Culture & Empire

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Frederic Mora (@fredericmora) started discussion #2

4 years ago · 1 comment


However, around the end of the twentieth century, evolutionary psychologists began to uncover some rather different truths about human nature. The first was that it most definitely evolved. The second was that the evolution was carried both in genes and in culture, inseparably. Without learning, our inborn mental tools can't develop. All human languages come from a single common ancestor, just as all human genes do. Third, human nature, like culture, is a rich collection of strategies, which we can select and shape according to need. Our ability to adapt our mental toolset to new circumstance is as much a product of our evolution as the toolset itself.

Chapter 3 - Faceless Societies (Edit this file)

The common language ancestry is still very much a hypothesis, isn't it?

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Gareth @gazhayes commented 4 years ago

Available evidence points very strongly towards a common language, there will of course never be direct evidence.

Pieter Hintjens @hintjens commented 4 years ago

It's not a hypothesis; there is no other plausible alternative unless you dismiss evolution. Even if you argue that as Neanderthal genes flowed into the modern human genome, so perhaps did some language, both Neanderthal and modern human share a single common ancestor.

it's not a hypothesis so much as a direct consequence of evolution.

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