Refreshing Quotes from Neuroscience

 In cortex, modularity, neuroimaging, neuroscience, quote, subcortical structures

Here’s another new feature here at BrainEthics. Some quotes from neuroscience and related fields are so provocatively refreshing that they deserve a place of their own. Why not highlight them here, as we fall upon them. Quotes are great, since they seem to grasp the ghist of a whole idea, in one or a few sentences it captures the meaning of an entire book, a whole research trend, a misconjecture in the literature.

I’ll start off with this great quote from Gilles Laurent, who writes in a chapter in a recently published, interesting book (worth mentioning in a post of its own) called “23 problems in system neuroscience“. Here, Laurent opposes what he sees as a cortico-centrism; an unwarranted fascination with the cerebral cortex at the expense of subcortical (and other) structures:

“Why this obsession with cortex? (…) most scientists act as if King Cortex appeared one bright morning out of nowhere, leaving in the mud a zoo of robotic critters, prisoners of their flawed designs and obviously incapable of perception, feeling, pain, sleep, or emotions, to name but a few of their deficiencies. How nineteenth century!”


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