Re: Definition of Culture

Ania Lian (ania@LINGUA.CLTR.UQ.OZ.AU)
Sat, 17 Aug 1996 18:54:09 +1000

On Fri, 16 Aug 1996, J Cook wrote:
> Sure. Learning to survive is essential to all animals. The nonhuman ones do
> it by imitation.
> Jesse S. Cook III

Learning by imitation: I think it is a very interesting point. Maybe we
are splitting a hair, but myself I often wonder how the loop gets broken
and how do we or animals get smarter? After all even the animals got smarter
over the milions of years i.e. they must have either broken out of some
loop somehow or? or I cannot think of another option. What would then
adaptation involve?

ania (a language teacher and researcher)