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Darwin-L Message Log 1:106 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<1:106>From LUKEMATT@macc.wisc.edu  Sun Sep 12 19:28:09 1993

Date: Sun, 12 Sep 93 19:28 CDT
From: J. Luke Matthews <LUKEMATT@macc.wisc.edu>
Subject: Re: Evolution in linguistics?
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

it's interesting how the name Lamarck comes up anytime the word
'intentionality' comes up when people talk about evolution. Changes in culture,
society aren't different from changes in the non-human parts of the
universe...their's plenty of intentionality out there too...after all (and this
is admittedly an exaggeration) one reason there are no jellyfish on
mountaintops is because jellyfish just hate montane environments. Animals and
plants, monera, protista, and whatever else are squirming around out there do
have some capacity to make some (perhaps severely limited) choices.

And of course, there's plenty of irrational and nonrational nonintentionality
among us ever so sapient humans.

J. Luke Matthews
University of Wisconsin/Madison
LUKEMATT@MACC.WISC.EDU

 --til now, only lurking....

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