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Old 02-11-2010, 06:39 PM
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non materialistic neuro-science?


I belong to a writer's site and one of the threads was "What is Intellegence". I usually never venture there in the Debate Room because they're usually a bunch of egotisical psuedo-intellectuals there trying to out do each other to the point where the thread becomes ridiculous. But the topic was irrasistable, so I bring up intellegence in the context of the neurological. One fellow mentioned "non-materialistic neurologist-science". Finally, I thought. I can have a real discussion. So, I look it up and it apparently has to do with religion figuring in with neurology. I think "Whackdo". I'm not having this discussion! Apparently, it's the "new thing".
Has anyone heard of it and can explain what this is all about? It makes absolutley no sense to me. Religion is a belief. Neurology is a science. How can the two possilby connect in expaining intellegence?
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As far as I can tell, non-materialist neuroscience is a bit like "intelligent design" or creationism. It's presents as a faith-based attack on science, and its basic approach is to say that anything that neuroscience can't (yet) explain, must be have a religious/spiritual explanation.
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I found this description of non-materialistic neurologist-science

http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/Non-mat...t_neuroscience
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If you haven't read "The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything", it could shed some light on the subject. It won't help you understand non-materialist neuroscience, but it will help you understand why it exists. The book talks about the "intelligent design" movement and really reveals the agenda of the anti-science crowd and the dubious tactics employed.
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Thanks, Nak.
Originally Posted by Nakamova :
It's presents as a faith-based attack on science, and its basic approach is to say that anything that neuroscience can't (yet) explain, must be have a religious/spiritual explanation.
I'll have to look more into it. All in all I find the idea hoaky, though.
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I watched a Nova program not long ago about intelligent design. I think this thread has a potential for going intothe realm of religion,which is not allowed here. Sorry Cinnabar.
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Oh no, I don't want to go there at all. I was just looking for varied definitions. Someone in my Writing Forum brought it up. I looked into and didn't buy much of it. Especially, the religious aspect.
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I found another interesting website pertaining to non materialistic neuroscience. I've read several of Dr. Antonio Damasio's books, which, for me, are interesting reading.

http://www.neurosciencerus.org/NeuroSocietyEn.html
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Thanks, Cindy. I'm going to read the article and get back here with some feedback. It is a "very" interesting topic. Thanks so much!
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