Sidney Ochs's A History of Nerve Functions: From Animal Spirits to PDF

By Sidney Ochs

ISBN-10: 0511215681

ISBN-13: 9780511215681

ISBN-10: 052124742X

ISBN-13: 9780521247429

Sidney Ochs starts his survey with a chronological examine the historical past of nerves from the 5th century B.C. to the early eighteenth century to illustrate the advance of our wisdom of the molecular mechanisms of neuronal functionality. Ochs then adopts a thematic method, contemplating key subject matters from the eighteenth century to the current. the amount will function a useful source for historians of neuroscience and drugs, philosophers of technological know-how and drugs, and neuroscientists.

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As the ancient philosophers believed, matter becomes alive through its organization by the fine spirit that pervades the cosmos. Taken in by respiration, it becomes the organizing principle or soul of living creatures (Chapter 1). 7 As for whether the soul is immortal or not, Galen was guarded. 9 If the reasoning faculty is a form of the soul, namely a mixture within the brain, it must be mortal. If it is immortal why should it depart when the brain undergoes excessive cooling, heating, drying, or moistening (physical elements of which it is composed)?

God, in his Neoplatonic view, illuminates the mind of man and without that influence, ideas would not be understood. He considered the soul to be immaterial and to occupy no space. ” St. 15 He observed, as did Aristotle before him (Chapter 1), that when a worm is cut into two parts, each part of the worm moves swiftly away. Carrying the experiment further, he cut the pieces of the worm again, and each of them was able to move about as if it were an independent creature. Asked to explain the phenomenon, St.

Thymos includes not only mind, soul, feeling, and temper, but also eager desire, avidity, (carnal) appetite, and lust – 68 71 73 (Lloyd, 1973), p. 28. , p. 29. 70 (Dewitt, 1967), p. 265. (Cicero, 1972). 72 (Ross, 1923) and (Aristotle, 1968). (Peters, 1967), pp. 166–176. 20:55 P1: FCH/FFX P2: FCH/FFX 052124742Xc01 QC: FCH/FFX CB616-Ochs-v2 T1: FCH December 29, 2003 INTRODUCTION 19 in general terms emotional states. Its location to the chest is shown by the agitation that can be felt there in emotional states.

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