explaining the brain

Stephen Paul King spking1 at mindspring.com
Tue Dec 8 11:58:40 EST 1998

"Gary H. Merrill" <gmerrill at mindspring.com> wrote:

	What a wastefull endeavor! Shall we debate the number of
angels that can dance on the head of a pin? 

	I highly recommend Gerald Edelmann's book Bright Air,
Brilliant Fire for an empirically backed model of Mind...

>Walter Eric Johnson wrote:
>> Ray Scanlon (rscanlon at wsg.net) wrote:
>> : We aim for a rational explanation of how the brain works.
>> Why not aim for a true explanation of how the brain works?
>Because that's too hard.  It requires a lot of investigation in terms of molecular
>biology, physiology, biochemistry, and all that other stuff that is really
>*hard*.  You know:  endless hours in the lab designing and carrying out empirical
>investigations, making testable hypotheses and then testing them.  Yuck!  Who
>needs all that?  What a waste of time, money, and effort.  It's much more fun,
>fruitful, and cost effective to just speculate in the absence of empirical
>criteria and results.
>-- Gary Merrill

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