Joined: Dec. 2008
I'm surprised that Chomsky was so far out there. As a non-scientist, I had always thought it was a nature/nuture thing. His theory was the there was a basic grammar that had evolved into the hardware of the brain. This enables us to pick up languages quickly. This is opposed to the idea that our brains are totally plastic as far as languages are concerned.
The implication was that if we met aliens, we may never be able to understand them as we do not share the same base grammar.