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religion and the brain

Lester Zick lesterDELzick at worldnet.att.net
Mon Oct 25 13:38:46 EST 2004

On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 12:43:20 -0500, Paul Bramscher
<brams006_nospam at tc.umn.edu> in comp.ai.philosophy wrote:

>Wolf Kirchmeir 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. [....]
>> Nope.
>> 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.
>I recall reading Nagel's "What is it like to be a bat?" paper and 
>imagine that bats probably construct a map of the world from auditory 
>signals (and dogs probably do to a great extent through smell).
>So the DNA does differ and, expectedly, functionality is somewhat different.
>So it's a scoping thing.  Is the function to build a memory map of the 
>world, and contain predisposition toward particular sorts of behavior in 
>relation to it (the map) or do you want to get more specific?  Our map 
>is visual, and we place no tresspassing signs.  Most other mammals 
>urinate to mark territory.  And so there clearly are functional 
>differences at narrower scopes.

I wonder what academics do to mark their territory. Urinate on failed
proposals, perhaps?

Regards - Lester

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