Re: A Confusing Example

From: Francesca S. Alcorn (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2002 - 04:44:03 GMT

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    > That
    >different regions of the brain are associated with different aspects of
    >mental functioning doesn't mean the brain is somehow generating or directing
    >or storing any of this mental existence. The brain knows nothing of what it

    The model which I read (a few years ago now, so maybe it has changed)
    suggests that learning results in increased sensitivity at the
    synapses, and increased connections among neurons. Thus learning and
    experience *directly* change the structure of the brain. Both
    Ramachandran in his article about mirror neurons, and John McCrone's
    discussion of feral children suggest that it is the accumulated
    residue of human cultural experience, learned (or the connections
    created via the learning) which creates a brain capable of memetic
    action; not just physiology/evolution.

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