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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:52 AM

Free Republic explained at last?

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3qodE8DPv1Oe-FxDamZaUjmveqg?docId=81a6e4c0da134e52beba3ea7510bf51e

WASHINGTON (AP) Dan the baboon sits in front of a computer screen. The letters BRRU pop up. With a quick and almost dismissive tap, the monkey signals it's not a word. Correct. Next comes, ITCS. Again, not a word. Finally KITE comes up.

He pauses and hits a green oval to show it's a word. In the space of just a few seconds, Dan has demonstrated a mastery of what some experts say is a form of pre-reading and walks away rewarded with a treat of dried wheat.

Dan is part of new research that shows baboons are able to pick up the first step in reading identifying recurring patterns and determining which four-letter combinations are words and which are just gobbledygook.

The study shows that reading's early steps are far more instinctive than scientists first thought and it also indicates that non-human primates may be smarter than we give them credit for.


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Reply Free Republic explained at last? (Original post)
Fumesucker Apr 2012 OP
intaglio Apr 2012 #1
KG Apr 2012 #4
Thor_MN Apr 2012 #9
KG Apr 2012 #14
JohnnyRingo Apr 2012 #2
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #5
FSogol Apr 2012 #11
PCIntern Apr 2012 #3
jimlup Apr 2012 #6
Fumesucker Apr 2012 #7
Swagman Apr 2012 #8
malaise Apr 2012 #10
gratuitous Apr 2012 #12
Morning Dew Apr 2012 #15
DCKit Apr 2012 #13
DisgustipatedinCA Apr 2012 #16
chknltl Apr 2012 #17
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #18

Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:09 AM

1. ROFL! n/t

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Response to intaglio (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:27 AM

4. not a word.

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Response to KG (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:47 AM

9. Well done.

Here's your wheat treat

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:08 PM

14. Well done.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:43 AM

2. spricktz blorp godsen

Brkit trom Gingrich.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:33 AM

5. That sounds exactly like RimJob speaking...

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:50 AM

11. "I think we're all indebted to gabby johnson for clearly stating what needed to be said.

I'm particularly glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that ..."

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:49 AM

3. Mega-DUzy! n/t

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:36 AM

6. As an advocate for Baboon's: I for one am deeply offended

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Response to jimlup (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:23 AM

7. I meant to put it in the OP but I forgot..

The difference between Freepers and baboons?

Baboons can spell!

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:35 AM

8. do you have to insult baboons??

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:48 AM

10. Definitely the DUzy of the week

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:56 AM

12. So, does Dan the baboon recognize "screwn" as a word?

If not, he's actually a step or two above the intelligence of our average friend over at Free Republic.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:11 PM

15. "screwn" has made the leap into my everyday vocabulary.

It's just too good not to use.

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:56 AM

13. Does Dan the Baboon, by any chance, live in the basement? nt

 

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:12 PM

16. Skip the dried wheat and feed 'em Cheet-os in a basement...more conducive to their learning style

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:42 PM

17. this is no missing link

The test subject did not select misspelled words. Freepers otoh... My pet theory that freepers are from a different planet still stands.

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Response to chknltl (Reply #17)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:50 PM

18. Apparently, it's not planet Kolob

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