Re: ality

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    > At 11:50 PM 17/02/02 -0800, "Dace" <> wrote:
    > >Memory is when something is *mentally* present without being materially
    > >present.
    > I have stayed out of this thread but this is just *silly.* The method by
    > which sea slugs form memory is well understood. This has been elaborated
    > by William Calvin and many others to the point we have a fairly good idea
    > of how memory is created and accessed.

    What Calvin has demonstrated (taking your word for it) is not how memories
    are created or accessed but simply what the brain is doing when memories are
    created or accessed. Your assertion is correct only if memory turns out to
    be a feature of the brain. But we don't know that. It's only assumed. To
    prove it we would have to find memories in the brain just as we find data in
    computer banks. I know it's a tall order, but sometimes life isn't fair.
    Science ain't religion. It's not easy. You don't just "know." You have to
    prove it. Neuroscientists have no idea what a memory looks like and
    wouldn't know they'd found it if they were staring it in the face. No one
    is suggesting a hypothesis of what memories look like which could then be
    tested. So there's no theory of memory, just a culturally ingrained
    assumption. Perhaps the assumption will turn out to be correct. In the
    meantime, we're free to speculate as to alternative answers in case the
    belief turns out to be flase. Science makes its greatest strides when years
    of ideological gridlock give way suddenly to surprising new approaches.

    > Not one of the researchers in this
    > area have ever proposed a non-physical basis for memory any more than
    > they would propose a non-physical basis for magnetic storage.

    Neuroscience is the cult of the brain.


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