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Go back out, a plain rotunda, all white in the whiteness, go back in, rap, solid throughout, a ring as in the imagination the ring of bone. 

                                           —Samuel Beckett

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1.6  Boxing in the Inferior­-Temporal Cortex

“In some brain circuits and and at some points during development, parts of the nervous system adapt to external constraints. Naturally, the learning mechanism itself is innate and is ultimately governed by sophisticated genetic mechanisms. There is thus nothing contradictory in talking about rigid learning mechanisms.”—Dehaene 2009

 At first glance, his argument may seem circular—but the more accurate term would be recursive, in that he must re­-apply rules to warrant the phrase “rigid learning mechanisms,” which at a glance seems contradictory—but more accurately, is recursive, in that is the nature of discourse on discourse. As Tarski taught us, metalanguage strives to escape self­-reference; as Hamlet taught us, “his semblable is his mirror, and who would trace him? his umbrage, nothing more.” In later chapters we ply neurolinguistics at various angles under various lights; in this section we apply it to reading—of marks, glyphs, and words—deictic, iconic, and phonic.

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