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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Mariana

Very interesting, It does not surprise me this article.
First it is clear that chimps have some skills for language (can check the nim chimsky story), but at the same time they are not as evolved as human beings, therefore they should have something in between related to having no language and having a human one.
The other impairment they have is their inability to produce words as clear as humans do, given their vocal structure. But this, as they did with nim, could be easily overcome using sign language). Therefore brain structure is the key difference between our species.

Robbo

brodmanns area is not a single area of the brain, brodmann areas throughout the brain, each having a different number. The broca's area in a human is brodmann areas 44 and 45.

With regards to body language, there is evidence that broca's area is heavily involved in gestures that serve a pragmatic function. It's also involved in the pragmatic aspects of language. What im alluding to here is that certain types of body language - gestures are heavily linked to language, and what you say about them being two modalities of the same thing (do you mean idea?) sounds a lot to me like the current thinking in gesture. Check out David McNeill's 'hand and mind' for the theory.
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BLOGGER: Gestures get a decent amount of attention on this blog. Usually when people refer to "body language," they mean things like body position, hand placement, eye behavior, etc--e.g., things that reveal things about the individual's state, not messages that the individual seeks to communicate.

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