Rediscovering the Mind

Written by Robert Bruce Baird


Fromrepparttar viewpoint of a modern microbiologist, we hearrepparttar 127590 call for integration and common sense in sciences that are all too often devising separate stakes and battlements to pontificate from, on high. The 'experts' thus proving their ignorance becauserepparttar 127591 result inevitably is specious ego and puffery. Truth did not divide herself up for prissy 'nerds' to prevail upon, with their massive convolutions and devious attempts to practice buffoonery upon her.

In August of 1980 Psychology Today ran an article by Harold J. Morowitz, professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. I recommend a complete reading of this article for anyone who has suffered through a complete exposure to all that our modern education system is comprised of; as it tries to convince you that everything is 'black and white' and that no soul exists through avoidance of its instruction (except a few artists who defyrepparttar 127592 norm).


Physical scientists are returning torepparttar 127593 view that thought - meaning mind - is one of nature's ultimate realities'.

The study of life at all levels, from social to molecular behavior, has in modern times relied on reductionism asrepparttar 127594 chief explanatory concept. This approach to knowledge tries to comprehend one level of scientific phenomena in terms of concepts at a lower and presumably more fundamental level... Reductionism atrepparttar 127595 psychological level is exemplified byrepparttar 127596 viewpoint in Carl Sagan's best selling book THE DRAGONS OF EDEN.

He writes: 'My fundamental premise aboutrepparttar 127597 brain is that its workings- what we sometimes call 'mind' - are a consequence of its anatomy and, physiology and nothing more.' As a further demonstration of this trend of thought, we note that Sagan's glossary does not containrepparttar 127598 words mind, consciousness, perception, awareness or thought, but rather deals with entries such as synapse, lobotomy, proteins and electrodes…

Werner Heisenberg, one ofrepparttar 127599 founders ofrepparttar 127600 new physics, became deeply involved inrepparttar 127601 issues of philosophy and humanism. In PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS OF QUANTUM PHYSICS, he wrote of physicists having to renounce thoughts of an objective time-scale common to all observers, and of events in time and space that are independent of our ability to observe them. Heisenberg stressed thatrepparttar 127602 laws of nature no longer dealt with elementary particles, but with our knowledge of these particles - that is, withrepparttar 127603 'contents of our minds'. Erwin Schrödinger,repparttar 127604 man who formulatedrepparttar 127605 fundamental equation of quantum mechanics, wrote an extraordinary little book in 1958 called MIND AND MATTER. In this series of essays, he moved fromrepparttar 127606 results ofrepparttar 127607 new physics to a rather mystical view ofrepparttar 127608 universe that he identified withrepparttar 127609 'perennial philosophy' of Aldous Huxley. Schrödinger wasrepparttar 127610 first ofrepparttar 127611 quantum theoreticians to express sympathy withrepparttar 127612 UPANISHADS and Eastern philosophical thought. A growing body of literature now embodies this perspective, including two popular works. THE TAO OF PHYSICS by Fritjof Capra, and THE DANCING WU-LI MASTERS by Gary Zukav...

However,repparttar 127613 only simple and consistent description physicists were able to assign to a measurement involved an observer's becoming aware ofrepparttar 127614 result. Thusrepparttar 127615 physical event andrepparttar 127616 content ofrepparttar 127617 human mind were inseparable. This linkage forced many researchers to seriously consider consciousness as an integral part ofrepparttar 127618 structure of physics. Such interpretations moved science towardrepparttar 127619 'idealist' as contracted withrepparttar 127620 'realist' conception of philosophy.

Benefits of Human Genome Project

Written by Wong Hon Long

Rapid progress in genome science and a glimpse into its potential applications have spurred observers to predict that biology will berepparttar foremost science ofrepparttar 127589 21st century. Technology and resources generated byrepparttar 127590 Human Genome Project and other genomics research are already having a major impact on research acrossrepparttar 127591 life sciences. The potential for commercial development of genomics research presents U.S. industry with a wealth of opportunities, and sales of DNA-based products and technologies inrepparttar 127592 biotechnology industry are projected to exceed $45 billion by 2009 (Consulting Resources Corporation Newsletter, Spring 1999).

Some current and potential applications of genome research include molecular medicine, microbial genomics, risk assessment, bioarchaeology, anthropology, evolution, human migration, DNA forensics (identification), agriculture, livestock breeding, and bioprocessing.

Technology and resources promoted byrepparttar 127593 Human Genome Project have profound impacts on biomedical research especially in clinical medicine. Increasingly detailed genome maps have aided researchers seeking genes associated with dozens of genetic conditions, including myotonic dystrophy, fragile X syndrome, neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2, inherited colon cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and familial breast cancer. This will provoke a new era of molecular medicine characterized less by treating symptoms and more by looking torepparttar 127594 most fundamental causes of disease. Rapid and more specific diagnostic tests will make possible earlier treatment of countless maladies. Medical researchers also will be able to devise novel therapeutic regimens based on new classes of drugs, immunotherapy techniques, avoidance of environmental conditions that may trigger disease, and possible augmentation or even replacement of defective genes through gene therapy. Besides, research on human evolution become easier and clearer when a full and detailed genome map have been created.

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