[2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

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[2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby ReasonablyDoubtful » Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:15 am

Of course it's not true. People are getting smarter.
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby Siquo » Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:22 pm

That red button text... Did he just lie about liking big butts?
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby dangerkeith300 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:09 pm

Siquo wrote:That red button text... Did he just lie about liking big butts?


I can't speak for Zach, but I like big butts and I cannot lie.
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby Takos » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:08 pm

Wait, this makes no sense.

If this were the case, Africa and Latin America would be the cradles of science and civilization, the most advanced and richest societies on Earth! Their huge neocortices would be the envy of all, while East Asia would be a primitive backwater, whose satisfaction with small asses cost them their chance at true intelligence.
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby Siquo » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:31 pm

Takos wrote:Wait, this makes no sense.


Intelligence does not make a civilisation (as much as we intellectual elitists would like to think it does).
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby ReasonablyDoubtful » Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:37 am

Siquo wrote:
Takos wrote:Wait, this makes no sense.


Intelligence does not make a civilisation (as much as we intellectual elitists would like to think it does).


This is also true. Humans are intelligent, social, and have absurd dexterity. All of these are required.
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby axsvl77 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:39 pm

Takos wrote:
If this were the case, Africa and Latin America would be the cradles of science and civilization, the most advanced and richest societies on Earth! Their huge neocortices would be the envy of all, while East Asia would be a primitive backwater, whose satisfaction with small asses cost them their chance at true intelligence.


Um, wait, is Egypt not in Africa?
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby DonRetrasado » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:44 pm

ReasonablyDoubtful wrote:
Siquo wrote:
Takos wrote:Wait, this makes no sense.


Intelligence does not make a civilisation (as much as we intellectual elitists would like to think it does).


This is also true. Humans are intelligent, social, and have absurd dexterity. All of these are required.

Crows have all three of these things! What about language?
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby Liriodendron_fagotti » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:00 pm

DonRetrasado wrote:Crows have all three of these things! What about language?

Caw!
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby DonRetrasado » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:02 pm

oh crap this is so embarrassing. Caw caw caw?
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby ReasonablyDoubtful » Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:30 am

DonRetrasado wrote:
ReasonablyDoubtful wrote:
Siquo wrote:Intelligence does not make a civilisation (as much as we intellectual elitists would like to think it does).


This is also true. Humans are intelligent, social, and have absurd dexterity. All of these are required.

Crows have all three of these things! What about language?


Crows have language. Heck, even chickens have language. Bees have a language based on dancing.

Language is a requirement of social environments.
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby DonRetrasado » Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:52 am

I was mostly joking around. But no, those animals do not have language, and language is not a requirement for social structures.
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby GUTCHUCKER » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:42 pm

For civilisation, you don't need much more than the ability to record and pass on information. Stories, writing and teaching. Am I right? That seems like the main thing.
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby ReasonablyDoubtful » Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:13 am

GUTCHUCKER wrote:For civilisation, you don't need much more than the ability to record and pass on information. Stories, writing and teaching. Am I right? That seems like the main thing.


Well, yes, but you do need a brain that can accomodate that information. We have gorillas that can speak sign language, but that doesn't help them learn differential equations, now does it?
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Re: [2014-09-08] Bigger asses for bigger brains

Postby DonRetrasado » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:00 am

Gorillas can learn how to make signs and communicate, but no, they do not speak sign language. Language is a separate faculty that is (as far as we know) unique to humans because other animals cannot make novel and creative structures.
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