Science, Psychoanalysis, and the Brain: Space for Dialogue by Shimon Marom

By Shimon Marom

Technological know-how, Psychoanalysis, and the mind is a call for participation to an area for discussion the place reflections on neurophysiology are expressed with and guided via depth-psychology in brain; an area the place neurophysiology resumes its conventional humbled stance in the direction of issues of the psyche, and the place the highbrow autonomy of intensity psychology is said. the writer leads the reader in the course of the terrain of methodological mistakes that experience plagued fresh reductive techniques, paving the best way for a discussion that's in accordance with another, relational technique. Neurophysiology is mentioned on a excessive point of abstraction, permitting a real research of the association of the mind via its relational interactions with the area. during this discussion, the place psychology presents a theoretical framework that contributes to body structure, either events are benefited. Neurophysiology profits vital constraints and information in phraseology significant questions, psychology earnings additional motivation to crystalize its multifaceted ideas. either disciplines increase the spectrum of metaphors on hand to them inside of their very own discourses.

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We then contemplate the impacts of this conclusion on the motivation to reduce macroscopic phenomena to their alleged microscopic mechanisms, and the means by which such reduction is attempted – namely, reverse engineering. The status of attempts to link psychoanalytic concepts to biology in general, and neurophysiology in particular, is evaluated. The chapter concludes with a call for an alternative to the funnel view, a form of relations between neurophysiology and psychoanalysis, a dialogue that relies on interpretations and projections between relevant abstracted physiological and psychological concepts, rather than on physiological constraints on psychological phenomena.

Behavior may be thought of as a lumped functional organization of brain dynamics coupled to sensors and muscles that interact with the world. The scale of organization and the physical scale are not synonymous. Sometimes a scale jump in one corresponds to a scale jump in the other (for example, neuron to network), but this is not always the case (for example, brain to behavior, chemistry to biology, biology to life, and so forth). In the present text, Anderson’s More Is Different is to be understood as related to scale jumps in the wider, organizational sense, beyond physical scales, even though his arguments are strictly based on the more limited and formally approachable case of the many-body physics.

For clarity, let us briefly explain the pulmonary (lungs-related) side of the story. It begins with the understanding of the pulmonary system, its anatomy and physiology: how air flows in and out, why we need air, and how gas is exchanged between blood vessels and air-filled compartments in our lungs. It continues with the acknowledgment that airways must constantly be cleaned and debris must be cleared, else they become clogged, compromise breathing mechanics, and cater to accumulation of disease-causing organisms.

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