What the Neocortex Does

Harry Erwin herwin at gmu.edu
Tue Aug 22 10:35:56 EST 2000

Ray Scanlon <rscanlon at wsg.net> wrote:

> "Bill Skaggs" <skaggs at bns.pitt.edu> wrote in message
> news:m7wvhc3ssx.fsf at skaggs.bns.pitt.edu...
> > "Ray Scanlon" <rscanlon at wsg.net> writes:
> >
> > > This paragraph leaves me confused. Neuroscientists and cognitive
> scientists
> > > should not appear in the same sentence anymore than paleontologists and
> > > creation scientists should. The neuroscientist studies the nervous
> system,
> > > the cognitive scientist studies the soul (mind). The only
> neuroscientists
> > > who consider the soul (mind) are a quirky few who look for the NCC (the
> > > neural correlate of consciousness.
> >
> > As a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (a joint
> > program of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon
> > University, comprising 115 faculty, staff, and graduate students), I
> > find these statements somewhat puzzling.  I would say that your
> > "quirky few" amount to a couple thousand at least.
> There are those who attempt to discover the neural activities that we (as
> souls (minds)) coincidentally experience as thinking and emotion. Then there
> are those who say, "I am a soul (mind) and I think, I feel. I will look for
> such neural activities as may accompany my actions (as soul (mind)). I
> wonder if the members of your Center may be divided in that manner? Possibly
> you do not find the distinction meaningful.
> --
> ray
> Those interested in the brain might look at
> www.wsg.net/~rscanlon/brain.htm

I doubt if Karl Pribram would agree with you. He's a neuroscientist and
one of the founders of cognitive science.

Harry Erwin, PhD, <mailto:herwin at gmu.edu>,Computational Neuroscientist 
(modeling bat behavior), Senior SW Analyst and Security Engineer, and 
Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, GMU. Looking--CV available at: 

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