The Gray Bunny (graybunny) wrote,
The Gray Bunny

Still have the same headache mentioned in my last post. Yeah.

Meanwhile, here's a fascinating article about experiments in evolving a language. Given a bunch of pictures of alien fruits with randomly-generated names, people have trouble remembering the names accurately. The names they give back have more structure to them — the brain is automatically trying to find patterns in the randomness. If the names remembered by one person are used as input to the next person, it doesn't take very many generations before the names have acquired a regular structure which people can remember easily.
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