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  • As large-brained hominids with a developed cortex, we have a Theory of Mind — the capacity to be aware of such mental states as desires and intentions in both ourselves and others.

    Why Belief in God Is Innate

  • In the 1980s, even those mavericks who hoped interspecies communication was possible felt it might work only with fellow primates, or at least large-brained mammals like dolphins.


  • As large-brained hominids with a developed cortex and a theory of mind—the capacity to be aware of such mental states as desires and intentions in both ourselves and others—we infer agency behind the patterns we observe in a practice I call “agent­icity”: the tendency to believe that the world is controlled by invisible intentional agents.

    Scientific American - Why People Believe Invisible Agents Control the World

  • However, I would note that large-brained apes are more intelligent than small-brained apes. stunny: Rather than conclude that physical observation is too limiting to be a defining criterion of rational inquiry, like a sane person would, you become so ridiculously slavish to that criterion that it forces you to pretend some uncertainty about whether scientists, logicians, and mathematicians have rational minds.

    Bits and Pieces of an RNA World

  • So Reiss turned her attention to another large-brained and apparently empathetic species – the Asian elephant.

    Elephants Recognize Themselves in a Mirror | Impact Lab

  • Dr. Pepperberg, pictured at left with Alex, chronicled the bird genius' exploits in 1999's The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots, in which she recounts her attempts to discover whether large-brained, highly social parrots such as Alex were capable of mastering complex cognitive concepts and the rudiments of referential speech.

    Harvard University Press Publicity Blog :

  • This planet's large-brained and often dumb denizens have manufactured, experienced and exploited the dark force for a long, long time.


  • But the picture was still complicated by the specter of the Piltdown "fossil," an allegedly ancient, large-brained hominid whose fraudulence was proved only in 1953.

    Rethinking Human Evolution

  • “I think 1470 can now be said to be not a freak but a real entity, a relatively large-brained form of Homo that lived in eastern Africa somewhere between two and three million years ago,” Richard later told a press conference.

    Ancestral Passions

  • Here at last was absolute proof of what he had long argued: that a large-brained Homo had walked the African savanna more than two million years ago.

    Ancestral Passions


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