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Open Thread, 6/29/2014

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Short interview with me on NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition about my son’s whole-genome sequence. It’s edited down from 10 minutes of tape. Nothing new to readers of this weblog, some of whom may be as underwhelmed as my son.

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  1. amazing Eastern Front color footage montage

    nice new technology for tree removal

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  2. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on this paper by Chomsky, Lewontin, et al. regarding the evolution of humanity’s language capability. Here are the main points from the abstract:

    We show that, to date,

    (1) studies of nonhuman animals provide virtually no relevant parallels to human linguistic communication, and none to the underlying biological capacity;

    (2) the fossil and archaeological evidence does not inform our understanding of the computations and representations of our earliest ancestors, leaving details of origins and selective pressure unresolved;

    (3) our understanding of the genetics of language is so impoverished that there is little hope of connecting genes to linguistic processes any time soon;

    I figured you might have some insight into (1) and (3) in particular. Is the origin of language bound to always remain a mystery, or do you feel that it will only remain a mystery in the context of a Chomskyan paradigm, with its very particular view of what language is and is not?

  3. My article “The Genetics of Crimean Karaites” has just been published in English in the Summer 2014 issue (#42) of Karadeniz Arastirmalari (Journal of Black Sea Studies) on pages 69-84.

    Adobe Acrobat .PDF download:

    The evidence I discuss shows Crimean Karaites are a hybrid population comprised of Israelite and non-Israelite ancestries.

  4. i should add that there are some new commenting features. if you are a long time commenter you can now look at your history of comments

  5. “We’re sorry. That page could not be found.” Probably just as well.

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