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Richard Norman rsnorman at mediaone.net
Sat Dec 22 08:50:03 EST 2001


On Sat, 22 Dec 2001 10:31:09 GMT, "Glen M. Sizemore"
<gmsizemore at triad.rr.com> wrote:

>"db" <no at email.com> wrote in message
>news:01HW.B849996A000D513A180E5A80 at news...
>> Are any neuroscientists here interested in philosophy of mind?
>>
>GS: Most behavioral neuroscientists are - but
>uncritically so. And that is precisely what is wrong
>with behavioral neurobiology.
>

Many neurophysiologists are -- but don't let it interfere with their
work!

I don't mean to be snide (well, OK, actually I did) but there is
something that feels objective and "real" about cells doing their
thing.  And each year it seems that cell function becomes more and
more complex.  The simple "make an action potential" of decades past
is now submerged into the wallow of "cell signaling" which brings in
just about every biochemical and molecular biological trick that cells
have.  This brain work seems so distant from mind that it tends to
produce a dualist attitude. 







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