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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 01:43:41 -0500
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Pat,    (01)

That is a good point:    (02)

 > It is the only organism for which the entire nervous system,
 > consisting of 302 neurons, has been completely mapped by serial
 > section electron microscopy, elucidating the various chemical
 > synapses and gap junction connections (2).    (03)

It is good to know how all 302 neurons are connected.  But note
what I said in earlier notes:    (04)

  1. Nobody knows how any individual neuron works.    (05)

  2. Nobody has been able to decode the pattern of firings of
     any neuron to determine what those firings mean in terms
     of the perceptions and actions of the whole organism.    (06)

  3. Despite all the new data about the brain and what parts
     are active in various activities, this new information
     has not, for the most part, given us a deeper understanding
     of human psychology, psycholinguistics, and other branches
     of cognitive science.    (07)

I'm not claiming that we'll never know these things, but so far,
there's a lot more detail.  But there hasn't been much progress
in applying the results of neuroscience to clarifying and
extending the concepts of psychology.    (08)

John    (09)

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