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Old 26th September 2004, 08:48 AM   #1011
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As it stands, I do not think it would have been accepted by a serious neuroscience journal
Yeah, I wondered about that but it seems a lot of neurological models are being published in things like engineering journals.

The article is slight but then I'm not sure it has to be otherwise. The older experimental data does fit to his theory and I get the feeling, looking at his bibliography, that's all he cares about.

Anyway its just speculation on my part but I have a feeling, not a strong one but it's there, that some of these guys might not want to see him back very soon:

http://www.imedea.uib.es/%7Edchialvo...99-chialvo.pdf

With regard to High Fidelty I'm getting spooked. The only part of the reproduction which should be legitimately non linear is my hearing and it turns out all the other parts, including the room, can be that way.
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Old 26th September 2004, 09:19 AM   #1012
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I don't see how the learning mechanism he presents fits within the established model of spike timing dependent plasticity of neurons (STDP is an experimental fact, by the way). Of course, not all neural circuits in the brain use STDP, as tends to be the case with this in most respects, so the proposed mechanism may work in specific neural systems, rather than being the general learning mechanism he seems to imply.

Looks like this guy was at Santa Fe. That's not an institution for exactly mainstream science (and I mean that in a bad way).
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Old 26th September 2004, 11:31 PM   #1013
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"Looks like this guy was at Santa Fe. That's not an institution for exactly mainstream science (and I mean that in a bad way)."


On the other hand, Niels Bohr Inst. ain't exactly Podunk U.

Speaking of neural theories and such, a bit surprised noone has mentioned Sheldrake's The Presence of the Past.
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Old 2nd October 2004, 01:57 PM   #1014
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Speak of the devil, I just noticed the following event taking place 12 Oct:

2nd October 2004
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RESEARCH SEMINAR WITH RUPERT SHELDRAKE
Tuesday Oct 12, in London.

Rupert writes:
I will be holding a workshop on Tuesday Oct 12 at my home in Hampstead
on research on the Extended Mind. I will discuss recent developments
and plan to try out a series of new experiments on the sense of being
stared at, and also on telepathy. Some of these tests have never been
tried out in a group setting before. They are simple, fun to do and may
also help you to develop your psychic sensitivity. No previous
experience is required.

So please come and take part if you can, and spend a day helping to
pioneer the frontiers of research.

The workshop will be from 10 am to 5 pm at 20 Willow Road, London NW3,
right next to Hampstead Heath, and 6 minutes walk from Hampstead
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The cost is 30, payable on the day, and includes a vegetarian lunch.
Numbers are limited, so places will be allocated on a first come first
served basis. To book, please email my assistant Pam Smart at
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If you have any comments or suggestions on this Mailing List, please email us on info@sheldrake.org
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Old 16th November 2004, 12:59 PM   #1015
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I would like to add to the discussion previously in this thread regarding the relationship or lack thereof between mind and quantum theory.

The following online articles support my viewpoint from two different perspectives. This one from a physics point of view, and this one from a philosophy point of view. The latter is a response to the proposals of Stapp, which have numerous objections from other authors, for example Mohrhoff (search the LANL preprint archive at xxx.lanl.gov).

Additionally, I would like any comments from those of you familiar with the second-order representation theory of consciousness that Damasio describes in his 1999 book The Feeling of What Happens. I have failed to find any major criticisms from a neurology/psychology point of view (as opposed to problems with details). I'm not really interested in philosophical objections, as I find that philosophers not grounded in science can argue any point of view regardless of how ludicrous.
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Old 21st November 2004, 01:34 PM   #1016
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Old 21st November 2004, 02:11 PM   #1017
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I ordered the Damasio book. Gimme a break !

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Old 22nd November 2004, 06:11 PM   #1018
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On the subject,

Intro to ideas of David Bohm at:

http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/...e/prat-boh.htm
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Old 22nd November 2004, 07:00 PM   #1019
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Bohm's causal interpretation is a type of hidden variables interpretation originally developed by de Broglie. This class of interpretations is just about the least popular one.
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I always seem to climb aboard the least popular interpretations, like Sheldrake and Bohm. At least Einstein thought Bohm might be onto something (of course, that could be interpreted a couple ways).
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