Chuck Easttom skeptic at
Sat Sep 30 19:53:56 EST 1995

I appreciate your prompt response, but some of your comments left me 
somewhat baffled:

>There is no such thing as a conclusive study.  Any result has numerous
>possible explanations, though they may differ considerably in apparent
>likelihood.  You are asking for more than science can provide.
I am well aware of sciences limitations, and, strictly speaking, 
nothing can be "conclusive", but you can aquire a significant enough 
body of evidence, that the term "conclusive" is often used.  This was 
my question, how "conclusive" is our knowledge of this area?  Is this a 
heavily researched and well verified phenomena?

>   >    b) Demonstrated other versions/forms of LTP which have a
>   >    sufficient duration to account for LTM?
>Gary Lynch claims that LTP in the CA1 region of the hippocampus
>persists indefinitely, though some are skeptical.  In addition, there
>is an interesting form of plasticity in the neocortex, called
>"kindling", that appears to persist for years; but as yet there is
>little evidence to connect it with LTM.  (It has mostly been studied
>in connection with epilepsy.)  I think it is fair to say that the
>physiological basis of LTM is not yet understood.
That is exactly what our text suggests, I was hoping that perhaps more 
had been learned in this area in the last two years.
>   >    c) provided confirmation for the memory indexing view point of
>   >    hippocampal involvement in memory?
>This is a pretty indefinite question, but I'm sure the answer is that
>there is nothing that would convince you.
I don't understand the appearent hostility of this comment : "I am sure 
that there is nothing that would convince you.."  I am merely asking a 
question, and BTW I tend to favor, from my limited perspective, the 
indexing theory and was actually hoping for some additional 

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