"THE TWO STEVES"- Pinker vs. Rose - A Debate
Steven Pinker and Steven Rose debated each other in an event chaired by Susan Blackmore and held at London University's Institute of Education under the sponsorship of Dillon's and The London Times. Over a thousand people attended-and the event was sold out within three days of being announced. Steven Pinker
is professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT; director of the McDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT; author of "Language Learnability and Language Development"; "Learnability and Cognition"; "The Language Instinct" and "How the Mind Works". Steven Rose
, neurobiologist, is Professor of Biology and Director, Brain and Behaviour Research Group, The Open University; author of "Lifelines"; "The Making Of Memory"; coauthor of "Not In Our Genes"; editor of "From Brains To Consciousness". Part I Part II
Rose:I don't regard consciousness as a property locked inside the brain of an individual. I regard it as a process which emerges in interaction between individuals, particularly humans, during their development, and the society and culture in which they're embedded. Therefore consciousness, in a very interesting sort of way, is not a brain property alone; it involves many many other features as well, and we reduce it excessively....in trying to argue that it's simply the reverse of being asleep, or unconscious. Or make the Freudian distinction. I think there are richer meanings; it's a process, not a thing.