Re: another brain question

Bterr (
19 Oct 1996 16:06:04 -0400

The interest in socio-biology seems to have decreased in recent years with
the rise of post-modernist theory. However, I think that my friend Lionel
Tiger and others of his ilk have a good deal to say. You might look up
some of his recent work. In short, much of human thought is probably an
emergent property of a specific level of neurological complexity and the
development of language (itself an emergent property of morphology).
However, the ability to understand and use symbols clearly exists with
non-humans, so the level of neurological organization (what ever that may
be-if it ever can be measured) needed for the emergent property to be
realized probably exists in many species.