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Where nature and nurture clash: Pioneering a new theory of language

Where nature and nurture clash: Pioneering a new theory of language | cognition | Scoop.it
BY DANIEL L. EVERETT



In the wake of Newtown, Americans must be asking themselves: Is there something inherently violent about us? Are we doomed by our nature or our culture to endure ongoing, r
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confronting "biology made me do it" world view:



We certainly are all cut from the same biological mode. But nature made us flexible not rigid. That is why the bold idea of Chomsky and the evolutionary psychologists simply cannot explain what we know about human diversity. 

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FastTFriend's comment, June 17, 2013 9:27 AM
Human reasoning is the core of human flexibility. And it is this flexibility, not hard-wiring, that is the truly distinctive advantage and characteristic of human beings.
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Where Does Identity Come From?: Scientific American

Where Does Identity Come From?: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
A fascinating new neuroscience experiment probes an ancient philosophical question—and hints that you might want to get out more
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Regardless of these specifics, this experiment is a potent reminder that our lives are a work in progress. If we’re indeed living out a kind of tape, then it seems to be one in which the tracks can be tweaked as they’re read, even if they’re rather deep. As your brain is shaped by the choices you make, there is room for chance and noise – room for you to be unique.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 12, 2013 9:57 AM

Who we are is hard to measure and research, but it is important to seek the questions, if not the answers.