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Obama's Brain

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Obama's brain
(image by The New Yorker)

At some level, the brain is a kind of computer. It takes in information, combines new information with previously acquired information, and performs actions based on the results of those computations. Yet we know remarkably little about how the brain performs its computations and how those computations relate to behavior, especially in comparison to what we know about computers. By some counts (though the exact number remains elusive), there are hundreds of different kinds of neurons, each with different physical properties and ways of interacting with other neurons. And we know very little about how the brain's basic units organize into larger-scale circuits, and how those circuits, often in physically disparate parts of the brain, work together to produce unified behavior. We need an understanding of how brain circuits work and how the brain uses language to encode information.

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Maybe everyone should just take to understanding t... by Ned Lud on Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 9:14:57 PM