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Deborah Hazen's picture

Reflections from Wednesday morning

Where might the understanding of the architecture of the brain lead? How much can we alter the genetic potential of the brain through modifications to the architecture?

If we assume that culture is interacting brains that function to influence individual brains and that the historic role of education has been to inculcate youth into the dominant culture where do our thoughts lead us? Does the process of becoming a member of a culture pare away unique thoughts or reactions as we learn certain unconcious pathways of thinking or reacting to situations? Do those among us who march to a truly different beat and arrive at remarkably new ideas and perspectives (Michelangelo) or forge brave new paths (Ghandi) simply escape the inculcation?

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