Brain Research, Animal Awareness, and Human Sensibility: Scientific and Social Dislocations
In 1985, I attended the International Congress for the History of Science at the University of California at Berkeley. One of the particular pleasures of that meeting for me was the opportunity it provided to visit Frank Oppenheimer’s famous Exploratorium in San Francisco. I was impressed by the quality of the interactive exhibits, and in particular by a “hands-on” neurophysiology experiment in which visitors were able to elicit electrical activity in a living nerve-muscle preparation. Having been trained as a biologist, I knew how difficult it was to make such an experiment work for undergraduates in a well-provided laboratory; to make it work for the general public in the relatively austere setting of the Exploratorium seemed to me an extraordinary achievement.
KeywordsNonhuman Animal Human Sensibility Animal Liberation Neurophysiology Experiment Close Living Relative
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