Why Brains Don't Compute

Authors: Purves, Dale

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  • Examines the key differences between how brains and machines process information
    Addresses how experience generated by the brain is related to our physical world
    Encourages readers to consider the conceits of neural function and its implications

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About this book

This book examines what seems to be the basic challenge in neuroscience today: understanding how experience generated by the human brain is related to the physical world we live in. The 25 short chapters present the argument and evidence that brains address this problem on a wholly trial and error basis. 

The goal is to encourage neuroscientists, computer scientists, philosophers, and other interested readers to consider this concept of neural function and its implications, not least of which is the conclusion that brains don’t “compute.”

About the authors

Dale Purves is the George B. Geller Professor of Neurobiology Emeritus in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences where he remains Research Professor with additional appointments in the department of Psychology and Brain Sciences and the department of Philosophy at Duke University. After earning a B.A. from Yale, an M.D. from Harvard and additional postdoctoral training at Harvard and University College London, he joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1973.  In 1990 he became  the founding chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Duke Medical Center and was subsequently Director of Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He also served as the Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore .

Best known for his work on neural development and synaptic plasticity, Purves’ research during the last 20 years has sought to explain visual  perception and auditory perception in the context of music. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the author, and co-author or editor of 18 previous books on neuroscience.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why Brains Don't Compute
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-71064-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-71064-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-71063-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 168
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 45 illustrations in colour
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