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2013-09-23 03:49:19 PM  
I like the "What you thinking about?  I dunno, oogaty boogaty oook oogatay Rachel Welch googity (fire bad Rachael Welch in fur bikini good) stuff" accompanying the article.
2013-09-23 04:28:01 PM  
2013-09-23 04:32:57 PM  
It's an interesting question to speculate about, but we're not likely to find an answer to it (short of sci-fi solutions).
2013-09-23 05:56:26 PM  
2013-09-23 05:58:37 PM  
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Complex enough to ponder some profound issues.
2013-09-23 07:23:44 PM  
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2013-09-23 08:04:55 PM  

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Nice to see a Sawyer reference.
2013-09-23 08:26:04 PM  
It probably sounded like what neanderthals sound like today. What, you thought they were extinct? Hah. Not hardly.
2013-09-23 08:29:51 PM  
they sound kinda like phil hartman
2013-09-23 08:37:08 PM  

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Nice to see a Sawyer reference.

What I like most about Sawyer's work is the Canadian references.  I read End of an Era, which has a scene in the TRIUMF facility at UBC.  Given that I was living in UBC Rez at the time, it was apt.

I met the guy once.  He was reading a passage from Hominids in a tiny bookstore in Vancouver.  I missed out on Terry Pratchett by a week.

2013-09-23 09:44:34 PM  
He lost me right here: That human language is different from other animal languages in degree, not kind.

If any animal had a

I don't think Neanderthals had langauge at all.  They probably used vocalizations in complex ways to communicate emotions, and clearly they had developed a culture, but I have a hard time believing that a population can exist for a million years and make such slow technological progress as the Neanderthals made if they had language.  If any Neanderthals had developed langauge, evolution would have quickly favored individuals with the best linguistic skills, because of the tremendous advantages collaborative thinking would bring.  And with collaborative thinking would have come techological advances.  But that didn't happen with the Neanderthals.

For that matter, I don't believe "modern" humans developed language until rather recently (maybe 150-75 thousand years ago) because thereabouts is when archaeological evidence starts turning up evidence of rapid technological advance.
2013-09-24 12:06:06 AM  
2013-09-24 04:01:32 AM  
Your world frightens and confuses me!
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2013-09-24 09:23:52 AM  
Or the politics tab
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