christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: March 24th, 2008
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Failure of the Brain/Computer Analogy

I'm a big fan of armchair cognitive psychology--one of my favorite books is The Mind's I by Douglas Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett--so my interest is always piqued by discussions of how the brain can be modeled or better understood with computational machines as an analog. But here's a very concise article that discusses some of the limitations of comparing brains directly to computers.

That said, I do agree with some of the comments that computers should allow us to completely abstract the functions of the brain into software rendering the actual physical implementation irrelevant. But I think the author's point is: the brain is far, far too complex to be abstracted into even the most powerful computer, and trying to break it down into modular components may not be a fruitful strategy due to the fact that the brain appears to be highly non-modular.

by Christopher Heiser on March 24 10:22
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