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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 02:50 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I have not read all of the recent forum activity, but I have a lot of trouble believing that such claims would come out of either JB or Fred, if those are the people to whom you're referring. Please...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I can grant that there are universal mathematical truths, but I'm not convinced that they justify any kind dof mysticism about another world beyond our own. Even if mathematical truths do in fact...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 12:22 AM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

The idea was that punishment is not only meant for the perpetrator, but also for the rest of the population, hence the social context of responsibility.

However, I understand your message that...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 11:12 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I'll concede that mathematical truths imply the existence of some abstract world separate from the material world in which we live, but how do you make the leap from there to objective, universal...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 07:32 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

My message wasn't clear: I mean to say that it should be our goal to understand behavior choice at the most basic network level (because we know it must boil down to that, and it's going to be a...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 05:15 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I'm not so sure there's as big a distinction between behavior choice and behavior execution, and I'm kinda surprised you feel that way, given your disbelief in any kind of free will . . .

As I...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 05:00 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 48,980
Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I haven't been around for a while and don't have a great feel for the forum's member turnover. It's not great to hear that people have been driven away, although based on my experience here, many...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 04:39 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I agree with you entirely on the matter of universal, objective, mathematical truths. They can be proven unequivocally and they remain true whether humans are here to appreciate them or not.

But...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 04:12 PM
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Views: 48,980
Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Hi Tom,

You and I agree on the biology of social interaction, and how morality is simply a tool in humans' repertoire (I think there's a solid argument that social instrincts evolved to reduce...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Views: 48,980
Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Okay Fred - I hope you'll pardon my bad memory.


I would need to see the context in which I wrote down that quote you listed. Why was I putting the word "accidental" in quotation marks, for...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 10:03 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I'd rather you read about this, and see how little we really know, from the experts. If you give me your e-mail address, I'll send you pdf files of the articles I have on hand. Neural networks have...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 09:40 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I put back up that line so as to avoid confusion for anyone looking into this thread. True - Fred's recent insults have not been directed at me, but he's done it in the past. He and I had a running...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 06:33 PM
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Views: 48,980
Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Well . . . I'm going to try my hardest not to become part of this feud and reply without reciprocating the tone in your most recent post.



Way to take the high road. By the way, I'm not a...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 02:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 48,980
Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I'm not sure: my guess would be that both individuals feel Pinker's thesis is self-evident. I haven't read that book in a long time, and so cannot comment further.

Another reason you're not...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Good to hear from you, Fred.



I agree with this, although I can see why other members take offense at your rhetorical aggression. But, as they say, if you can't take the heat, then stay out of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 13th, 2006, 05:10 PM
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Views: 48,980
Posted By Carey N
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Hi Margaret,

Let me say that it's great to have consistently active and thoughtful members, such as yourself, in this forum. The purpose of this post to impart some advice, which I hope you will...
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