other species has anything remotely like it. If language is part of nature – a kind of organ or instinct, like stereoscopic vision – it’s puzzling. It’s unusual for a complex biological adaptation to be wholly confined to just one species."
Chomsky treats language as cognition, not communication. He says it enables us to think in unusually clear and powerful ways, planning ahead, comparing and evaluating our ideas and so on. But if so, wouldn’t we have expected other large-brained animals – elephants, whales, dolphins, chimpanzees – to have benefited from some such feature? Why just humans?
Noam Chomsky analyses the whithering of the American super-power and its causes.
"It is a common theme" that the United States, which "only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal is in decline, ominously facing the prospect of its final decay," Giacomo Chiozza writes in the current Political Science Quarterly.
Noam Chomsky interviewed in 1977 by David Cohen on the topic of psychology
QUESTION: Do your views about Man hint at some kind of sympathy with a man like [R. D.] Laing who sees many mystical elements in Man, that are maybe too random to be encompassed by a finite science?
Robert Rieber interviews Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky on the Psychology of Language & Thought
QUESTION: What role does cognition play in the acquisition and development of language? Do linguistic factors influence general cognitive development?
Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Krauss and Sean Carroll (physicist, not his biologist namesake) comment on the role intellectuals, science and religion.
Science & Theology News asked three leading scientists – Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Krauss and Sean M. Carroll -- to comment on topics in science-and-religion as well as in popular culture. What follows are their answers. (Source: now-defunct Science & Theology News, March 1, 2006. and Chomsky.info)
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