What the Neocortex Does

Gary Forbis GaryForbis at email.msn.com
Sat Aug 12 22:28:17 EST 2000

"Ray Scanlon" <rscanlon at wsg.net> wrote in message news:3995fb54.0 at ns2.wsg.net...
> "Gary Forbis" <GaryForbis at email.msn.com> wrote in message
> news:O8Zd#5zAAHA.327 at cpmsnbbsa09...
> > "Ray Scanlon" <rscanlon at wsg.net> wrote in message
> news:39930875.0 at ns2.wsg.net...
> > > Possibly you are thinking of the soul (mind). That is the subject of an
> > > entirely different tale told by the religionists. The brain belongs to
> > > science; the soul (mind) to religion. Let us stick to the brain.
> >
> > Nope.  I'm thinking of the brain.
> >
> > An analogy.
> >
> > An automated door may open when a person is near but a person needn't
> > enter every time the door is opened.
> Oh, come now. That is a story to point up the difference between
> "sufficient" and "necessary". Another is: If it is raining, it is necessary
> that the pavement be wet, but if the pavement is wet, that is not sufficient
> for it to be raining.
> Can you speak of the brain without speaking of neurons? I say a scientist
> may not.  But a religionist may because his real interest lies in the soul
> (mind).

Decision making lies in this realm.  Best not speak of it least ye call the devil.
I assumed you wanted to test the boarders.  My mistake.

> A religionist contemplates his soul (mind) and all sorts of wondrous
> things are found. He speaks of memories of sunsets and the ecstasy of love.
> The scientist looks at a cat's brain and finds only neurons. The religionist
> says that is because the cat cannot think, does not have language, does not
> have a soul. The scientist says he is not interested in the soul during the
> workweek, he looks at the brain.
> --
> ray
> Those interested in the brain might look at
> www.wsg.net/~rscanlon/brain.htm

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