Re: Brain development.
JOHN LANGDON (LANGDON@GANDLF.UINDY.EDU)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 11:25:20 -0500
In message Steve Nicholas writes:
> Is it possible that the 'intelligence' niche had never been filled
> evolutionally thus paving the way for a very rapid filling of that
> niche? Is that the way it goes?
This is dangerously close to the fallicy of the single species hypothesis that
regarded "culture" as an ecological niche. If intelligence is a niche, how can
you explain the coexistence of multiple species of hominids at different stages
of brain expansion? I think your "asset" description is better.
JOHN H. LANGDON email LANGDON@GANDLF.UINDY.EDU
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