Human evolution; our complex speech mechanism (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Monday, November 19, 2018, 15:08 (625 days ago) @ dhw

QUOTE: "In this exciting age of the brain, where we know more about our brains than ever before, being able to link basic experiences like speaking and understanding language directly to brain function is especially important. Linking our brains to our behaviors holds the key to understanding not only what it means to be human, but also to understanding how the (arguably) most complex computing device in the universe, the human brain, gives rise to our daily experiences."

DAVID’s comment: A computer simulation that actually mimics the actual brain wave patterns, suggests this result is a true representation of how brain plasticity has adapted to handle language grammar. In describing the brain as 'arguably' the most complex, the article fudges on accepting that the brain is obviously the most complex result of evolution.

dhw: Perhaps more to the point in the context of so many of our discussions, it fudges on the origin of the consciousness that determines what use we make of language. It states explicitly that the brain gives rise to our daily experiences. I think most dualists would argue that our daily experiences are the result of the interaction between brain and soul. (I remain neutral on the subject.)

The article has obvious limitations, since it is a reductionist study of how the brain has modified to handle language and speech.

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