Noam Chomsky interview on Language and Knowledge (1977)

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Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology transformed the nature of linguistics before he was 40. In this program with world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee, the outspoken Chomsky challenges accepted notions of the way in which language is learned, examines the relationship of language to experience, and discusses the philosophical nature of knowledge.

This is from the series Modern Philosophy.
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Great to see Chomsky being interviewed by an intelligent person.

Author — Lex772

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Rarely if ever do I see an interview at this level nowadays. Thoroughly, enjoyed this interview.

Author — Xiao Feng

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Brilliant, and now classic, interview. From about 14.30 Chomsky talks about rigid constraints as being essential for creativity (i.e. language). Note how he is somewhat reluctant to speculate about language evolution - and rightly so. Magee is probably the best interviewer that Chomsky has ever encountered. Chomsky himself is brilliant as usual.

Author — sofanr3

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He took enormous risks when he first published on his revolutionary ideas. It stands to reason that when he suggests that language structures exist in the brain, that these neurons and synapses are a designated structure only to a certain extent.

Oliver Sacks wrote extensively how in cases of stroke that the brain can compensate for damaged areas in cases where blindness occurred.

My point of stroke cases is that there is a great deal of "plasticity" where the brain is involved.

What about language in stroke cases?

Author — David Andersen

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The limitations that Chomsky describes reminds me of Herbert Spencer who analyzed religion has having a universal property of being a way to cognize the "unknowable".

Author — Joe Ferrara MD

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Massive thanks for this HD version. Stupendous interview.

Author — bruce tutton

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He is a walking encyclopedia on language.

Author — KeskinCookin

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now watch the video again focusing only on Chomsky's right eyebrow

Author — Luqmaan Waqar

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That is a great interview! Very interesting!

Author — Jim Blomqvist

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Fascinating interview, pre-programmed comment?

Author — The Projections of Grandfather Nebulous

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Magee is getting a hard-on for Chomsky because he recognises that Noams genius tallies with Kant's innate knowledge, if think, and Magee loves the Kantian mystique.

Author — Moesy Pittounikos

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Very Inspiring and Motivating.Thank You.

Author — Amit Purushottam

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Thanks for posting as it's very interesting.

Author — Tom Owens

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Prof. Magee's books on Schopenhauer and Richard Wagner are both excellent.

Author — Alex da Vinci

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Watching all these fascinating interviews through - but I found this one the least interesting to be honest. Chomsky has quite a bland delivery when obviously his intellect is bright.

Author — Mark Watkins

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Philosophy meets linguistics in semiotics.

Author — b. griffin

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16 mins in - is that the sign or answer that god exists?

Author — Hamza Riazuddin

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Kind of funny at the end, Milton Friedman said the same thing where modern liberalism is nothing alike classical liberalism where it's about individuals rights and such but modern liberals are liberal in the sense that they are liberal with your money.

Author — Victor P.

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chomsky's use of words is astounding, i bet hes fuc#ing brilliant at scrable

Author — terry yakamoto

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I think it is incredibly promising to suggest that we have inner richness that allows us to produce interesting constructs triggered by relatively crude experiences. Why can't this richness, this anticipation of the world we are trying to express, be spiritual?

Author — Joe Ferrara MD