Bioenergetics

The arguments presented in this study indicate that neither GOFAI, nor NAI provide adequate models of work of the human mind, and of the brain

Ladislav Kovác

2010

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  • The twentieth century has been designated by Evelyn Fox Keller as the century of the gene. According to Donald Kennedy, the twenty-first century may become the century of the brain. Edward O
  • All that has been learned empirically about evolution in general and mental processes in particular suggests that the brain is a machine assembled not to understand itself, but to survive.” Best models of the brain have always been inspired by peak achievements of science and have compared the brain to the most sophisticated machines of the time
  • Triggering images, processes and events that are already present in the brain, ready-made, may be a solution, or part of a solution of the old puzzle: how the brain can be fast if neurons are slow?50 How can the brain recognize an object almost immediately if neurons fire electric signals ten million times more slowly than an ordinary computer
  • Terence Sejnowski has stressed that the explication of the high endogenous activity of the brain can be a way for understanding the nature of consciousness and of the first person experience
  • That the high intrinsic activity in those areas of the brain which are responsible for the comprehension of mental states of other people, for moral reasoning, for self-referential behavior and for imagining the future was observed in the brain of monkeys in deep anesthesia, and under conditions when the animals could not have been conscious of their states
  • The fact that in measurements of energetic balance of the whole brain no differences between the “resting” and “loaded” brain were observed, had long been a puzzle
  • The arguments presented in this study indicate that neither GOFAI, nor NAI provide adequate models of work of the human mind, and of the brain
  • According to Allan Hobson, the night dream functions to some extent as does the immune system: most varied fictive situations are being created by the brain, of which some may later prove to be useful in real life. It is conceivable that more than just consolidating and ordering the past the night dream is a preparation for future options: it would be largely fortuitous, but at the same time coordinated, setting up synaptic connections and cocktails of emotionally relevant chemicals in the brain

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