the liver and the brain

Traveler traveler at nospam.com
Thu Sep 2 13:13:15 EST 2004

In article <zv63kZKYr1NBFwjh at longley.demon.co.uk>, David Longley
<David at longley.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>I'll say it again - you are neglecting what research in neuroscience is 
>and always has been dependent upon - the careful management and 
>measurement of *behaviour*.

If, by behavior, you mean the observable external behavior of the
organism whose nervous system is being examined, I have to disagree. A
lot of research in neuroscience is not at all dependent on external
behavior. Heck, a lot of it is conducted in vitro. But if you mean the
internal behavior (input/output, action potentials) of single neurons
or even cell assemblies, I agree that neuroscience is dependent on
behavior in this general sense of the term. But then again, very few
fields of science are exempt from this general rule.

Louis Savain

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