Aug 15, 1987
"The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power. If I didn't betray it, I would be ashamed of myself."
-- Noam Chomsky --
"And once that trick has been implemented, hierarchically embedded syntax immediately becomes possible [...] The macro-mutation seems complex and ‘747-ish’ but it really isn’t. It’s a simple addition – a ‘stretched DC-8 mutation’ [...] Chomsky’s hereditarian position in this instance makes sense and, more to the point, interesting sense. The origin of Language may represent a rare example of the ‘hopeful monster’ theory of evolution."
--- Richard Dawkins (Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science; pgs. 383-4) ---
"Putnam isn’t the first to try to settle it a priori, but the a priori arguments don’t convince. Here again, one could wish that Putnam were the pragmatist he claims to be."
-- Jerry Allan Fodor, A Science of Tuesdays, LRB, July, 2000 --
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