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Why Brains Can’t Think: Exposing the Mereological
Rom Harré, Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College
Monday 16th July, 7pm: Rewley House
As the 21st Century opened, the discipline of `academic psychology’ seemed to be separating into two radically distinct and perhaps irreconcilable domains. Cultural/Discursive psychology focused on the discursive means for the management of meaning in a world of norms, while Neuropsychology focused on the investigation of brain processes loosely correlated with intuitively identified cognitive processes. These two domains can be reconciled in a hybrid science that brings them together into a synthesis more powerful than anything psychologists have achieved before. The marriage of Neuroscience and Cultural/Discursive psychology is based on theinsights of many critics of the causal framework for psychology, but the most insightful has been one philosopher in particular, Ludwig Wittgenstein.. Hybrid psychology depends on the intuition that while brains can be assimilated into the world of persons, as among the instruments people use for carrying out many of their projects, people cannot be assimilated into the world of cell structures and molecular processes. To suppose that they can be has been called the `mereological fallacy’ – ascribing attributes of wholes to some of their parts. People think. Brains, parts of people’s bodies, do not.
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Professor Rom Harré
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