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ERIC Number: ED401285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 13
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Changing Our Minds: The Struggle To Generate a Humanistic Neuroscience Language through Metaphors from Quantum Physics.
Liston, Delores D.
While the physiological explanations from neuroscience help explain the mechanisms of learning, they fall short of explaining the sociocultural and phenomenological factors that determine a stressful versus a challenging interpretation of experience. For this reason, neuroscience seems less than useful to classroom teachers. A major obstacle in developing a humanized neuroscience is the gap between empirical interpretations and the spiritual/philosophical interpretations of neuroscience research. It is suggested that metaphors from quantum physics can be useful in overcoming false separations and mistaken dualisms in the interpretation of neuroscience results. The common language of the brain and mind is hampered by Cartesian dualism. Metaphors from quantum physics can help overcome this mind-body dualism. According to quantum theory, we participate in the creation of our realities through our status as quantum participant- observers. The traditional split between subject and object is overcome through the model elaborated by the participant- observer. The metaphors of quantum physics, including Bohr's Complementarity Principle, corroborate a more holistic interpretation of experience that helps make neuroscience research more practical. Findings from a humanized neuroscience will serve to improve classroom practices and enhance learning. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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