Brainless Myths

May 28, 2021Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

What I have just said of the network, on its structure and, above all, on the fact that all the parts of the central nervous system make up a part of it, proves the anatomical and functional continuity between nerve cells.

(Golgi 1906)

​https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/brain-myths

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John

There are some really silly myths about the brain 🤣 

Today 15:41   

Cho

I know, whenever I teach an intro class that’s what my first lecture is about 😄

Today 15:42

John

We’ve got some oldies in there, for context, like the Reticular Theory

Today 15:43

Cho

I must confess I don’t know that one … 🤨                                  

Today 15:43

John

Oh, this is from the 19th century, before we could clearly make out single neurons and synapses ..

Today 15:44   

John

people like Golgi thought it was one giant network without gaps

Today 15:44   

Cho

Wow, I did not know that …  😯                                                      

Today 15:45

John

We use some of the old misconceptions to show that people seriously believed stuff we now know is nonsense 

Today 15:44   

John

so that the readers might get that some of the things they seriously believe …

Today 15:44   

Cho

… may very well turn out to be nonsense as well. 😊                

Today 15:45

John

We do all the classics: left vs right, male vs female, the brain works like a computer, etc.

Today 15:45   

Cho

That last one is so very annoying! Lots of students think that. 😊    

Today 15:46

John

We actually don’t go into the whole “artificial neural network” thing, but just point out that the brain isn’t organized like the PC on your desk.

Today 15:47   

Cho

That’s helpful, but as long we keep talking about “intelligent” machines, the metaphor will keep working both ways.

Today 15:47

John

Maybe we could point out something like that in the article too …

Today 15:48   

Cho

I’d like to add a myth, if you don’t have it yet: mirror neurons  

Today 15:48

John

Aren’t they real? 😄

Today 15:49   

Cho

Sure, but they’ve been overhyped and people tried to use them to explain anything and everything

Today 15:49

John

I see. You’re right, I remember there were a lot of publication linking them to empathy, autism, learning any physical skill, etc.

Today 15:50   

Cho

That’s what I mean: hype. They exist and are interesting, but can’t explain everything.

Today 15:51

John

OK, good one, I’ll check with the other writers and likely add a paragraph about that. ☺️

Today 15:51   

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