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If we could talk to the animals

Siegal, M; Varley, R; (2008) If we could talk to the animals. Behavioral and Brain Sciences , 31 (2) 146 - 147. 10.1017/S0140525X08003725. Green open access

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Abstract

The thesis of discontinuity between humans and nonhumans requires evidence from formal reasoning tasks that rules out solutions based on associative strategies. However, insightful problem solving can be often credited through talking to humans, but not to nonhumans. We note the paradox of assuming that reasoning is orthogonal to language and enculturation while employing the criterion of using language to compare what humans and nonhumans know.

Type: Article
Title: If we could talk to the animals
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X08003725
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X08003725
Language: English
Additional information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1339166
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