There is a coherence beyond neural linkage. Something that persists beyond brain damage. That knows an ‘I’ without defining ‘I’. It is the bit which is left when chat stops in meditation. That is the true self.
Another example, the old legends of humans talking with animals was seen as absolutely nonsense.
More and more, brain size seems less likely to play a role in brain power. Even things like sea slugs seem able to perform cognitive functions that would seem impossible, even microscopic worms, and some of these organisms don’t even have brain structures.
They are discovering many amazing things about how human brains function. One of perhaps the most amazing being the formation of human language, its structure and how it impacts human cognition. It seems most likely that just as some of the oldest legends say, humans learned to speak from animals. It looks more and more as if what allows human language, or what allowed it originally, was a really sophisticated capacity for sound imitation. Sasquatch hunters even report that in their close encounters. Perhaps they haven’t caught a Sasquatch because they are smarter than we are?
Birds have the most advanced vocal chords. They have two voice boxes that can make different notes at the same time. There are some birds that imitate the sound of chainsaws in the forest. They also imitate camera sounds. Humans have displayed the capacity for dual vocalization. Though like many of our capacities, like the proven capacity for echolocation, another sub-aquatic trait?
Like dolphins. It seems to be almost vestigial from lack of practice, but yes, there is even a universal human word. It wasn’t spread through cultural contact. It occurred everywhere and means the same thing in all cases. Can you guess the word?
Shh? Nope. They use different signals to quiet people cultural. The word is ‘huh’, as in, huh? It means non comprehension in all cases, and all cultures use it.
I heard ‘shh’ is used all around the world to calm babies because it mimics the sound of blood flowing in the womb. Ah, some sort of whispery sound likely is used.
As well as psst to get someones attention. Most likely because of snakes.
But yes, it’s looking very likely that human language is pirated from animals, and animals have sophisticated language as we break down both human and animal language and are able to concretely connect it to brain function.
Pirated from OTHER animals? Yes. Human language is a cheep knock off of bird song. That’s where we get the lexical patterns combined with the expressive range of other mammals. Many people would deny it, but you do growl. They can even analyze your voice for that sub-vocal growl. They can discern what mood you are in from that.
All languages, if organized by word usage, makes a 45 degree line on a graph. This has been tested on animals like dolphins. Random noises don’t make a consistent line. That’s a principle of information theory. It’s also why they can tell from our vocal tone, even develop a receptive vocabulary of human words.
Yes. That’s why we can tell from a dog’s whine how they are feeling. Their social intelligence? It’s been proven to be superior to humans. They read humans much better than other humans do. Also of interest, as much as Darwinian acolytes love their violent model, domestic dogs that have gone feral do not follow an alpha. Do you know how they pick a leader?
Ah, very much like humans as well, the most popular. No. Humans are more foolish in that way. They do respond to the most popular. Dogs respond to the best diplomat. See the difference? It might be why kept dogs can seem to become so very disturbed, in mild cases neurotic but seemingly even potentially psychotic, though canines almost never display this in the wild.
Though in human groups, the most friendly can become the most popular, but if someone challenges him/her and they don’t respond, they can lose their place in the hierarchy. Yes. I tend to sabotage myself in that way.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.