The ethological analysis of imitation

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It has long been debated as to whether animals are able to imitate, and many definitions of imitation have been proposed to describe this form of social learning, but none of the theories provide an exhaustive explanation of imitation in animals. A functional approach to imitation indicates that such learning is not involved in the social transmission of tool-use skills or communicative signals. It is suggested that there is a strong genetic influence on the ability to copy the behaviour of a companion.

Author: Miklosi, Adam
Research, Animal behavior, Imitation

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Spiked

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This article discusses the decision of the Catholic group Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, CDF, to forbid the Sisters of Charity in New South Wales to conduct a trial study on the effectiveness of safe injecting rooms on preventing injury, death and further drug abuse. Topics include some Australian Catholics' disagreement with the organization's decision, the moral soundness of undertaking such a project, and the lack of due process involved in the decision.

Author: Joseph, Peter
New South Wales, Health aspects, Care and treatment, Political activity, Drug abuse treatment, Drug abuse, Needle exchange programs, Sisters of Charity, Catholic Church. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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Why the best doesn't always win

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Apple Computer may go into bankruptcy even with a quality product. Apple's downfall may have been its switch from QWERTY or the standard typewriter keyboard. People don't want to change. The demise of Sony's Betamax to Matsushita's VHS is another example of opting for the wrong standard.

Author: Passell, Peter
Psychological aspects, Economic aspects, Standardization, Product development, Industrial design

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