Why the Mind is Not a Computer: A Pocket Lexicon of Neuromythology

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Imprint Academic, 2004 - Psychology - 97 pages
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The equation "Mind = Machine" is false. This pocket lexicon of "neuromythology" shows why. Taking a series of key words such as calculation, language, information and memory, Professor Tallis shows how their misuse has a lured a whole generation into accepting the computational model of the mind. First of all these words were used literally in the description of the human mind. Then computer scientists applied them metaphorically to the workings of their machines. And finally, their metaphorical status forgotten, the use of the terms was called as evidence of artificial intelligence in machines and the computational nature of conscious thought.


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Raymond Tallis was professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester until he left to become a full-time writer in 2006.

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