If we don't finish everything this week, we'll return to this program after our midyear exam next week.
The whole program:
Our first segment, "Birth of a Language," begins at 35 minutes 43 seconds. The second part, "The Evolutionary Role of Memes," begins at 44 minutes.
Our discussion questions:
- Who are Maria Noname and Judy Kegel?
- What information about herself was Maria unable to give?
- The “window” for acquiring language stays open until about what age?
- Why did the Nicaraguan deaf children in this documentary never encounter the window for language?
- Instead of learning the standard sign language, what did the Nicaraguan children do?
- What does every language depend upon? A set of strict ... what?
- Richard Dawkins believes that language provided an advantage in what grand process?
- What does Robin Dunbar do when he is out in the field--for example in a restaurant or on a train?
- Dunbar and his colleagues thought that the exchange of technical information made up the major part of communication. To their surprise, 2/3 of normal human communication is actually made up of what?
- What will monkeys and apes never know?
- What does Stephen Pinker suggest might be the advantage of being the first to get a nice bit of gossip?
- The narrator says, "Language: the force that created modern human culture, and that today tells us...." What three things does language tell us? “Who …, how …, and where ....”
- Memes include, among other things, such intellectual and behavioral patterns as: (name as many as possible)
- As an example of “memes fighting against genes,” Blackmore mentions that, in general, the more education you have, the fewer children you have.” What might the implications be?