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Kalaong writes:
Motie Biology
The term for that is 'Idiot Savant'.
[108] Posted on Monday, 12 February 2007 at 18:51 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]


Tal Cohen writes in reply to Kalaong:
Motie Biology
I assume you refer to the ''watchmakers'' as idiot savants. But to be able to improve on technical concepts (at the level in which they did so in the story!) there should be, I believe, a minimal brain size... These creatures are supposedly rat-sized; the intelligent counterparts have (again, supposedly) human-sized heads, and ergo human-sized brains. Since they are ''related'', I doubt the watchmaker brains are biologically different.
[109] Posted on Thursday, 15 February 2007 at 8:45 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]


Thomas Gentry writes in reply to Tal Cohen:
Motie Biology
So, I know I'm late to the discussion but, Watchmakers are described as being(Paraphrase) one-third the height of the Engineer. That makes the Watchmakers just over a foot tall given that the Engineer was described as being just over a meter tall.
[353] Posted on Sunday, 16 November 2008 at 9:03 GMT [Reply to this] [Permalink]

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