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[Neuroscience] Re: A Purely-Electronic Brain -- Possible?

r norman via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by r_s_norman from _comcast.net)
Sat Apr 21 07:10:24 EST 2007

On Sat, 21 Apr 2007 02:35:01 +0200, Josip Almasi <joe from vrspace.org>

>r norman wrote:
>> I will simply comment that neurophysiology, which looks specifically
>> at cellular mechanisms, and neurobiology in general, which looks
>> specifically at experimentally accessible mechanisms with actual
>> evidence to support them, is a rather different world from that of
>> artificial intelligence or behavioral psychology (I except
>> physiological psychologists, many of whom are indistinguishable  from
>> neurophysiologists) or speculations of  physicists or ... or ... ....
>Ah so what you can't measure, doesn't exist?:)
>Well pardon me for spoiling your precious newsgroup with speculations;)

Science generally accepts that notion that a theory that does not
produce measurable and testable predictions is not worth pursuing.
Then again, as I have tried to point out, there is a difference
between the strategies adopted by people in different disciplines.
You are the one promoting such speculations in a science newsgroup.
They might be far more acceptable in neural net or artificial
intelligence circles.  I have no objection to arguing and discussing
this type of notion in the proper venue and, in the context of those
groups, such discussions could be very valuable.  Perhaps someday a
result could be developed that could then be imported over to an
experimental science group for testing and possible validation.

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