Not So Google Stoopid, Ctd.

More

James Olds, a Professor of Computational Neuroscience, writes in:

Since I was quoted in Carr's piece, I thought it might be useful for me to respond to Scott Esposito's point: no one would dispute that the brain is vastly complex. But similarly we also have the existence proof (patients like President Reagan's press secretary who recovered language function) that this incredibly complex piece of biology is also very plastic. Recent work by a number of investigators (Mike Merzenich at UCSF comes to mind) makes it pretty clear that the adult brain can re-wire on the fly and that the mechanisms are very likely the same ones that allow us to store new memories. In particular, there is a cadre of neuroscientists who believe that software specifically crafted for learning-disabilities can perhaps make a difference in receptive language disorders. From there it's not such a long stretch to Carr's meme.

Jump to comments

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Ghost Trains of America

Can a band of locomotive experts save vintage railcars from ruin?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Video

How Is Social Media Changing Journalism?

How new platforms are transforming radio, TV, print, and digital

Video

The Place Where Silent Movies Sing

How an antique, wind-powered pipe organ brings films to life

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down