Dolphins

We have met the enemy, and they are illiterate. ssl7091 at ocvaxa.cc.oberlin.edu
Wed Jul 27 11:57:42 EST 1994


Regarding those dolphins, their hemispheres do indeed appear to be 
alternately active; in fact, their corpus callosum is so atrophied
that this almost has to be the case-- or at least, the hemispheres 
have to act independently (theoretically, they could act independently
and simultaneously, but that would cause all srots of problems)...
the idea of the two hemispheres of a dolphin's brain being alternately
active also presents a satisfying answer to the puzzle that dolphins'
cerebral quotient (or something like that-- brain weight to body weight
ratio , or something similar) is similar to humans', about twice that
of chimps and apes and far above anything else.  Under this theory,
dolphins' quotient can be effectively chopped in half, making it the
same as a chimp's, which makes a lot more sense given what we know about
what dolphins, chimps, and people can learn.

-Sarah Leupen



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