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Serge Patlavskiy

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Are cognitive abilities indeed dependent on the number of neurons? Is mental (not social) development indeed dependent on thermal cooking?

Are cognitive abilities indeed dependent on the number of neurons? Is mental (not social) development of humans and other organisms indeed dependent on what they eat? Let us discuss these questions in more details.

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    Dec 23 2013: so they eat nothing but clay and are healthy.Is this to imply thermal cooking reduces or increases an effect in the brain in regards to evolution? Its a cool observation..but I am not seeing what connection you are pointing to.sorry
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      Dec 23 2013: This implies that thermal cooking has, in all likelihood, nothing to do with cognitive abilities. Suzana states that to get more energy out of the same food (as I understand, to have more neurons for becoming cognitively able to make inventions as such) our forebears had to invent cooking. This is clearly a case of hen-egg dilemma: to become more cognitively able our forebears had to consume cooked food, but to be able to consume cooked food they had to be already sufficiently cognitively able. The case is that thermal cooking presumes there to be harnessing of fire, manufacturing of clay pottery, collecting the required raw ingredients, etc.

      And one remark: Darwinian hypothesis is about biological evolution of species, but not about the evolution of cognitive abilities.

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