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The amygdala computes the affective significance of the stimulus before the more precise information about what the stimulus is gets received from the auditory cortex. Significantly, for a rat it takes about 12 milliseconds (12 one-thousandths of a second) for an acoustic stimulus to reach the amygdala through the direct pathway from the thalamus, whereas it takes almost twice as long for the cortical route. The thalamo-amygdala and cortico-amygdala routes converge in the lateral nucleus of the amygdala.

Malcolm 1977, 49. 28. This remark, of course, requires some gloss to avoid taking it as implying that the dog is capable of propositional thought. What we must mean, then, when we say the dog thinks the cat is up the tree—and we say such things all the time—is something like the dog has been impressed with images of the cat’s going up the tree and these images are guiding his behavior. Malcolm’s response to the issue is to distinguish between saying the dog thinks such-and-such and saying the dog has the thought that such-and-such.

The girls weep. They sob. Their bodies slump. Their faces loose all composure and become blubbery and slack. If one were presented with pictures of these girls’ faces and did not know the context in which the pictures were taken, one would say they were the faces of great sorrow, anguish, or grief. Yet the girls are experiencing none of these emotions. The object of their emotions is the Beatles, and nothing about the Beatles on this occasion would make sorrow, anguish, or grief an intelligible response.

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