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Category: Lists of ambiguous human names Robert Burton Robert Burton (February 8, 1577 â January 25, 1640) was an English scholar and vicar at Oxford University, best known for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy. ... Robert Burton (1747–1825) was an American farmer and plantation owner from Vance County, North Carolina. ... Robert Taylor Burton (October 25, 1821âNovember 11, 1907) was a General Authority and a member of the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1874 until his death. ... Robert Earl Burton (1939-) is the founding minister of the Fellowship of Friends a new religious movement based in California. ... Bob Burton (born Robert Russell Burton, Jr. ... Image File history File links Disambig_gray. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Anthroponym. ...
Burton's model of human cognition is a mix of philosophizing about the qualitative nature of consciousness and attempts to identify the physiological mechanisms responsible for carrying out the various cognitive processes of which humans are capable.
According to Burton, "Spirit is a most subtle vapour, which is expressed from the blood [but is not actually blood itself, which is a Humour] and the instrument of the soul, to perform all his actions; a common tie or medium betwixt the body and the soul" (129).
Burton's explanations of exactly how the soul springs from material body are ultimately unconvincing in two important ways (other than his obvious biological and medical inaccuracies.) First, in the face of the detailed descriptions which he provides of other bodily and cognitive function, his sparse descriptions of the soul are rhetorically unconvincing.
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