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Unread 12-10-2012, 06:03 AM   #1
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Unread 12-10-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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Smile Aral: Author of the article

I prefer to look at the author's qualifications to write on this topic. Aral is a philsopher who is giving supportive arguments to give an opinion (not fact) to sway readers to accept his theory.

The facts speak for themselves. An FDPA scan attaches a radioactive isotope to sinemet and injects this into the patient. While several pictures are taken, during the 45 minutes the patient is being scanned, to track the radio active material attached to the sinemet. The test is far more accurate than doctors who use observation to diagnosis PD.

Aral is a social behaivior specialist and is discussing scans which claim to show what part of the brain is used for a specific social interaction. Not to determine if a person has P.D.

Thanks for sharing the article.

Dianna Wood.
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Well, the first fact we should strive to respect here is the author's actual name, which is Alva Noe, not 'Aral', as you state. Noe has a long association with consciousness studies and neuroscience and is a highly respected philosopher. He is making a necessary corrective here to the 'gee whizery' that surrounds scans.
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