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post #403 The Spirit of the list
A Guide to Major Discussion Threads
post #7 This thread starts with the idea that humans find it useful to package ideas in coherent stories. Parr makes reference to the work of William Calvin.
post #19 All members should feel free to post their personal "Position Papers" This is a statement of one group member's (Joshua Freeman) interests and biases. Follow the stimulated threads at post #30 and post #123, below.
post #20 History of Philosophy.
post #24 A standing linguistic question: evolution of articles in language.
post #37 THE ASCENT OF MIND. brains, thought, instinct, mind
post #39 Chomsky and Pinker
post #47 induction, deduction, semantics, arguments
post #50 Society and Language
post #74 Bickerton and Language
post #79 eGroups can be a pain. Here is a specific suggestion for dealing with the eGroups system.
post #85 On Improvement.
post #143 Ask Alice. Parrsing Alice in Wonderland word play.
post #173 Pavlov's People: "Humans do only when they are moved to do so."
post #202 Under what conditions is there PROGRESS in human languages?
post #219 Paul Grice's rules for conversation.
post #237 Historical Development of Philosophy of Language. Some comments on Lakoff and Johnson's book, "Philosophy in the Flesh". Particular attention on the role of unconscious brain processes that support our conscious minds. See the related comments on the unconscious in post #240
post #270 Chomky's Views and Influence on the study of language.
post #275 What would be the characteristics of a general purpose learning system? Is human language such a system? (Follow GPLS thread).
post #292 How do we detect consciousness? Would an artificial intelligence system that used human language have to be conscious?
post #314 Some comments on John Searle and his books.
post #333 Michael Gazzaniga
post #350 Why can't the English learn to speak?
post #367 Wittgenstein and battles against bewitchment by Plato and Descartes.
post #393 Discussion of minds viewed as formal systems and computing devices
post #395 Some questions about language.
post #398 Some issues related to the role and use that graphical and sentential representations have in communication and problem-solving across the school curriculum
post #485 Landmarks. Parr tries to nudge the group away from philosophical foundation issues towards confrontation of the key issue of MEANING.
post #576 Correspondence theories of meaning.
post #605 Working Assumptions (see also 609, 614)
post #655 Goals for studies of Mind and Language
post #822 What is Language? (see also post #838, post #846)
post #825 Deconstructing Heidegger's "Being and Time".
post #848 Robots, transhumanism, language, thought.
post #859 Is realism instictive?