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David Kastrup dak at mailhost.neuroinformatik.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Wed Sep 17 03:41:59 EST 1997

"ray scanlon" <rscanlon at wsg.net> writes:

> But I also have a subjective view of my brain, why should I ignore
> it? When my stomach is empty, neurons are activated that I
> experience as hunger. Why should I not use the shorthand of speaking
> of hunger for this activity? If the philosopher is upset, that is
> HIS problem. I am not explaining the brain for him.

I guess you are sort of underrepresenting emotions.  Most on them do
not work just on a few neurons, but on the whole brain (such as
hunger) via physiological factors (blood sugars, oxygen levels) and
hormonal influences (which also can have effects via physiological
paths, such as constriction of blood vessels).

While emotions can be caused by the action of certain neurons, they
take effect mostly on the whole brain (as well as the body).  That's
why they are powerful (and a major learning influence), yet way out of
being comparable to rational thought processes.

David Kastrup                                     Phone: +49-234-700-5570
Email: dak at neuroinformatik.ruhr-uni-bochum.de       Fax: +49-234-709-4209
Institut für Neuroinformatik, Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum, Germany

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