Re: Brain size (was Save the Whales)

Damien Broderick (
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 12:43:28 +0000

At 11:47 AM 9/25/97 -0700, a 22 year old wrote:

>I've often thought that for a given brain/body ratio flying birds and
>bats should be dumber than mammals.

<cogent analysis snipped>

Possibly not. Take a look at the peculiar and startling findings in
Theodore Xenophon Barber's, THE HUMAN NATURE OF BIRDS (1993). Dr Barber is
a celebrated research psychologist. He seems to consider that some
bird-brains are on the verge of true speech.

Damien Broderick