the liver and the brain

Wolf Kirchmeir wwolfkir at
Tue Aug 31 18:44:26 EST 2004

ray scanlon wrote:

> David Longley writes:
>>Don't you think sleight-of-hand and metaphysics deserves derision?
> Well, then let's drop all the sleight-of-hand and metaphysical
> prejudices and talk about the brain.
> Since the neural net (interneurons) appeared in Cnidaria, what has
> changed? For one thing, the DNA has evolved to a point where it is
> able to construct a whole series of motor program generators, groups
> of neurons that when triggered produce a motor act. These generators
> can be modified by experience but they are not learned. We are born
> with them.
> The location in the nervous system of some of these motor program
> generators can be more or less specified.

Are you claiming that we are born able to walk?

The development of the motor cortex is actually a good deal more 
complicated than you appear to believe. Even in animals that can walk a 
few minutes after birth. So I would prefer to say that we are born ready 
to learn certain things. If that learning is impeded, we may never learn 
to do the things we are "born with."

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