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The Brain from 25,000 Feet

High Level Explorations of Brain Complexity, Perception, Induction and Vagueness

Authors: Changizi, Mark A.

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In The Brain from 25,000 Feet, Mark A. Changizi defends a non-reductionist philosophy and applies it to a variety of problems in the brain sciences. Some of the key questions answered are as follows. Why do we see visual illusions, and why are illusions inevitable for any finite-speed vision machine? Why aren't brains universal learning machines, and what does the riddle of induction and its solution have to do with human learning and innateness? The author tackles such questions as why the brain is folded, and why animals have as many limbs as they do, explaining how these relate to principles of network optimality. He describes how most natural language words are vague and then goes on to explain the connection to the ultimate computational limits on machines. There is also a fascinating discussion of how animals accommodate greater behavioral complexity. This book is a must-read for researchers interested in taking a high-level, non-mechanistic approach to answering age-old fundamental questions in the brain sciences.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Brain from 25,000 Feet
Book Subtitle
High Level Explorations of Brain Complexity, Perception, Induction and Vagueness
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
317
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-0293-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-0293-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1176-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6244-4
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 330
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