Re: [bookclub-792] hominids-who-were-smarter-than-us

From: user 8.
Sent on: Monday, January 4, 2010 2:40 PM
At least according to

http://johnhawks....­

no one has heard about them in the terms the Discover piece uses for many
decades, because so many of the early assumptions about the skull
morphometry were wrong.  The authors of the book apparently repeat many of
those early mistakes and don't cite current literature much.

There are a ton of great examples of brain volume in humans not
correlating well with intelligence.  One of the most striking case is that
of a young man with unoperated hydrocephalus, not diagnosed until after
his death in a car wreck.  He'd been seemingly normal, a college student -
and had had essentially no frontal cortex.

More entertaining to throw around the office and more relevant here are
sexual dimorphism in brain volume in modern humans, as this is normal
rather than abnormal anatomy.  This goes well with campaigning to repeal
the 19th amendment in getting the airspace hereabouts filled with objects.

-Peter

> This is somewhat related to cognitive science.  I had never heard of
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