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ANTIcarrot's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by ANTIcarrot

"But Terrace concluded that that the animal was merely imitating his trainers or using the phrases to get what he wanted, rather than actually constructing sentences as a human child would."

Not to put too fine a point on it, but how is 'using phrases to get what he wants' any different from what everyone does?

And where exactly does this leave those human children who for various reasons never develop the mental capacity to construct their own sentences?

"the emergence of more aggressive “chimp-like” behaviour, attacking anyone he sees as being weak"

And again, how is this any different from a huge amount of human (especially child and teenager) behaviour?

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 12:15:02 UTC | #858597