Re: Brain size, IQ

Len Piotrowski (
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 15:01:13 GMT

In article <> Stephen Barnard <> writes:


>Here are a couple of anecdotal "facts" that have some bearing on this
>question. Make of them what you like.

>* Anais Nin (not sure of spelling), an accomplished artist, had a very,
>very small brain.

>* There are well-documented cases of people whose cortex was very
>compromised (like maybe 95% destroyed) who appeared to be more-or-less

There is an overwhelming mass of information about "compromised" brain
tissue due to trauma that indicate a capacity of the modern human brain to
re-organize itself and recover function and behavior seemingly permanently
altered, destroyed, or damaged. Anomalies in learning research like the
relationship between type of deprivation and reinforcement and
"superstitious" behavior, suggest a rethinking of the notion of an inbred,
unalterable capacity for brain function and behavior incapable of