From: Mark Mills (
Date: Wed 17 May 2006 - 13:44:47 GMT

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    Hello Derek,

    >Nobody knows where instincts are encoded
    >(presumably in the brain somewhere),

    Though the term 'instincts' is a grab-bag for lumping together unknowns, the work on mirror-neurons suggest a physical site for at least one subset of the class 'instinct'.

    We also know a significant subset of those exhibiting autism, a behavioral disfunction of one's ability to mimic (among other things), also exhibit lower levels of activity in the brain areas containing mirror-neurons.


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