Monday, February 14, 2011

Is the Brain a Machine?

One of the fundamental questions that Elias and Per have been dealing with in their dialogues, are questions related to the scientific idea of the universe, life and thought-processes that are seen as automations.

The Italian curator Alessandra Sandrolini has found this exciting text on the plasticity of the brain and how that affects our ideas of freedom. It discusses Catherine Malabou's book "What Should We Do with our Brain?" Have a look here:

Here is a quote to wet your intellectual taste buds:

"The lack of a well-articulated consciousness of the plastic brain creates a vacuum that opens the door to ideological infiltration. If you don’t come up with your own narratives and ideas to take charge of your life, others will happily provide ideas and stories for you. In our day, the chief providers of ready-to-use narratives for all areas of human existence are the spin-doctors in personnel departments and counselling companies of corporate capitalism. We witness the rise of a new spirit of capitalism, the soft but unrelenting pressures of globalised economy, the universal demand for adaptability, flexibility, emotional intelligence, creativity, self-motivation, and other ‘new values’ that will further entangle work and life, that will facilitate the near-complete absorption of existence into the corporate culture of the work world."

1 comment:

  1. Givetvis är hjärnan en "maskin", om vi med det menar en företeelse som kan utföra arbete - i detta exempel genom nervimpulser och andra former av signalvägar. Vad skulle hjärnan vara om den inte vore en maskin? Det finns, enligt min mening, inget mystiskt, upprörande eller kontroversiellt i detta. Allt i livet är biokemi. Skrev nyligen en reflektion kring detta tema i tidskriften Svensk Psykiatri, decembernumret 2010. Se s. 37-38 här: