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Doubt and Certainty in Science: A Biologist's Reflections on the Brain

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Young's thesis concludes that the higher activities of humans can be illuminated through an examination of the actual brain functions that produce them, and that these processes can be closely compared to those of a calculating machine.
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published March 4th 1982 by Praeger (first published January 1st 1951)
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Jake Bornheimer
Although most consider the beginning of cognitive science to be in 1959 with Chomsky's rebuttal of Skinner's Verbal Behavior, after reading "Doubt and Certainty in Science" I am fully convinced it began in 1950. This book contains transcripts of Young's Reith lecture. In the final lecture Young lays out a rough blueprint for cognitive science: "There are already distinct signs that in future there will be less sharp separation between physical, biological, and sociological science than there is ...more
Umar
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some good points on doubt being essential to the success of science- contrary to the dogmatism of atheists who posit certainty in science
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