Two recent articles in Inference Review provide insight into some of its ongoing puzzles in the huge unmapped territory of the interaction between the mind and the brain:
In his review of a recent book, Language in Our Brain: The Origins of a Uniquely Human Capacity (2017) by Angela Friederici, of the Max Planck Institute, a University of Maryland linguist outlines the information void:
“Which part of our brain carries information forward in time? No one knows. For that matter, no one knows what a symbol is, or where symbolic interactions take place. The formal structures of linguistics and neurophysiology are disjoint, a point emphasized by Poeppel and David Embick in a widely cited study. There is
an incommensurabilitybetween theories of the brain and theories of the mind…” Denyse O’Leary, “The Origin of Language Remains Obscure” at Mind Matters
Note: Some readers may remember Inference Review from “Inference Review did not set out to make a fool of cosmologist Adam Becker”
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