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Re: [ontolog-forum] Mirror neurons in language use

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From: "Rich Cooper" <rich@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 20:16:58 -0800
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Rich Cooper


Rich AT EnglishLogicKernel DOT com


In my estimation, Ed Barkmeyer settled the issue with:


As to funding scientific research, the sad fact is that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.  Some funding managers are better at choosing more promising frogs, but the ratio of princes to funded frogs is still very low.  Can you really blame them for believing that a fad science is the mark of a promising frog, when the majority of the council of proven princes tells them so?




But I hasten to add that the same is true of nearly any organization composed of fairly self-governing individuals.  It’s a known human proclivity discussed in the psych lit on "self deception", which is necessary, according to some psych researchers, to foist deception off on another.  The con artist cons himself as well as the victim to get the victim to believe the con.  That's why the same old suspects always get what little funding they can justify.  With a more productive way to choose frog princes, the funding would create a royal free for all.  


This brings the conversation back to mirror neuron systems, which are supposed to let us empathize.  For example, voters choose political frogs and put them in a slowly heating situation until it starts to boil.  Then they dine on frog legs.  That is empathy.  






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