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States of the Union: Virginia Update

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Old Dominion was our second States of the Union segment, and a lot has happened in the last year. We find out whether Virginia could be the decisive state in this year’s presidential campaign. Tim Craig is a staff writer for the Washington Post and a contributor to the paper’s Virginia Politics blog.

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Tim Craig

Comments [2]

Frank B. Finkelstein, M.D. from Bronx, NY

Dear Mr. Lopate,
Thanks for your wonderful program. I'm writing about the "Undecided Voters" segment.
As a psychiatrist very much interested in neuroscience, especially through my involvement with the field of Neuro-Psychoanalysis, I'm very much aware of a reductionism that takes place most of the time, both in professional and public venues on the subject of modern neuroscience. In it's technological magnificence modern imaging techniques bring information. Neural correlates of behavior, not the explanation of behavior. We are all tempted to look at the correlates as the cause, and have the fantasy of knowing or predicting the behavior. We're a long way from that, if it is even possible. Humankind has been concerned with the mind/body domains forever, not just since the brillant incorrectness of Descartes. Modern neuroscience often presents itself as the "new phrenology." I personally find the work of the scientist Gerald Edelman, and the philosopher John Searles, most illuminating on these topics.
Thanks for the the new data - but that's what it is, data - not meaning.
Respectfully,
Frank B. Finkelstein, M.D.

Oct. 31 2008 02:56 PM
Gabriel Reich from Richmond VA

I just voted this morning in Richmond. There were about 1000 voters trying to vote early. Most of the crowd was elderly and African American. It took me 2 1/2 hours to actually cast my vote. There were only 4 machines in use. I am worried that some of the older and sicker voters will leave early.

Oct. 31 2008 12:36 PM

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