Re: Sensory and sensibility

From: Ray Recchia (
Date: Sat Jan 19 2002 - 12:12:59 GMT

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    Hello Steve,

    Parrots are capable of recognizing abstractions like color and
    quantity. See Irene Maxine Pepperberg, 'The Alex Studies' , Harvard
    University Press, 1999.

    Of course I consider that portion of birdsong acquired from other birds
    memetic. Also I believe that even in humans acquisition of some memes does
    not require any abstract thinking at all. For example, I had a friend who
    had a strange way of emphasizing certain words in her sentences that I
    found I had picked up just by hanging around with her.

    Ray Recchia

    At 08:52 AM 1/19/2002 +0000, Steve wrote:

    >Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 19:00:03 +0100
    >From: <>
    >Subject: Re: sensory and sensibility
    >>It implies that we have abstracted certain qualities about an object,
    >>and have an internal representation of such. Seems like it might be
    >>a start.
    >Wasn't platon already thinking about this? I can remember the
    >example of the horses being all different from each other but we
    >can all identify them as horses.
    >Yes, Plato did discuss this in The Republic when he was arguing about
    >representation of Ideal forms and their worldly couterparts.

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