From: Philip Jonkers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 17 Oct 2002 - 20:13:48 GMT
Interesting point Grant, once again it is demonstrated that
the plasticity of the brain is phenomenal indeed. We discussed that
program at our weekly group meeting at the uni.
I don't know if memes in brain will ever be found, I feel that they are
far to complicated and far to interleaved with other thoughts that finding
them, in the sense of fairly clear and unambiguous isolation (as with
genes), will be a formidable task to say the least. In contrast, memes in
minds are easier to find.
> As Alan Alda demonstrated on PBS tonight in a Scientific American look at
> the brain, the areas where things are processed in the brain move around
> accomodate the needs of the moment. For example, a person who volunteered
> to wear a blindfold and learn brail for a week saw the activity of using
> touch move from the prefrontal lobe of her brain to the back of the brain
> where sight is noramlly processed. The activity was watched on MRI scan.
> After she took off the blindfold, the area of brain activity returned to
> previous location for both sight and touch. So to say that processibng of
> data resides only in one particular part of the brain seems false.
> case looked at a girl who had the left half of her brain missing from
> She still learned language and all of the things that are supposed to
> reside on the right side of the brain nearly as well as a person with a
> whole brain. Her ability to control her right hand and arm were, however,
> inhibited but not uncontrolable. Her right brain took up the jobs that
> were normally the function of a fully functional left brain.
> The processing that goes on in the brain seems to be a moveable feast.
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