Although he called it "inherited primordial language", Chomsky proposed what I
call "platonic language structures" in view of the philosophies of Plato, Kant
and Leibniz, this
apparent in view of the rapidity at which language can be learned and
Chinese children learning mandarin is truly staggering, if you have ever tried
I would add memory to the candidate list. This may be persuasive but is not a
A bit stronger is Rupert Sheldrake's massing of a mountain of data from
studies of memory and cognition orf past and shared expeiences.
Similarly the highly respected Willard van Orman Quine has described
in my words as quais-magical rather than logical. In my own words, he said that
finding the meaning of a sentence happens epistemologically almost as "bam,
The platonic view makes understanding language simple, Instead, in my opnion,
what I call
the cult of materialism has blinded our understanding of the world and man so
platonism (implicit in Plato and Leibniz, but incomplete in Kant) is dismissed
out of hand.
But platonism is how we perceive and think.
Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
See my Leibniz site at
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