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It is very interesting that when the vapour motor appeare at th turn of the century the brain and the human being was compared to a machine wiht all the steem needing to go out.. it needed to release the tension, the stress.. so the brain was like a wonderful motor vapour..that worked with hundreds of little motors...specially with feelings.

Now, the brain is like a computer....Basically the brain has been compared in the past with the most common /important invention at the moment...

the brain is much more than a computer.. we just happen to believe it is a like a computer becasue it is easy for us to think in these terms and we focus our reserch and understanding on looking for such features (in the same way that people look for features where the brain and the human being behave as a motor)

So, the brain is not a computer, or at least not only a computer.. so the question of the programmer is probably much more complex than that.

Hindus and bororos have a much more interesting take...I would think in their terms ...we invent ourselves since everyboydy can think with me, in me.. the other and the self  do not exist.. they are the same...You can see that it is a much more different myth (in the best meaning of the word) to explain the brain that our computer-style approach

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Jan 27th, 2006 at 06:02:06 AM EST
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I kind of see the brain...and its highly amazing workings...as more like a radar dish, where it is capable of recieving all kinds of signals (some unique and mysterious)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Jan 27th, 2006 at 07:10:37 AM EST
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