Single Idea 3507

[catalogued under 19. Language / C. Assigning Meanings / 1. Syntax]

Full Idea

No further predictive or explanatory power is added by saying that there is in addition a level of deep unconscious rules of universal grammar.

Gist of Idea

Universal grammar doesn't help us explain anything


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch.10.IV)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.244

A Reaction

I would have thought that neuroscientists would be very interested in this prediction, if it were convincing enough. Nothing to stop us from trying to infer the nature of something which is beyond our reach.