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Thursday, April 10, 2008

"What Have You Changed Your Mind About?" pt. 7

I continue comments on Edge's "World Question" issue, which question is the same as my title. See the first part of this series, which gives some explanation, the second part, the third, the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth.

This page of the issue has short essays by several important authors. They include an amazing piece by one Stanislas Deheane, who says that another scientist has proposed that human brain function can be described by a single powerful mathematical equation, if I understand correctly. There is plenty of room for skepticism about that idea! Brian Goodwin believes that the mechanical approach to biology has serious limitations. Nicholas Carr argues that the Internet can become a means for centralized control, rather than a means of enhancing independence. Helena Cronin says that the reason males dominate the Nobel Prizes, and other such awards, is not because males are more intelligent, but because that the intelligence of males is more widely distributed than that of females. Hmmm.

Thanks for reading.


Rob Rumfelt said...

Just finished reading a great article over at Edge called "Are Human Brains Unique?" by Michael Gazzaniga. Check it out.

Have a great weekend!

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Rob. I hadn't seen the excerpt you refer to. It's here, and it's from a forthcoming book by Gazzaniga.