why study neurology?

yan king yin (dont spam) y.k.y at lycos.com
Thu Jan 10 13:10:18 EST 2002

Yea I also used to be fascinated by the mind / matter dicotomy. Now I
have realized that even life and death exist in a continuum. For example,
you have some stem cells implanted to your brain while some of your old
neurons are lesioned. You are not quite your old self, and yet you havent
died. See my point?

I guess in the future there might be two alternatives. Either people will
recieve organ transplants for all sorts of vital organs and hence be
prevented from dying; or they will have their brains put on life support
system. I think the second option seems more practical. My goal is to
achieve that.

Im not a neurologist, but Im planning to do neuro research. And of
course understanding how the brain works is the holy grail for everyone.
Not much else interests me these days...

"Mathew Guilfoyle" <GuilfoyleMR at cardiff.ac.uk>:
> 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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