“We have already contrasted two ways of thinking about sociality in social neuroscience: On the one hand, we find the impoverished conception of sociality that can be found in most research that utilizes brain imaging in laboratory settings- where ‘social’ seems to refer to sequential transactions between isolated individuals or simulations of such transactions in scanners. On the other, we encounter the more subtle arguments of those who seek to understand sociality in terms of the multiple networks of collective association that characterize human existence, in families, groups, villages, towns, nations, and beyond, and the neurobiological consequences of isolation for humans evolved to live in such ecological settings.” (Neuro, 231)
When it all boils down, how will they study me?
Will they cite past knowledge and patterns
Or consider all of me engulfed in everything?
Everything I had done and who I was
Alongside who I was raised by where I come from
Sometimes it seems a conundrum
To study based on isolation
When really there’s always an influence
That seems to find its way into equations
And can a brain scan equate
To what my brain can’t communicate
But my spirit and my mouth can
Consciousness is an outland
Somewhere far off we can’t find
Where we are alive, reside, and decide
Not constricted to the real time
In the deepest recesses of our mind
So study me as you like
With scanners and alike
Or the patterns of those I am like
You will find everything except
My mind within the light.