religion and the brain

Wolf Kirchmeir wwolfkir at sympatico.ca
Mon Oct 25 13:14:56 EST 2004


Stargazer wrote:
[...]
> However, Mr. Kirchmeir's post said that the main functions of dog's
> brains and human's brains are "exactly the same", and this sounds
> wrong. Dog's (and most other mammals) brains don't have similarly
> developed frontal lobes. They also don't have Broca's and Wernicke's
> areas so clear-cut. These brains are similar, but on their main
> functions not strictly comparable.
> 
> *SG*

OK, so "exactly" was an exaggeration - but the OP claimed that the basic 
functions were different, w/ IMO is nonsense. The differences adduced 
(eg, language) are not "basic functions" -- they arise from differences 
in relative size and complexity of different parts of the brain in 
different species. Of course, such differences matter - but they don't 
change the basic functions of the brain, they build on and elaborate these.

There now, is that clearer?

Nobody seems to have caught the reference to surface differences between 
  human and dog brains.



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