Re: brain sexual dimorphism

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Sun, 19 Feb 1995 17:50:33 -0500

I wish I had some profound commentary to make on Robert Thorton's
fascinating post regarding his own neurological organization, and how his
brain puts together a 'world' in whch he onviously functions really well.
I will say that the plasticity of the organ as well as its variability is
always incredible to me. With some 40,000+ genes believed to be involved
in the development of the nervous system, and considering the incredible
range of brain-development-within-culture permutations possible (back to
the information theory thread...), it seems remarkable that are any
constancies or universals at all.
I have often wondered if not all of us are "brain-damaged" in some
way, and please don't take me too seriously about "brain-damaged"... I
sort of mean it in the sense that through glitches in development and
some poor experiences (which we all experience) we all have som
"natural" deficits in dealing with ourselves and the world around us.
When I come to sexual dimorphism and the brain, I'm really very humble...
Ralph Holloway.