David J. Linden – The Accidental Mind: Point of Inquiry Interview
An new interview with neuroscientist David J. Linden provides some physiological context and grounding for reconsidering and thinking anew about what it means to be human.
From the Point of Inquiry introduction:
In this broad discussion with D.J. Grothe, David Linden challenges widespread beliefs about the brain, such as that people only use ten percent of it and that it is amazingly designed, arguing instead that the brain is “accidental.” . . . He discusses the neuron, and how it is a “lousy processor of information,” describing how evolution has nonetheless used it to build “clever us.” He talks about how our brains have constrained us, and may have physically led to the necessity of marriage, family and long childhoods. . . . And he argues that the brain has evolved to make everyone a “believer,” describing the similarities between belief in science and in religion, that both are similar “branches of the same cognitive stream.”
Click here for the complete Point of Inquiry introduction and links to the interview and the iTunes subscription page for P.O.I.
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First, lullaby, my youthful years, — , Gascoigne’s Lullaby (9-12)
It is now time to go to bed,
For crooked age and hoary hairs
Have won the haven within my head.