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  •  Biology of the brain is biochemistry, as chemistry (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, David Jarman

    is all that hunk of meat is and does.  Even the electrical phenomenon are chemical in cause.  

    As long as we're being pedantic. :)

    •  that's referring to the problem with guns (0+ / 0-)

      is that they are made out of steel - no, the very same steel could be used for something good (say an automobile or surgeon's scalpel).

      Similarly, "chemistry" (analogous to steel) is what brains are made out of - but there's nothing wrong with the chemistry/steel per se in a RW's brain - it's how it's put together (e.g., the gun vs. scalpel) that's off.  

      And the "how it's put together" is not chemistry it's biology - in fact more like "systems biology" (which is a step beyond biology, two steps beyond biochemistry . . . .).

      Seriously, if words didn't have meanings, why not just say "brain subatomic physics"?   After all it's the same thing based on what everyone's saying in response to my comment

      •  oops, that should start with "that's LIKE . . . " (0+ / 0-)
        •  OTOH, it being neuro-chem was implied by subject (0+ / 0-)

          and context.  OTOH, the point about chemistry actually being the physical processes was correct - but pedantic and irrelevant to the context.  So in a sense you both win. :)

          Tho, I suspect there is a genetic component as well as nuture/development.  Certainly for intellect, desire to seek out new experiences and information, resistance to potential changes in environment, etc.

          As I said elsewhere, how much is another question.

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