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religion and the brain

David Longley David at longley.demon.co.uk
Mon Oct 25 14:12:43 EST 2004

In article <417dee59.22540682 at netnews.att.net>, Lester Zick 
<lesterDELzick at worldnet.att.net> writes
>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

Are you taking SSRIs?
David Longley

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