Re: Paper on chimp culture

Chris Lees (
Sat, 19 Jun 1999 22:39:45 +0100

Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 22:39:45 +0100
From: Chris Lees <>
Subject: Re: Paper on chimp culture

> But that is what we claim in some way: we say that animals have general mental
> capacities shared with us. Some mental grammar exists in animals. Different brain
> modules in an animal brain must be 'talking' to each other before a decision is
> made. But self-talk somehow becomes only truly possible when you have symbols.(I
> have to be careful, since I recall some people some time ago on this list
> reporting that they were thinking in images and had to translate that to words.
> This thinking in images might be what animals do, while we have made this much
> more efficient because we could develop words. Could those people comment again,
> I'd like to know more about this interesting phenomenon).

Hi Mario,

There's a bit about visual thinkers (I'm one) here :


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