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RE:Stego brain (was Dinosaurs Breathed Like Birds)
It goes like this:
Behold the mighty dinosaur,
Famous in prehistoric lore,
Not only for his power and strength
But for his intellectual length.
You will observe by these remains
The creature had two sets of brains -
One in his head (the usual place),
The other at his spinal base,
Thus he could reason 'A priori'
As well as 'A posteriori.'
No problem bothered him a bit
He made both head and tail of it.
So wise was he, so wise and solemn,
Each thought filled just a spinal column.
If one brain found the pressure strong
It passed a few ideas along.
If something slipped his forward mind
'Twas rescued by the one behind.
And if in error he was caught
He had a saving afterthought.
As he thought twice before he spoke
He had no judgment to revoke.
Thus he could think without congestion
Upon both sides of every question.
Oh, gaze upon this model beast,
Defunct ten million years at least.
--Bert Leston Taylor
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> Subject: Re: Dinosaurs Breathed Like Birds
> On 16/7/05 8:34 pm, "Andrew Simpson" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > No matter how many times we were
> > told about how dumb the Stegosaurus was because of its walnut brain
> > did we every start really thinking it was a the chowder head of the
> > Jurassic?
> On the contrary, Hilaire Belloc explained to us at length
> about the vast intellect of the Stegosaurus, blessed as it
> was with _two_ brains, the one in its head and the enlarged
> ganglion near its hips. When faced with a problem, the
> Stegosaurus soon 'made both head and tail of it'. It also had
> a marvelous memory - 'if a thought should somehow slip its
> mind, 'twas soon caught by the one behind'.
> Christopher Taylor
> PS. Someone else will have to help with the full text - I
> don't have it to hand, and a Google search failed to bring
> anything to light.