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religion and the brain

Lester Zick lesterDELzick at worldnet.att.net
Mon Oct 25 13:28:28 EST 2004

On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 18:11:48 +0100, David Longley
<David at longley.demon.co.uk> in comp.ai.philosophy wrote:

>In article <417dd0c6.20396445 at netnews.att.net>, Lester Zick 
><lesterDELzick at worldnet.att.net> writes
>>On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 11:56:47 -0400, Wolf Kirchmeir
>><wwolfkir at sympatico.ca> in comp.ai.philosophy wrote:
>>>Richard F Hall wrote:
>>>> On 11 Oct 2004 13:14:48 -0700, rscanlon at nycap.rr.com (ray scanlon)
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>There is a continual attempt by the religionists to show that the
>>>>>brain is other than the expression of the DNA. The DNA constructs a
>>>>>precisely connected brain and sets the rules for synaptic growth and
>>>>>strengthening. These rules provide the structure with which the brain
>>>>>alters itself to adjust to the exterior world.
>>>> It's true, the dog's brain is a different basic design than a human
>>>> brain and each of these designs carry out different functions. [....]
>>>The main functions of a dog's brain and a human's brain are exactly the
>>>same: to control the animal's movements, to seek food and sex, to react
>>>to and control fellow members of the pack, etc.
>>>Humans have a few bits that are more complex than the corresponding bits
>>>in a dog, but the converse is true also. There's is no basic difference.
>>>The differences are all on the surface - literally, for once.
>>Well, let's just say that the brains of some humans are the same as
>>dogs in functional terms, shall we Wolf?
>>Regards - Lester
>Human brains are also remarkably like rat brains which is one of the 
>reasons why most neuroscience research is done on rats. Because rats and 
>dogs are macrosmatic most visual neuroscience is done on frogs, cats or 
>small primates. The key point to appreciate is that there are remarkable 
>homologies between all higher animals when it comes to central nervous 
>system anatomy and function and this is true not just of the mammals. 
>The environment has shaped these homologies and differences just as it 
>continues to shape behaviour. One has to look to homologies in 
>anatomical structure and environmental pressures to understand 
>brain-behaviour relations.

So, we should look to homologies in brain structure between you and
rats to explain your behavior, David? If you say so.

Regards - Lester

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