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The Chomsky of Causality

I was looking for some psot about the Fox in Saint-Exupery's Le Petit Prince in andrewwyld's LJ, and came across this classic quotation from a bloke who is lamost too cool for words:

I want to assist someone to have children and then tell them funny stories about Mr. Chomsky and the Little Word that Canned. I am looking forward to watching any children someone is mad enough to permit me to sire acquire language. It should be fun.
- andrewwyld, 2003-07-30

This thread from the summer was notable for the fact that Andrew's above remark could have been from me, only with "language" replaced by "a theory of correlation and causality" and "Chomsky" replaced by... well, the anti-Pearl, whoever that is (Simpson? Probably not...). [1]

What brought this thought on: Clark Glymour visited on Mon 10 Nov 2003 and mentioned several books and research programs on how young children learn about causality. For example, David Sobel, one of Glymour's collaborators at Brown, is studying how preschool children use causal properties of objects and counterfactual reasoning to make decisions about categories. (Sooo qyoot!)

While you're looking at Mr. Wyld's thread, have a glance at the lille sproglet he sketched and memember to go "aw, sew qyoot".

Not suitable for young children - irony by way of phawkwood:

My life is rated PG.
What is your life rated?

[1] I'd say Chomsky is getting to be something of an anti-Pearl, of linguistics. Not being a linguist, I can go out on a limb and say that. Or is it that all the linguists have already taken it as a given?



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Nov. 23rd, 2003 02:35 pm (UTC)
Aww ... thank you!  I'll have to check out all those links on causality with greater care later, for I Have Things To Do.

The fox is at this location, by the way.
Nov. 24th, 2003 07:13 pm (UTC)
Aww ... thank you! I'll have to check out all those links on causality with greater care later, for I Have Things To Do.
Vert goond!
I have added a couple more salient links, and look forward to your comments.

The fox is at this location, by the way.
Ah, yes, thanks. I found it the other day and just forgot to link it in. Some of my LJ friends are picking it up again, interestingly.

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