[ExI] "Animal-monitoring modules"?

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Fri Sep 28 16:51:36 UTC 2007

On 9/28/07, hkhenson <hkhenson at rogers.com> wrote:
> At 06:07 AM 9/28/2007, Jef wrote:

> >I haven't read this item, but I would expect it's not so much an
> >"animal module" but rather an evolved sensitivity for perception of
> >intention and therefore intentional agents including animals, humans,
> >spirits, etc.
> I would bet you *long* odds that if you redid this work with the
> people under function MRI you would see that there really is a
> module, that is to say a part of the brain that specialized in this task.

Keith, of course with fMRI we would expect to see localized activity
associated with the task, but on what basis do you dispute my point
that it's more about sensitivity to intentional agents than
sensitivity to animals in particular?

- Jef

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