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  • From: Nikkibar AT
  • To: percy-l AT
  • Subject: Re: [percy-l] Chimps, Yorkies, words and autism.
  • Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 17:10:22 EDT

Dear Rhonda,
At the time of our conversations about animal communication we were not focused on CSP and his triadic/dyadic distinctions. Just words. Nor did we ever discuss animals' abilities to understand words (you should see what my Yorkie does at the mention of steak!) as opposed to their abilities to communicate back ( surely his response is of a positive nature at that mention of steak). My impression is that WP would be negative on both issues -- or would have been then. It would be interesting to hear his response to Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation and Thinking in Pictures, neither of which had been published in his lifetime. For that matter, it would be interesting to hear his reflection on CSP's views and the problems of deep autism generally...

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