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I too have difficulty accepting the brain= behavior concept and the idea that simple chemical processes in the brain cause all of the wonders of art and culture that we see around us. But in my case I tend to think that it is because I still have much to learn about these 'simple' processes that seem so insignificant when looked at individually but that I think of as being part of a bigger picture. As we move from neurons to action potentials to synapses. And from smaller boxes to bigger boxes such as the neo cortex and other parts of the nervous system, we might start to understand how the interaction between all these parts and the factors influencing the functioning of these boxes creates a complex whole.  THis complicated big picture might then be enough to explain thinking, individuality and art.... ?

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