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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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John Roth


I just noticed your new series. One item you mentioned earlier was Chomsky's reliance on some form of inherent meaning. I agree that, in the general sense, this is nonsense, but there is a more restricted sense in which it appears to be correct. This is Natural Semantic Metalanguage, a system created by several Australian linguists. While they don't deal with evolutionary issues, it has the advantage that the 65 basic concepts (primes in their terminology) not only don't have to all appear in one shot, some of them could well appear before the emergence of compositional language.

Natural Semantic Metalanguage is the Google search term. If you find Wierzbicka (Polish, immigrated to Australia) or Cliff Goddard, you're in the right place.


John Roth
BLOGGER: Thanks for the Google term.

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