[Wittrs] New Discussion Board Message
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- Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:03:21 -0400
It is harmless enough to talk about the cortex behaving in certain ways and doing certain things if you are referring to neurons firing etc. It is even harmless to talk about (eg) the brain (or parts of it) "understanding" certain stimuli in certain ways so long as you make it clear that this is a metaphorical use of language, or a specialised use only pertinent to a narrow field of activity. The problems arise when scientists start taking their own metaphors literally, or forgetting that their specialised use of a word doesn't have general application in the language. That's when you get (eg) Richard Dawkins announcing that we are selfish because our genes are selfish, or Crick claiming that "What you see is not what is really there; it is what your brain believes is there". Both have forgotten that they were using ordinary words ("selfish", "see") in specialised ways and then made the blunder of describing a conceptual confusion as an empirical fact. To participate in the discussion, go here: http://seanwilson.org/forum/index.php?t=rview&th=319 -------------------------- Wittrs mailing list Wittrs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://undergroundwiki.org/mailman/listinfo/wittrs_undergroundwiki.org ** Note: This message was forwarded to Wittrs by the Editorial Board, so that members might enjoy or comment upon it. This is a common practice. If the message came from another list or rss feed, the link(s) should appear above. In such a situation, the original author may not see your reply. Members of Wittrs are encouraged to visit the link(s)that are fed here.