Metaphor: The brain is a computer

What can mathematics teach us about the mind/brain?
Sep 17, 2012
The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

~11 functionalism

Metaphor: the brain is a kind of computer
computation: information processing

Is the diffusion of a chemical in the brain a computation?
It can be described by a computation.

<23:17 When we get a computation on our computer, if we type anything we get the same response every time.
If you get the same thing every time, you can’t learn. You can’t change. You can’t adapt.
Brain: You don’t get the same thing every time you do something

spontaneous pattern formation

1:15:00 primary sensory cortex: 7,000 synapses per cell
prefrontal cortex: 20,000 synapses per cell
able to generate its own activity in the absence of stimulus
there’s some background activity going on. It has to generate motor plans.

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