[Marxism] Darwin/Marx

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Tue May 4 15:37:32 MDT 2004


Carroll's figure of 50,000-40,000 bp reflects an assumed qualitative
improvement in communications from innovative stone technology.  Almost
surely language improved around that time, but the consensus seems to be
that language goes back much farther...and was a factor in explaining
the success of homo sapiens sapiens over our Neanderthal cousins.  

However, language surely went back much further.  There's a good piece
on the gestural origins of language at
<http://www.americanscientist.org/amsci/articles/99articles/Corballis.ht
ml>.
It argues that the use of gesture for communications helped encode the
brain for verbal language.

Solidarity!
Mark L.






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