yeah, more philosophy class babbling.
We had a paper due last week in my philosophy class on Descartes’ theory that animals and humans differ because humans are capable of reason because humans have a ~soul~. And well, humans are capable of reason.
But it’s to do with (quoting my own paper, now) “a complicated network of interrelated pathways in the brain and the body. As [Antonio Damasio] says [in his book Descartes’ Error], ‘we were born with the neural machinery in response to certain classes of stimuli’ (Damasio 177). Throughout his work, he has proven that processes of rationality, reason, and even emotion are best ascribed to the human brain, to some extent biological processes, and nothing else.”
Aside from underlining words throughout the paper like “neurobiological” and “[our] own minds,” as well as in the above quotation where it says “proven” (underlined and with a “hmm…” written underneath) the only thing he wrote on the entire paper was, next to my final paragraph, “ultimately, it’s a brain difference?”
YES YOU SIMPLETON. THERE IS FAR MORE PROOF OF NEUROSCIENTIFIC CAUSES OF BEHAVIOR THAN THERE IS OF THE “SOUL” CAUSING BEHAVIOR.
But I still got an A. (And mind you, the neuroscience book I cited throughout was something extracurricular, picked up by my own self just for fun, because neuroscience is epic. Outside sources were not required.)