Most intellectuals today have a phobia of any explanation of the mind that invokes genetics.
Neuroscience is showing that all aspects of mental life — every emotion, every thought pattern, every memory — can be tied to the physiological activity or structure of the brain. Cognitive science has shown that feats that were formerly thought to be doable by mental stuff alone can be duplicated by machines, that motives and goals can be understood in terms of feedback and cybernetic mechanisms, and that thinking can be understood as a kind of computation.
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- Amos Tversky Israeli Cognitive Psychologist
- Hilary Putnam American Philosopher
- Noam Chomsky American Linguist, Philosopher, Social Critic
- B. F. Skinner American Psychologist
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