Ideas of Rita Carter, by Theme

[British, fl. 1998, Freelance science journalist.]

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7. Existence / E. Categories / 2. Categorisation
Brain lesions can erase whole categories of perception, suggesting they are hard-wired
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 5. Interpretation
Sense organs don't discriminate; they reduce various inputs to the same electrical pulses
The recognition sequence is: classify, name, locate, associate, feel [PG]
12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 4. Memory
There seems to be no dividing line between a memory and a thought
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 7. Animal Minds
No one knows if animals are conscious
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 8. Brain
Proper brains appear at seven weeks, and neonates have as many neurons as adults do
In primates, brain size correlates closely with size of social group
Pain doesn't have one brain location, but is linked to attention and emotion
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / c. Parts of consciousness
Consciousness involves awareness, perception, self-awareness, attention and reflection
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / e. Cause of consciousness
There is enormous evidence that consciousness arises in the frontal lobes of the brain
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 5. Qualia / a. Nature of qualia
Normal babies seem to have overlapping sense experiences
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 7. Blindsight
In blindsight V1 (normal vision) is inactive, but V5 (movement) lights up
17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 8. Dualism of Mind Critique
Out-of-body experiences may be due to temporary loss of proprioception
17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 2. Reduction of Mind
Scans of brains doing similar tasks produce very similar patterns of activation
Thinking takes place on the upper side of the prefrontal cortex
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 3. Emotions
Babies show highly emotional brain events, but may well be unaware of them
The only way we can control our emotions is by manipulating the outside world that influences them
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 5. Rationality / c. Animal rationality
A frog will starve to death surrounded by dead flies
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / d. Sources of pleasure
The 'locus coeruleus' is one of several candidates for the brain's 'pleasure centre'