Estudos em homenagem a Margarida Llosa
Who Wrote the Article?
Giuli Liebman Parrinello
AbstractThe intentionally ambiguous title of this paper reflects issues regarding the correlation between higher-order mental processes and their neural basis with respect to the identity and responsibility of the author. The framework adopted is that of contemporary neuroscience, which is increasingly extending its reach, also to the humanities, thus bridging the traditional gap between the “two cultures”. It is argued that the writing of an article (in a broader sense a paper, an essay or the chapter of a book) is related to an embodied process. This is examined using a subjective-objective approach, moving from the genesis of the text, based on the initial condition of neurons firing and wiring together, through the various stages of the writing process to its conclusion. In doing so, the paper touches on aspects such as neuroenhancement and neuroethics. The conclusion underlines further implications regarding the material conditions of writing, and assumes that they are also valid for more creative processes, making reference to the issue of the “extended mind”.Keywords: Science, the Humanities, Neuroscience, Writing Processes, Neuroenhancement, Neuroethics
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