Human universals

saw Steven PInker talk last night, where he mentioned Donald Brown's work on 'Human Universals'. Which led me to MITECS, The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Which I think might be useful, somehow... just haven't figured out how yet.

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Thank, Matt for pointing to these. I very rarely look for the cogsci literature any more because it's so intellectual demanding to throw yourself into it. I don't delve that deeply into cogsci because I just want the abridged version lately. I don't know if it's laziness or what. For instance, I started reading Lakoff's "Women Fire and Dangerous Things" and just found it painful. Anyway, that's why it's good to read you and Peterme often because you read and discuss this literature. Thanks for that.


I spent a semester in a course taught by Rob Wilson (one of the MITECS editors). MITECS is incredibly useful for getting bite-size chunks of cogsci thought on a particular topic - and the online version is great for jumping from concept to concept. Of course the authors of any individual piece bring their own biases (East Coast/West Coast linguistics, etc.) As far as cogsci applications - everything from models of mind to memory processing to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis has served as a backdrop for me in my daily grind.