Re: CFP: ASSC4 "The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, Integration and Dissociation"

Ross A. Finlayson (
Mon, 08 Nov 1999 21:33:22 -0500


Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> > So should we bring out calipers and reinstate phrenology? Likely not.
> > The nature vis-a-vis nurture debate is a longstanding one.
> > Good DNA is doubtless a beneficial factor when it comes to the ability to
> > learn, but at the same time, problem solving skills are a largely learned
> > skill.
> Um, OK. Now how is any of that related to anything I've said?
> I'm not being facetious here--I honestly don't know what you're
> trying to say here or why you think it's a reply to my post.
> --
> Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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I mean not to be facetious either, although it was flippant. This quote sparked reply:

>"Once a kid
> starts learning, his actions may be shaped by memetic inheritance,
> but the brain itself and how it processes thoughts and emotions are
> already formed at birth."

The brain has always fascinated me. As medicine developed over the years, common knowledge went from the heart as center of being to the brain of center of consciousness, although probably many a wise elder or shaman would have known correctly.

The brain is a physical structure (here I venture into unfamiliar territory) where sophisticated chemical and electromagnetic reactions take place to fire the mechanisms of consciousness, memory, and locomotion. The question of self-awareness or spirit is not one I can answer, although many venture to do so, with their reasons.

Here are some links about brain, they are mostly clinical. - Study links - Whole Brain Atlas - Neuroscience directory

I'm sure there are many more. I can not name many brain structures besides the cerebrum, cerebellum, medulla oblongata, and brain stem.

Ah, the brain, perhaps the most complicated result of a fertilized zygote. Here's to brain.

Anyways, I commented on a statement that we are limited or bound by our genetic makeup, which I feel is not accurate, although I do not dispute genetic predisposition.

Ross Finlayson