[EDEQUITY] A quote

From: Monira Hossain (monirah@bou.bangla.net)
Date: Tue Nov 21 2000 - 10:46:31 EST

A quote from National Geographic Vol. 187, No. 6, June 1995:

Quiet Miracles of the Brain--

The left side of the brain of a right handed person specializes in handling
music, poetry, and mathematics.
(p6): cerebellum coordinates movement, the diencephlon facilitates
emotions and regulates body functions, brain stem maintains breathing,
heart rate and other life-support systems..
(p9) : touching something with the left hand activates a particular part of
the right cortex, touching something with the right hand stimulates a
mirror-image portion of the left cortex.

(p 18): reductionists say everything exists at a particular point on the
brain map.
Francis Crick won the 1962 Nobel Prize in medicine for deciphering the DNA
code that defines genes, he says " you, your joys and your sorrows, your
memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will
are in fact no more than the behaviors of a vast assembly of nerve cells.

The uniquely human "consciousness"- variously defined as language,
introspection, self-awareness, and abstract thinking-- eludes scientific

I personally believe in the last paragraph.

Monira Hossain
Bangladesh Open University

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