[ExI] Sarcasm

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Jun 22 05:54:44 UTC 2008

2008/6/22 hkhenson <hkhenson at rogers.com>:

>>Does evidence from deficits produced by brain lesions necessarily show
>>that there is a specific region that deals with sarcasm and that it
>>was selected for this purpose by evolution?
> http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/health/research/03sarc.html?ex=1228622400&en=03e580d3852b34b7&ei=5087&WT.mc_id=HL-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M047-OP-0608-HDR&WT.mc_ev=click&mkt=HL-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M047-OP-0608-HDR

It isn't surprising that very complex and nuanced human behaviour are
critically dependent on small regions of the brain. It's reasonable to
try to find an evolutionary explanation but it may not be the case
that the structure in question developed because those behaviours
affected when it is damaged conferred an adaptive advantage. For
example, what do you make of this:

Stathis Papaioannou

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