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It's been pointed out for a long time (Descartes' Error, The Adapted Mind) that human decisions are made more by the diaphragm than the forebrain.

Not quite.  

What's been found over the last 20 years is the limbic lobe, emotion/mood inducing neuro-transmitters, the neuro-hormonal system, the medulla obligata, and even the cerebellum have as much to do with cognitive functioning as the frontal lobe¹.  In the light of current knowledge the "purely" cognitive functioning brain nuclei seems restricted to Broadmann's Area 10 -- the least understood part of the brain.  

¹  With some neurologists arguing the anterior portion of the frontal lobes should really be assigned to the limbic system.


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by ATinNM on Fri Aug 26th, 2011 at 11:08:39 PM EST
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