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Reflection

In the beginning of the semester, I was in the Dickinsonian camp and I have remained there throughout the semester. Maybe it's because I'm a jaded senior, but the whole concept of a soul- especially a soul that was capable of thought- seemed out of place in a neurobiology class.

In keeping with the Dickinsonian theory, I believe that the fact that reality is just a construct of one's brain/mind is important to everyday life. If more people knew that the world might not be so crazy because there is no single or correct way to perceive something. I also think it's important to know that the brain is dynamic, not static, and that there is no such thing as complete objectivity.

In the future I would like to see the field of neurobiology: create new pharmacological treatments to promote neuronal growth and regeneration after traumatic brain injury; to clarify what "consciousness" is; and to determine if other  animals are capable of consciousness of the self.

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