The Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind



William H. Calvin, "The Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind"
The MIT Press | 1996 | ISBN: 0262032414, 0262531542 | 264 pages | File type: PDF | 1,7 mb

Few philosophers today attempt a nonmaterialist explanation of consciousness, but even materialist explanations get stuck at the mysterious boundary where thoughts arise from synapses. The Cerebral Code offers a physiological model of the brain's thought processes, albeit in a highly technical presentation. William Calvin, overly glib at times, tries hard to present his new hypothesis for the workings of higher intellectual functions in easy-to-understand metaphors and plain language. And while the technical difficulty of the topic makes this a daunting read, the cogent neurological model of human cognitiondreaming, problem solving, and creative thinkingis rewarding. Anyone who wishes to thoroughly understand consciousness should not ignore this book.
Review
" in The Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind, Calvin lays out a wide-ranging and innovative theory linking the neural structure of the cortex to thought, language, and consciousness." " a fascinating and readable presentation of a novel and radical approach to bridging the gap between mind and brain." Richard Cooper The Times [London] Higher Education Supplement, 11 October 1996

"Ought to be a complete ban on global speculations about the brain grandoise." Stuart Sutherland Nature, 21 November 1996

"[Calvin's] basic model can be applied to problems such as the sequences needed for body movements and in language, making associations, imagining, and thought pathologies. Finally, he goes for gold with a thought experiment, testing his [cortical Darwin Machine] theory on consciousness and a mechanistic outline for Universal Grammar. [Calvin's is] a vision that is now all too rare. Right or wrong, his ideas should stimulate many to think more broadly about the dynamic processes of the cortex." Jennifer Altman New Scientist, 23 November 1996

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