Noam Chomsky on the unsolved mysteries of language and the brain

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PTEHA

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Noam Chomsky on the unsolved mysteries of language and the brain
Wednesday 30 March 2016 2:26PM
Tiger Webb Interview 30 mins
At the age of 87, and with his seminal work 'Syntactic Structures' about to turn 60, Noam Chomsky is still thinking about linguistics. Tiger Webb learns why some of the mysteries surrounding language may never be solved—and why that might not be such a bad thing.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational...-galileo-challenge-origin-of-language/7284178
Audio https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peE3nxq1PL?play=true

Language is primarily an instrument of thought.
'(Theories) They're intelligible, but the world isn't. It isn't a machine.'
Asked at the end of the interview to sum up his thoughts, he pauses. 'We are very mysterious, at least to ourselves. Maybe somebody else understands.' (light chuckling)

I have always liked Chomsky and really appreciated what he has brought to the table for decades. Maybe others might find some great wisdom in this little chat as well.
 
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Sciborg_S_Patel

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One of the great things about Chomsky is he leans toward materialism of a sort but he fully acknowledges the limitations to mechanistic thinking and definitions of matter.
 
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