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religion and the brain

Stargazer fuckoff at spammers.com
Mon Oct 25 16:31:04 EST 2004


Lester Zick wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 16:23:35 -0300, "Stargazer" <fuckoff at spammers.com>
> in comp.ai.philosophy wrote:
>
> > Wolf Kirchmeir wrote:
> > > 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?
> >
> > Yes, it's clearer now, thank you.
> > Too bad it's still wrong.
>
> Burn!!!
>
> >                                       Differences between the
> > brains of humans and most other mammals are small, indeed, but they
> > are important.
> > For instance, there's a bundle of axons (known as arcuate
> > fasciculus) connecting Wernicke's area to Broca's area which is
> > essential to
> > the development of linguistic competence in humans. No other mammal
> > (other than close primates) have such peculiar organization. This,
> > of course, not to mention the frontal lobe.
> >
> > *SG*
>
> A practical (I hope) question. Are humans the only animals with
> bicameral brains or are there others?

Well, non abnormal monkeys also have two balls so I
guess they may have "bicameral brains"...

*SG*





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