In article <4gsej05e3mp2jgdii2fqsm3m2di9mil1b7 at 4ax.com>, Traveler
<traveler at nospam.com> writes
>In article <aNudsENK12NBFwUm at longley.demon.co.uk>, David Longley
><David at longley.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>>>In article <j5oej0lbapom8t1kucncb927hbn2ivs4iq at 4ax.com>, Traveler
>><traveler at nospam.com> writes
>>>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.
>>>>>>>>>>Artificial Intelligence From the Bible:
>>>http://users.adelphia.net/~lilavois/Seven/bible.html>>>>>>The Silver Bullet or How to Solve the Software Crisis:
>>>http://users.adelphia.net/~lilavois/Cosas/Reliability.htm>>>>You clearly (and arrogantly) don't understand (it isn't a matter of you
>>agreeing or not). The 'in vitro' work is just as much an application of
>>the extensional stance as the 'in vivo' behavioural work.
>>You are a shining example of folk psychology, Longley. Here is what
>>>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*.
>>Don't wriggle your way out of it, you pompous ass. How are in vitro
>experiments dependent on the measurement of behavior?
>What do you think researchers are writing about when they report what
they've done in such experiments? How do you think their reports are
related to the rest of the web of research evidence within the field
they're contributing to? My experience is that few outside these
specialist fields can really tell, because they aren't privy to the
language game - ie they don't know and can't tell what's actually
Take a routine example. Say someone stereotaxically infuses a toxin into
some region of the brain and subsequently sections the brain, examines
some of these histologically (for cannula placement) and homogenizes
selective specific areas prior to HPLC or otherwise assaying them. This
amounts to and depends upon lots of 'in vitro' work. It therefore
requires quite a lot of detailed CNS anatomical knowledge (to know where
to put the cannula) and it requires a knowledge of physiology,
neurochemistry and pharmacology (to know what anaesthetic and
neurotoxins to use) and that's before you use the dentist drill!. Then
there's the behavioural experiment (which most people don't seem to
grasp because it requires almost extra-terrestrial expertise it would
seem). Then there's more 'in vitro' work, ie the post-mortem assays
(more biochemistry) and relating the results of all that (usually
multiple samples from known areas of innervation in order to assay just
how accurate/discrete ones lesions were) to the results of the
The point which is easily/frequently missed, and which is basic to all
of good science, is that it's *the accurate reporting of one's own
behaviour throughout* (ie what researchers actually *do*, and what
others have done before that they rely upon in order to do what they do)
which is all important. This is an intricate web of reporting on
*behaviour* and it's why the methods, apparatus, results (and
references) are so critical. This is the important point that I've been
impressing upon you (and it isn't just *simple* operationism). It's all
about control over ones variables, and that comes down to precision of
measurement and management over behaviour. This is, at root, the
extensional stance, and it's why Behaviour Analysis is fundamental. In
my experience, it takes years to learn how to read papers and to
undertake research properly. That's why people do empirical/experimental
PhD research projects after all - they're basically graduate *training*
programmes in science.
To better appreciate why I'm being critical of what you have written,
you probably *would* have to read some of the material I've written
elsewhere, and you'd have to try to grasp *why* I'm saying the things
that I am, rather than just taking offence.
>> On the other
>>hand, the nonsense that you provide links to clearly is not.
>>Your opinion about my site matters to me because...?
Because I've explained why what you're doing is *fundamentally*
misguided and that you'd be wise to find out why.
>>>Try to grasp what's being said and learn from it rather than just
>>Try to write what you mean rather than just idiotically presuming that
>people should read something other than what you write.
I'm advising not presuming. That's all I can do. Believe it or not, I'm
really trying to be helpful.
>>And one more thing, Longley. Pack it up your ass. :-D
This is just one of the ways that you behave in response to criticism
which makes what you do so ineffective.
>>Artificial Intelligence From the Bible:
>http://users.adelphia.net/~lilavois/Seven/bible.html>>The Silver Bullet or How to Solve the Software Crisis: