Register for an account

X

Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.

X

Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

The Sciences

How the minds work

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanAugust 3, 2007 1:12 AM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

So I go in and get the exact same coffee at a particular coffee shop usually. Today I wanted a juice. So I ask for the juice, and the barista gets me some coffee (the usually mild brew) and then charges me for the juice. After a few moments, he realizes that he hasn't gotten me the juice, he got me the coffee. The coffee machine is to his right, the juice to his left. He heard me ask for the juice, and it was internalized so he knew what to press to charge me after he made the coffee. Now, I was going to ask why he was making me coffee, but there were other people waiting for stuff and the person making the sandwiches, etc., looked overwhelmed. So I had thought that he was getting coffee for someone else before snagging my juice out of the cooler.

    2 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In