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Didier A. Depireux didier at rai.isr.umd.edu
Mon Apr 14 09:37:11 EST 2003

John H. <johnh at faraway.xxx> wrote:

> "r norman" <rsnorman_ at _comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:hbkh9v00qj930tp37c83lbc24828o14dq5 at 4ax.com...
>> I particularly like your observation that replications almost never
>> produce the same results.  That is the thing that drives my physicist
>> colleagues absolutely bonkers.  They really don't get why biology
>> is"so hard." They insist it is because we don't know how to do the
>> experiments properly!

You can tell them about the hidden variable models of neuronal firing. That
should remind them of quantum mechanics! Look at stuff like
www.dam.brown.edu/people/geman/ Papers/poisson_final.pdf
for references (there are many others, like Mumford, who think about 'hidden
variables' in the brain). 


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