the G word, reply to Pinsker

Mike Lieber (U28550@UICVM.BITNET)
Fri, 16 Dec 1994 15:32:00 CST

I agree with Eve's point that dogs cannot be used as a model of human
neurophysiology. I never said that they were, nor did I imply it. The
observational/experimental advantage of dogs is precisely that they have
wide intra-species variability, given selective breeding. For that reason,
it should be easier to examine the nature of genetic differences and trace
their neuro-organizational differences. I think that Holloway is dead on
when he says that gross comparisons like brain sizes tell us nothing. The
major differences are more likely to be found in how the nervous systems are
organized. I'm waiting for Jerome Barkow or anyone else familiar with
"learning bias" to explain it to us. I don't think this thread will go any
further, except for reproductive humor of course, in our present state of

Mike Lieber