One might wonder at the reasons for Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini slip-shod attempt to repudiate natural selection. For those who are familiar with the their nativist position on the nature of language and Chomsky's criticism of Skinner's book Verbal Behavior, the answer is quite clear. Theirs is just another vain and back-door attempt to crush Skinner's explanation of language as selection by consequences through operant conditioning. Check out their discussion of Skinner, behaviorism, learning theory, and operant conditioning in their book.They really fear that Skinner had a better grasp of language behavior they do.
posted by Raymond Weitzman
April 17, 2010
"Penguins are 10 times older than humans and have been here for a very, very long time," said Daniel Ksepka, Ph.D., a North Carolina State University research assistant professor. Dr. Ksepka researches the evolution of penguins and how they came to inhabit the African continent.
Because penguins have been around for over 60 million years, their fossil record is extensive. Fossils that Dr. Ksepka and his colleagues have discovered provide clues about migration patterns and the diversity of penguin species.
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