08 April 2011

Are Brains Necessary?

Michael Steinberg discusses the question and opens evocatively with:
You can't swing a cat these days without hitting yet another book about the brain. The way we hear it, everything about the mind and the way we live and act and feel—all of this goes on in the brain, and now that we've got all these nifty brain scanning machines we're well on our way to understanding the real nature of life.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting that article. I especially appreciate his discussion about the lowly amoeba. I wonder how much of the media coverage of boring "animal intelligence" is anthropomorphizing drivel. The brains of other animals has been seriously underestimated (avian neuroscience is in the process of a complete overhaul) and the horseshoe crab does not even need its brain in order to see.

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  2. and the horseshoe crab does not even need its brain in order to see.

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  3. Thanks for posting that article. I especially appreciate his discussion about the lowly amoeba.

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  4. and the horseshoe crab does not even need its brain in order to see

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  5. I wonder how much of the media coverage of boring

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  6. (avian neuroscience is in the process of a complete overhaul

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