Camels With Hammers
Philosophy, Ethics, Atheism, Nietzsche
A fascinating video, via PZ, who also offers some analysis.
Not really a surprise that the left side of the brain is responsible for language of color- that’s true for 95% of right handers and 60some % of lefties in all words.
When you’re talking about BOLD activation in an FMRI, it depends on what part of the brain is most ‘active’ so the difference in lateralization makes sense- if the left side is going to name, the blood would go there. I don’t think the research shows for certain that the right side is NOT doing anything (or any less than it did prelanguage age) if it’s based on a BOLD response.
It’s great that they got Elijah Wood for the second half; the production values are excellent.
If I remember Latin has no distinction between brown and grey.
Thanks for sharing this!
The evidence seems shaky at best to me: The first test took no account for genes also wiring for language acquisition that kicks in and that will shape perception as well. Nor did they show brain activity with fMRI for instance. It would be a lot more convincing if they’d look at how people learnig their first and different language would look like in the wiring of the brain, so look at when a baby in germany starts to learn german and look at his/her brain and do the same for different languages and see if there are any interesting developments in differences (which will be as no individual will be the same, but one can control for it). The second I immediately thought that they were colourblind– that seemed to explain the categories, and the ability to spot contrast differences (remember that during the second world war they hired colourblind people to spot camouflage from planes).
And we’re talking about colour! You could sit for eternity slicing up the spectrum to their own categories and it’s completely arbitrary, a human construct, built in through the millenias. Putting colours to categories like darker ones etc seems like a perfectly sensible thing to do. But did they control for genes? That is, were they colourblind? (We’re talking about a small tribe with probably not much genes coming from the outside)
Linguistic Determinism/relativism suffers from deepities: The analogue to them and people abusing the observer effect and other concepts from quantum physics is amusing.
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