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>Subject:  Hylozoistic tradition in the Argentine neuroscience
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>Hello, neuronetters!
>
>in a private mail, John Anderson" <janderlu at msn.com> wrote:
>:> Hi
>:> In a message you posted to neuroscience at net.bio.net on 4 Nov 1995, 
>:> in response to a post by me, you said:
>:
>:>Regarding my previous writing (<postmaster at neubio.sld.ar> 
>:>and <postmaster at neubio.gov.ar>), where I commented:
>:>
>:>>In our own tradition we are hylozoist and so see no need 
>:>>of searching for engrams; least to use these constructs as 
>:>>Procrustean beds to provide function onto any experimental fact 
>:>>that admits to be interpreted as bolstering LTP.  
>:>
>:>John E. Anderson, Ph.D. <janderlu at msn.com>, 
>:><jander at unf6.cis.unf.edu>,  wondered on 2 Nov 1995:
>:>    
>:>> What do you mean? 
>:>
>:>By way of a clear if not succint response I should provide
>:>the following notice (that I forward into two parts because
>:>my e-mail hylozoistically resisted to send it complete :-) ):
>;
>:followed by an interesting history of the development of the hylozoistic 
>:tradition of Argentine neuroscience.  But I still don't understand what your 
>:theory of the brain is; could you provide a synopsis of it?  You might 
>:consider posting a synopsis to the neuroscience list, since I am sure there 
>:are others who would be interested to see it.
>
>I posted several mails to the list; as a result I became engaged in a num-
>ber of private exchanges. Yet the subject seems to me as if still deemed
>too unusual in the American and European faculties as to be taken as
>a point of departure for academic contributions there. Perhaps this is the
>reason why netters prefer private exchanges. Nevertheless I am ready to
>re-post these mails again if really we encounter an interest in discussing
>it (though I think that they ought to be recoverable from biosci@ as
>old mails -see FAQ-  under my signature (Administrador del Nodo)). Of
>course I am most interested in criticisms, but I cannot dismiss the commu-
>nicational work that is to be previously done to attain them.
>
>John E. Anderson, Ph.D continued:
>:Part of the problem might be that I was unfamiliar with hylozoism prior to 
>:your posts.  According to Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary 2nd 
>:edition (1978), the definition of hylozoism is "the doctrine that all matter 
>:has life, or that matter and life are inseparable."  Do you agree with that 
>:definition?
>
>No, John; it is untenable inasmuch as entirely vitalist. Perhaps someone
>should tell it to the Webster s folks. The following paragraph, taken from
>one of our local texts, might be useful:
>
>	*It might already be pointed out a little informally that the 
>spontaneous belief in absolute motion yokes to the hylozoist 
>acknowledging of subjective, e-motional feelings emanating action.
>By its absolutely starting causal series, this internal, historic, 
>endogenist source of motion denies completeness and unrestricted 
>value to behaviourist reductionisms and geometrodynamic 
>descriptions of Nature, mutually supporting in this regard.  Both do 
>exogenistically substitute the +envelopment+ for the +source+.  
>This exogenism prevails, for instance, in the cinematic concepts of 
>energy and of behaviour as conservative syntheses  -one lumped, 
>the other unlumped-  of outer excitations characterizing the total 
>responses of any changing system whatsoever.  These conceptions 
>present the actions of every inanimate or animate being as if those 
>actions would depend intrinsically of actions of every other and to be 
>displayed in said surrounding frame of external excitations it 
>unceasingly suffers.  Above quantum uncertainties, they describe 
>*every macroscopic change as a mere transformation* conserving 
>some invariable substract of ultimately homogeneous units amenable 
>to redistribution; whereas hylozoism is defined as the acknowledgement 
>of *causal intrusions into macroscopic processes*.  Pairings stay 
>inescapable: while experimental investigation of the natural selection 
>and differential production of subjective links among brain contents 
>requires the endogenistic antecedent of hylozoism,  the callousness 
>of a nature unqualifiedly indifferent to all suffering and purpose (these,  
>hence, removed as *spiritual*  -and, as long as the social purveyors 
>to the societal need of consolation cannot apprehend the cadacualtez, 
>they become bound to take them out-)  gets analytically obtained 
>out of its being exogenistically determined.  Such global philosophic 
>and civil issues thus regulate the research of these individual 
>experimental facts.  All possible macrophysical processes became, 
>therefore, historically limned as accordingly kinetized (= all macroscopic 
>diversity in nature is produced by motion, be it obtained from action at a 
>distance or by vires a tergo; and any energy of movement can be stored 
>as energy of position), referring all them to the theorem of living forces or 
>to work done by agents always mutually exterior.  In this way they cannot
>account for any eventual non-external determination of +eclosional+ events,
>both quantum and anthropomorphic. (This is the same deficiency our local
>tradition found early on in the all-transductionist, all-transmissionist 
>fetishism of the +Neuronenlehre+, extruded from the cultural syncretic myth 
>and sightless for the limits of neurocomputation.)*
>
>:Why does being a hylozoist mean that you "see no need of searching for 
>:engrams"?
>
>No; hylozoism is connected with brain Function Three (I recently posted
>some mails touching this) while such lack of need to search for engrams
>is connected with brain Function One (the reverberating interference mo-
>dels forwarded by Christfried Jakob since 1906). 
>
>:In that same 4 Nov 1995 post, you mentioned that a monograph on your theory 
>;would be available in February.  Is that still on schedule?  I would be 
>:interested in getting a copy of it, if that would be possible.  My address is
>:John E. Anderson, Ph.D.
>:9439-226 San Jose Boulevard
>:Jacksonville, FL 32257
>:USA
>
>Declassification is scheduled for late February, but one of authors died
>on December 11. Her work is done, but some administrative concerns
>are being attended belatedly.  So I hope to have it sent to you in diskette 
>(MSWord6 ?) about late March.  Meanwhile you can have a glimpse in
>UK Patent 1,582,301; I personally have no much time to engage now in
>thorough discussions since I am traveling on summer vacances (though
>I can remotely send and receive mail from my site).  But I hope to conti-
>nue in touch.
>
>                          Cheers,
>                          Mariela
>

      
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       Prof. Mariela Szirko,
       <postmaster at neubio.sld.ar> 
                            
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