Re: Durkheim redux

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Sun 10 Apr 2005 - 18:36:01 GMT

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    --- Bill Spight <> wrote:

    > Dear Scott,
    > > Someone could argue that given our limited
    > cognitive
    > > resources ideas could compete for space *within*
    > our
    > > noggins.
    > Well, I don't know if we want to talk about *ideas*
    > as the competitive
    > entities, but there is certainly competition within
    > the brain. The most
    > dramatic example is the massive loss of neurons
    > during development.
    > Calvin, in "The Cerebral Code", hypothesizes
    > competition between
    > "ensemble patterns" (as I expect you are aware).
    > (BTW, Aunger seems to have derived his idea of the
    > "electric meme" from
    > Calvin. "The Cerebral Code" is in his bibliography,
    > but he does not cite
    > it. Calvin makes sense to me, Aunger doesn't.)
    Doesn't Donald Hebb fit into the picture here somewhere? My synapses haven't fired on the concepts of the cell assembly or Hebbian synapse for many moons, but it seems there might be some overlap.

    Note to "self": must re-read _The Organization of Behavior_ sometime.

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