Not Granting the Premise - Introducing Karl H. Pribram

bridges vol. 14, July 2007 / News from the Network: Austrian Researchers Abroad

by Juliet M. Beverly

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interview_beverly_and__pribram_small.jpgJuliet Beverly and Karl Pribram in his D.C. home.
"If you give me the privilege of that one premise, you'll see that everything follows," a Jesuit schoolteacher once said to a young Karl Pribram, who had questioned the laws of religion. "I answered that I had great respect for his intelligence and that of course everything would follow once I had granted the premise. So I didn't grant the premise," Pribram explains during our interview, and adds "and I have since questioned every premise - those of others as well as my own - and it is this that has been the touchstone of my career in science."


Austrian-born neurophysiologist and distinguished research professor in cognitive neuroscience at Georgetown University, Dr. Karl H. Pribram - best known for developing the Holographic Brain Model - is a self-described "man on the edge" in the world of academia. He has dedicated his entire career to the mind, the brain, and their functions. Perhaps even more importantly, Pribram has based his career and his life on one personal model that stands just as strong as the scientific models he has developed - not granting the premise, and testing the waters even if they go against the current.

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