Thursday, March 17, 2005
Pribram, K.H. (2004)
Thus, through consciousness we become related to each other and to the biological and physical universe. Just as gravity relates material bodies, so consciousness relates sentient bodies. One can no more hope to ﬁnd consciousness by digging into the brain than one can ﬁnd gravity by digging into the earth. One can, however, ﬁnd out how the brain helps organize our relatedness through consciousness, just as one can dig into the earth to ﬁnd out how its composition inﬂuences the relatedness among physical objects by gravitational attraction.
. . .Taking conscious experience as the result of the complex of relations among brain systems, body systems, social systems and culture, the “cement” that unites them is stored memory. Relevant brain processes operate by virtue of neural modiﬁability that results in the brain’s memory store. Physical, biological and social consequences of behavior are memorable, both in changing brain organization and in changing culture. The cultural consequences that have developed, such as new technologies and new linguistic usages, feed back on the brain to alter its memory store, and the consequent brain processes feed forward onto culture.
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