From: Chris Lofting (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 16 May 2006 - 16:21:50 GMT
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> On May 16, 2006, at 10:40 AM, Chris Lofting wrote:
> > Mimicry is built-in to the neurology that we share with other life
> > forms,
> > but a major difference between us and our monkey cousins is they cannot
> > detect MIME - we can where that detection reflects the development of
> > our
> > imagination from our complex neurology.
> How do we know they can't?
Dehaene, S., et al (eds) (2005)"From Monkey Brain to Human Brain" MITP
> > Thus there is a scale of development of 'mirror neurons' that
> > ultimately
> > transcend all life forms bar us.
> So, how do we do it?
Increased neural complexity - see above book or the particular paper in it:
Rizzolatti, G., & Buccino, G., (2005)"The Mirror Neuron System and its Role
in Imitation and Language" IN Dehaene et al pp213-234
> > That takes us into the IMAGINATION of meaning; we see more than is
> > there in
> > the first place.
> Imagination allows us to "fill in the gaps, and to remove the
> graininess of the image from our irises. Seems reasonable that other
> animals do it, too.
> > The set of basic behaviours such as mimicry is 'built in' to our
> > general
> > methodology of meaning derivation/communication. What makes a
> > difference is
> > the development of sense of self where that development follows on from
> > birth and is detectable through identification of the development of
> > emotions that need a sense of self to be 'meaningful'.
> Animals look like they do that, too. a bug demonstrates fear.
The BASIC emotions are what we share with other life forms rooted in
fight/flight. I refer to Plutchiks set:
The development of a sense of 'self' allows for the emergence of finer forms
of emotion DEPENDENT UPON that developed sense of self. New borns etc don't
have it. A ref:
Keenan, J.P., Wheeler, M.A., & Ewers, M., "The neural correlates of
self-awareness and self-recognition" pp166-179 IN Kircher, T., & David, A.,
(Eds) (2003) "The SELF in Neuroscience and Psychiatry" Cambridge UP.
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