RE: invention of writing vs. tools (was: Evolution's Imperative)

Pim van Meurs (
Sat, 27 Mar 1999 12:37:00 -0800

>That's pretty close to what I believe, with the caveat that *learning* to
>write and create art does not take nearly as much intelligence as *inventing*
>them. What precisely is wrong with this view? Why would anyone think
>that every human activity requires the same amount of intelligence as every
>other human activity?

Susan: and don't forget that there are modern human cultures, the members of which
are fully as intelligent as we are, that to this day have never invented

Indeed, the ideas of Cummin that somehow cultures strive towards a writen language is plain silly.