red snow Posted March 23, 2016 Share Posted March 23, 2016 On 21/03/2016 at 5:50 PM, Sci-2 said: Great stuff Solo! I come with a much more pedantic offering - some discussion with Chomsky on universal grammar. =-=-= Clearly our brains have to be wired for language but it's not like our brains have a construct for words that are placed. I've just been watching and reading some of David Eagleman's work and his argument is that the brain is incredibly good at sorting out information that helps run it's model of the outside world. What we "see" or "experience" is just an illusion that allows us to function. There were some experiments showing how people can recieve electrical shocks in their tongue and use it for sensing direction. Another experiment showed how a person can "hear" or "read" by receiving taps along his back in certain combinations. They even have mice that can "see" infrared and respond to IR sources even though they never see it with their eyes (but via an electrical signal from a sensor attached to their head). I think we essentially use different forms of pattern recognition and then add it into our reality. Much like the fact we never read words/sentences the way we do while learning reading just becomes a thing. I'm pretty sure the "book experience" is our brain conjuring up a semi-reality that makes sense of our understanding of narrative. The weird thing with reading and watching a few of these brain based shows/books (downloading brains seems to be a popular thing in the UK at the moment) I can see Bakker got so excited about things he discusses in neuropath. The problem is that the actual science and examples are more fascinating and disturbing than his story based on them. I've just started reading Peter Watts' "Blindsight" and he also seems to be having fun with some concepts on consciousness and heaven that puts me in mind of Bakker. Watts is also canadian - I wonder if they know each other (I mean Canada isn't that big :P) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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