I live in an area with a lot of undocumented workers. Federal boots due to do a raid on our local area soon which sucks ’cause the big farms need those workers. Anyway, they always drive at or just under the speed limit. Don’t get in trouble. Stay quiet. Go to work. Spend money. Paid 75% of what US workers would get, except US workers don’t want that kind of work. So, if the big black boots from Washington DC step foot in our local soil, it’ll disrupt the fast food tomatoes and stuff. Whatever. Just another day in “States have no say” USA.

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I use FamilySearch a lot; love the dedication to genealogy. Choir is great. There’s a new Mormon church opening up not far from me in an area with few of any churches. But… while I feel as if I could attend most services of most religions and denominations, I don’t think I could with Mormon. I respect the freedom of religion in the USA but I’ve known the difficulties of some who left and the troubles they had adjusting to their childhoods.

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Connectionism and computationalism aren’t mutually exclusive and they are compatible but Pinker’s view has almost no such compromise to any significant degree. You can bring in Ramachandran and I’ll probably find Ramchandran agreeable to my view. But Ramachandran does not affect Pinker. This is from 1998 but I have not seen a fundamental shift in Pinker since. He misrepresents connectionism then rejects his misrepresentation in no uncertain terms. “We conclude that connectionists’ claims about the dispensability of rules in explanations in the psychology of language must be rejected, and that, on the contrary, the linguistic and developmental facts provide good evidence for such rules.”

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