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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Human Brain Is Not A Computer

The Empty Brain

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer

Robert Epstein | May 18, 2016

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies of words, pictures, grammatical rules or any other kinds of environmental stimuli. The human brain isn’t really empty, of course. But it does not contain most of the things people think it does – not even simple things such as ‘memories’.
Our shoddy thinking about the brain has deep historical roots, but the invention of computers in the 1940s got us especially confused. For more than half a century now, psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists and other experts on human behaviour have been asserting that the human brain works like a computer.

The Relativistic Brain: How it works and why it cannot be simulated by a Turing machine. " In this monograph, a mathematician and a neurobiologist join forces to address one of the most crucial and controversial scientific questions of our times: can the exquisite capacities of the human brain be simulated by any digital computer? By combining mathematical, computational, neurobiological and evolutionary arguments, Ronald Cicurel and Miguel Nicolelis refute the possibility that any Turing machine will ever succeed in such a simulation." Source: 

<more at (Why Your Brain Isn't A Computer. May 4, 2012) and (The Brain Is Not Computable. A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines. February 18, 2013)>

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