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October 31, 2004

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João da Costa

These stories about those amerindian tribes make me remember a case I read many years ago in a popular Psychology book for teenagers.
I tried to see related material in the Net and I came to this:
http://www.feralchildren.com/en/showchild.php?ch=kamala
This a story of two children who were raised by wolves from the very beginning of their lives.
Later discovered by people and brought back to a human environment they never:
* were able to fully develop an understanding of a human language;
* give up a very strong tendency to walk with 4 "legs";
* socialize or even lose their fear of humans;
etc.
Putting aside whatever is legend in all such stories the lesson we can extract from them is that a minimal human environment is necessary for a genetically defined human being to express minimally his/her humanity even in such simple things as walking on two feet and that some abilities require a proper age to be developed or otherwise they are lost (Is there a nature law about animal organs/abilities which states something like: use it or loose it?...)!
All this make me also think about the endless nature versus nurture debate.

Abiola Lapite

"a minimal human environment is necessary for a genetically defined human being to express minimally his/her humanity even in such simple things as walking on two feet and that some abilities require a proper age to be developed or otherwise they are lost"

You make a point that I'd like to expand upon later with regards to the nature of human language ...

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