By Vincenzo Sanguineti
The examine of the brain-mind advanced has been hampered by means of the dichotomy among target organic neuroscience and subjective mental technology, according to speculative topographic types and psychodynamics formulations. the 2 antithetical avenues of study, premises, and dynamic hypotheses, have developed in a polarization of neuroscience. this is often in part chargeable for the failure to solve the transformation of neural occasions into psychological photos: how topic turns into mind's eye, and vice versa. The Rosetta Stone to the Human brain: 3 Languages to combine Neurobiology and Psychology illustrates how the simultaneous use of those techniques enriches the certainty of the neural and psychological geographical regions, and provides new dimensions to our belief of neuropsychological occasions; how the 2 diversified clinical metaphors are comparable in what they describe; and the way the attention and alertness of those views are necessary in getting a deeper theoretical seize on significant psychological occasions, greater figuring out unmarried minds, and formulating a extra built-in healing intervention.
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For Aristotle, the ﬁnal cause is internal to the nature of the object itself, and not Alwyn Scott and Nonlinear Dynamics 23 something we subjectively impose on it. As an example of joint causality in the biological domain Scott returns to the proteins. In the building of a protein molecule the density and variety of aminoacids represent the material cause; the DNA code is the formal cause; the electrostatic and valence forces are the efﬁcient cause (the ﬁnal cause is hidden). The most immediate problems that are encountered in applying these concepts to mental events are the deﬁnition of material causes and the complexity of efﬁcient causes (as the value systems that will be described in the next chapter), whether they are sufﬁcient to cause a speciﬁc mental event, or how much they may participate in such event.
The entire psychoanalytic family attempts to deﬁne the subject as an entity, even if the roots to such entity may be differently identiﬁed in the different theories that branched out of the Freudian position. For all these theories, the subject is intrinsically real and distinct from the world, although imbedded in it. To Freudian psychoanalysis, the dominant relationships that contribute to subjectivity are family relationships deﬁned in terms of gender and sexuality. Therefore, the Freudian culture considers the subject as evolving out of neurobiology (“anatomy is destiny”).
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The Rosetta Stone of the Human Mind: Three languages to integrate neurobiology and psychology by Vincenzo Sanguineti