Re: Sensory and sensibility

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 01:49:10 GMT

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    >Making sounds that sound like words and using words
    are not the same thin=
    >g. =20
    >When I beat my chest I am not communicating with
    gorillas. Birds can be=20
    >taught to repeat certain sounds to please their
    trainers, but I seriously=
    >doubt they are consciously communicating meaning with
    their sounds. They=
    >have just learned that making some sounds will cause
    people to reward the=
    >with food or attention. I don't believe they are
    really "saying" anythin=

    Pavlov has shown in the early 1900s that you can
    condition animals to associate behavior with certain
    human cues: the famous rinkle-bell-for-dinner-dog
    experiment. If you have conditioned a kennel of
    dependent dogs that way and you rinkle the bell
    at dinner time, the dogs will perk up and expect
    food by starting drewling.

    Ergo, this is a typical example of
    communication (albeit interspecific).


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