Interspecies Cooperative Hunting

In PLoS Biology, Bshary et al report on cooperative hunting between the grouper fish, Plectropomus pessuliferus, and the giant moray eel, Gymnothorax javanicus, which they examined during field observations in the coral reefs of the Red Sea. They also show that this behaviour is initiated by a visual signal produced by the grouper. This is, therefore, the first known example of communicative, cooperative hunting between two different species. [Via The Neurophilosopher’s weblog. Read the whole entry.]

Medieval Philosophy of Mind

Readers of this blog might find some other papers by King more interesting, though. He’s written pretty extensively on medieval philosophy of mind and language. Since we’ve already mentioned Anselm, you can start with his paper “Anselm’s Philosophy of Language.” After that, you should check out “Between Logic and Psychology: Jean Buridan on Mental Language,” Duns Scotus On Mental Content,” “Rethinking Representation in the Middle Ages,” “Scholastisism and the Philosophy of Mind: The Failure of Aristotelian Psychology,” and finally, Why Isn’t The Mind Body Problem Medieval?.” [Lifted from Mixing Memory.]

Virtual Reality and Memory

According to a study by Anne Schlosser, a professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Marketing and International Business, virtual reality not only enhances the recall of recently learnt materials, it also creates virtual memories. [Read more at The Neurophilosopher’s weblog.]