why study neurology?

Mathew Guilfoyle GuilfoyleMR at cardiff.ac.uk
Tue Jan 8 06:13:20 EST 2002

I am also studying medicine, and I would like to specialise in
neurology with a significant amount of my time spent doing research if
at all possible.  Humans have always regarded themselves as having a
special spirit, a soul or whatever.  Early studies of the heart showed
it isnt there, molecular biology has shown that cells have no 'life
force' just complex dynamics of proteins etc., gradually the 'soul'
has been pushed further and further into the corner, and it now
resides in the brain for those who believe in it.  I would like to to
make some contribution to showing that we do not have a soul.  We
ourselves are nothing but the complex dynamics of molecules.  Far from
diminishing what it means to be human, understanding how complex and
intricate our brains are would be a great step forward

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