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Monday, April 15, 2013

Two Good Points

Neither of these are large enough to be full blog posts but put together they are both interesting.

Back in Neuropsychology, Heather, we talked about something called the homunculus , little man, which is the neurological map of the body located in the brain (Baars 2010 pg144). When a part of the body is lost that part still has the neurons in the brain that felt and ran it and they still can fire.  In fact Dr. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran speculated that the phantom limbs were part perception and part the surrounding nerves invading those no longer used areas of the brain. This comes from his book ‘Phantoms in the Brain’

Baars, Bernard J. Gage, Nicole M. (2010) Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness ‘Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience’. 2nd ed  Oxford: Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-375070-9
At some point, Randi, I came to the conclusion that any good theory has an explanation, at least seventy percent of the way, in other good theories. After all, we do not throw away the ideas of Newton to usher in the ideas of Einstein.

Still, by understanding that one theory holds echoes of the other we need understand that as in the world of physics they search for a unified idea so do we in the searching of an understanding of the mind. In that search we cannot become believers more than we are questioners looking for the truth. Even when in our heart the truth is had we need question it to be sure.