Biology and Psychology (was A question)

[From Rick Marken (2000.03.14.2030)]

Marc Abrams (2000.03.14.1901)--

I tend to like Martin's summary which I do not think
differs from Rick's intent. Am I right in assuming
this Rick?


David Goldstein (2000.03.1907)--

But what determines the kind of connections made
(excitatory or inhibitatory)?

I don't know. But it's got to be some kind of physical
(biological) process.

Before your explanation, I always thought that the
Reorganization System, which was responsible for the
development and organization of the Perceptual Hierrarchy,
was the biological component. I thought of the Perceptual
Hierrarchy as the psychological component. The former is
experience independent. The latter is experience dependent.

I think there are important biological and psychological
aspects of reorganization and hierarchical control.

The interesting question, it seems to me, is whether any
particular control problem is amenable to a biological rather
than a psychological treatment. A common biological treatment
is drugs; a common psychological treatment is talk. PCT
doesn't rule out the possibility that some control problems
could be treated with drugs. But I've never seen any
particularly convincing evidence that this is the case.
I think drugs can surpress symptoms; but I don't think
they can actually fix control problem in the same way that
talk therapies (like the MOL) demonstrably can.




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