Mustafaster wrote:eric olthwaite wrote:Not related to language, but I saw a lovely quote regarding ‘higher’ cognition and uniqueness the other day, from philosopher John Gray:
‘Humankind is the only species which doesn’t learn from its mistakes’
Might have something to do with language obliquely.
The thing about declarative memory and procedural memory working simultaneously.
We tell ourselves stories constantly and that sometimes prevents us from learning from mistakes.
Animals don't tell themselves stories. If they trip over a stone they don't convince themselves it was the stone's fault.
" What a piece of work is a man."
Yeah, it’s a difficult concept to get your head around. Higher functioning animals can do tests where they go ‘if a learn to do X, Y will happen’. But only humans seem to be capable of ‘I choose to believe that X won’t lead to Y, even though X led to Y previously’. It’s quite scary, particularly at present.