What if it is the other way around? Just wondering, that’s all.
Anyway, from New Scientist:
“HOW on earth does the brain enable mind?” This line from the preface to Tales from Both Sides of the Brain by neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga serves as the overarching question for his latest book. And it’s also a question that permeates The Future of the Brain, a collection of essays edited by psychologist Gary Marcus and neuroscientist Jeremy Freeman.
About Future of the Brain we learn,
The technologies will generate lots of data, and neuroscientists will need large-scale simulations and brain models to make sense of it. Editors Marcus and Freeman say that we had better get used to seeing the brain as an organ that carries out computations – a notion that is often resisted. They write that “nerve cells exist to compute; the real trick is to figure out what they are computing”. More.
The difficulty is that most human thinking is not in fact a form of computing at all. People don’t compute “trustworthy” or “the in thing to do,” or “I guess I have to be the one to tell him.”
Indeed, many people who can manage all this stuff and more deftly could not add up a column of figures. And their neurons probably couldn’t either. If the brain is at bottom a quantum system, chances are that its relation to consciousness will feature many anomalies that can only be misrepresented by an attempt to figure out “what they are computing.”
Here’s a synopsis of why such projects will go nowhere.
See also: What great physicists have said about immateriality and consciousness
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