Re: Churchland, science, prediction, etc.

ray scupin (scupin@LINDENWOOD.EDU)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 19:21:08 -0500

message. I submit it again....

> >From the lecture "Neurology and the Soul" printed in the New York Review
> of Books, Nov 22, 1990, by Oliver Sacks.
> "The world does not have a predetermined structure; out structuring of
> the world is our own---our brains create structures in the light of our
> experiences.....footnote.....Such structuring, or construction, occurs at
> *two levels in our brains*: a lower level which is innate, universal, and
> automatic, such as the mechanism Edwin Land and Semir Zeki have described
> for constructing or computing color in our worlds; and a higher level,
> for the construction of categories which extend from the perceptual to
> the moral (though it could be said that even the sensation of color is a
> categorization, albeit one fixed by the strictest physical and
> physiological constraints, e.g., the threee naroow wave-bands of
> frequency to which the retina differentially responds. Thus *all* of us
> arrive at the same categorizations---"red" is _red_ for all of us, for
> monkeys too.)"


Ray Scupin