Re: Study shows brain can learn without really trying

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    On Sat, Nov 24, 2001 at 06:17:32PM -0500, Wade T.Smith wrote:
    > Hi Robin Faichney -
    > >repetition of an observed behavioural pattern counts as imitation
    > Yes - "The act, practice, or art of copying the manner or expression of
    > another."
    > But, can one just repeat an observed behavioral pattern?

    Why would it have to be right first time?

    > And I repeat, that _use_ is not imitation.

    Of course it's not.
    > >People don't reinvent the wheel -- they copy it.
    > No, they _use_ it. This ain't nitpicking definitions- this is very basic.
    > Use is not imitation. There is no need for me to copy a wheel every time
    > I get on my bicycle, and, indeed, I am not _imitating_ anyone's behavior
    > when I ride it.

    So designers and manufacturers don't count in your cosmos?

    > someone riding a bicycle, I would fall down, fast and hard- which, of
    > course, I did, until I learned the skill set required to ride a bicycle.
    > Handy, yes, that I saw someone ride one before I attempted to, but, not
    > necessary- the skills of balance are inherent in the species.

    But the idea of riding a bike is not.

    "The distinction between mind and matter is in the mind, not in matter."
    Robin Faichney -- inside information --

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