Monday, 7 December 2009

How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves - additional quotes

pg. 22

The confidence generated by this remorseless expansion in scientific knowledge fostered the belief in its intrinsic superiority over the philosophic view, with the expectation that the universe and everything within it would ultimately be explicable in terms of its material properties alone. Science would become the 'only begetter of truth', its forms of knowledge not only more reliable but more valuable than those of the humanities. (Materialism).

pg.20

There is a powerful impression that science has been looking in the wrong place, seeking to resolve questions whose answers lie somehow outside its domain. This is not just a matter of science not yet knowing all the facts; rather that there is the sense that something of immense importance is 'missing' that might transform the bare bones of genes into the wondrous diversity of the living world, and the monotonous electrical firing of the neurons of the brain into the vast spectrum of sensations and ideas of the human mind.

pg.222

Michael Posner
The most striking feature of the neurosciences, 'unparalleled' in any other field of scientific enquiry, is how each of the phases of the progressive unravelling of the secrets of the brain has been marked by a further deepening of the perplexity of its links with the spiritual mind.

pg.224

Once again the seemingly irresoluble conundrum of the relationship of the physical brain to the spiritual mind has resurfaced, escaping the confines of science to become, as philosopher John Searle describes it, 'the most important problem: how do neurological processes of the brain cause those inner-first-person qualitative phenomena [of the mind]?'

Thomas Kuhn - paradigm shift

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