Neuro-anthropology?

Arthur T. Murray uj797 at freenet.Victoria.BC.CA
Thu Nov 6 22:10:15 EST 1997


Wrote edh at wilde.oit.umass.edu (Ted) on Thu Oct 30 18:37:44 1997:

> I'm thinking of entering the field of neuroscience with a
> slight twist...  I'd like to explore ways in which physiological
> psychology might be able to shed light on social phenomena (hence,
> my posting to sci.anthropology rather than bionet.neuroscience).
> Has this sort of approach been tried, and, if so, can anyone provide
> some good references?

If we take physiological psychology to mean brain-mind structure
and if we examine social phenomena as they are threatening to be
in the imminent future, then you and other entrants to the field
may elect to study how the artificial minds that are evolving at
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ will radically alter anthropology:

  Hearing    Vision    Concepts Volition Emotion   Motor Output
 /iiiiiii\  /!i!i!i!\                             /YYYYYYYYYYYY\
| ||||||| || ||||||| |   T                       | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || | ___ | |   +                       | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  /   \  |   +                       | |S|||||||||| |
| ||||||| || <image>-|-->+_                      | |H|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  \___/  |  /  \                     | |A|||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||         | <idea>               __   | |K|||||||||| |
| | ||||| ||         |  \__/-------------->/  \  | |E|||R|||||| |
| |d<-----||---------|---+        ____    <fear>-|->*|||U|||||| |
| ||||o|| ||         |   +------>/    \<---\__/  | |||||N|||P|| |
| ||g|||| ||         |   +      / de-  \---------|----->*|||E|| |
| || |||| ||         |   +     <  ci-   >        | |||||||||T|| |
| ||||||| ||         |   +      \ sion /---------|--------->*|| |
| ||||||| ||         |   +       \____/          | |||||||||||| |



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