from month 01/2009

Individual recognition in horses, monkeys and humans

In the last issue of PNAS (January 20, 2009; 106 (3)), there is an article on "Cross-modal individual recognition in domestic horses (Equus caballus)" by Leanne Proops, Karen McComb and David Reby. Here is the abstract: "Individual recognition is considered a complex process ...

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Why does sneezing elicit blessing?

I have long been puzzled by the title question, and have never come across a satisfactory answer. So, let me share the puzzle and raise a few more specific questions:       A) Ethnographic questions : Examples of different blessing elicited by sneezing (e.g., among the ...

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Descartes’ skull

(This post was writtten last week - see post-scriptum) In these times of financial and social crisis, the French government is at work. On January the 12th, an interministerial commission will be gathered in Matignon by French Prime Minister François Fillon, and presided by his assistant ...

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Workshop on Pragmatic Development

Workshop on Pragmatic Development, 22, April 2009, Lyon, France. Call for Posters. Deadline: 13, February   How children come to understand and produce gestures and speech in context-specific ways is an issue addressed from different perspectives in a number of fields. The aim of the ...

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Are humans intuitive dualists? Mitch Hodge replies.

Last October, a post by Paulo Sousa based upon a paper by Mitch Hodge generated much discussion on this blog. Mitch Hodge has kindly replied to the critics. I made it an independent post to avoid the comments thread to Paulo's post becoming too bulky _ Olivier. I want to begin by apologizing ...

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