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  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Gordon Worley

Maybe the exhibit's creators were big fans of Terrance Deacon's The Symbolic Species, and considered his wonderful monograph authoritative.
BLOGGER: Maybe so and I agree that it's a great book, but if they were relying entirely on Deacon they should have said so or at least indicated that not all agree.


A statement like that has the luxury of not really saying anything. Symbolic consciousness? What's that? Or perhaps more importantly, what is non-symbolic consciousness? We know that other animals can understand symbols. This is well-established. So is it the consciousness part?

I like the photo of the bees there, though. Apes aren't the only animals we need to study more when it comes to communication....

Moby Wrap

Infants of this age are on the cusp of learning to speak, although, who knows?, perhaps they are already imbued with a “symbolic consciousness.”

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