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Re: [ontolog-forum] Mirror neurons in language use

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From: "Rich Cooper" <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:11:08 -0800
Message-id: <20100119201117.D4499138CFD@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hi Ed, John, Ravi, Gary,...



Rich Cooper


Rich AT EnglishLogicKernel DOT com




The bottom line is that something happened around 50000 years ago, homo sapiens began to dominate, apparently because of technical and cultural superiority, and the Neanderthals and other hominids gradually disappeared over the next 20000 years, probably because they could not compete.  We know about some of the physiological differences, and we suppose that symbolic thinking and language abilities may have been associated with those differences.  But there is also a lot of evidence for the gradual nature of the evolution of these capabilities, and it may well be that multiple small changes came together to produce effective abilities, and social and environmental factors made them useful.


So the evidence is that somewhere between -300K and -30K, slight survival advantages began to shift survival resources from the Neanderthals to the Cro-Magnons.  Over the 220K years in between, genetic gradients, and nurture resulting from ever improving interpersonal communications, probably had the decisive hand when times got tough.


It would be nice to know if the recently Hobbits had language, how much language, and how useful their language skills might have been.  





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