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AW: Bird brains more like mammals
> At least in this structural context:
*Quite* interesting, considering that highly similar tissues are produced by
rather dissimilar parts of the brain. It's like some organism evolving
stomach-lining tissue in its duodenum while its stomach does not develop much.
See also http://www.avianbrain.org/new_terminology.html, namely:
The "Classic view" is strictly anatomical (identical colors denote identical
evolutionary origin), while the "Modern view" is strictly functional (identical
colors denote analogous functions).
The follow-up research of this study will be very interesting. But as long as
"intelligence research" in psychology does not rid itself from its basically
teleological underpinnings (someone like Arthur Jensen, who is a bigshot in the
field, still subscribes to the pre-Darwinian "invertebrates-lower
vertebrates-mammals-primates-humans" hierarchy), and starts to adopt sound
scientific principles, rather than phantasizing about a "g factor" that is more
heritable than genetics allows yet manages to increase despite no significant
change in gene pool or mutation rate, or "multiple intelligences" that are
entirely unsupported by empirical research, the effort will have little
practical consequence. On the other hand, it looks like cyberneticists will
have a field day with such studies.