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The Cerebral Code Thinking and Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind 1998

The Cerebral Code Thinking and Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind 1998

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Published by Roberto Arregui

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Published by: Roberto Arregui on Dec 04, 2010
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February 1998ISBN 0-262-53154-2264 pp.$24.00/£15.95 (PAPER)
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The Cerebral Code
Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind
William H. CalvinPrologueAct IThe Representation Problem and the Copying SolutionCloning in Cerebral CortexA Compressed Code EmergesManaging the Cerebral CommonsResonating with Your Chaotic MemoriesPartitioning the PlayfieldIntermission NotesAct IIThe Brownian NotionConvergence Zones with a Hint of SexChimes on the Quarter Hour10 The Making of Metaphor11 Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the MindAfterthoughtsGlossary and Brief TutorialsRecommended ReadingNotesThe AuthorAbout the Artists
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 Prologue
There may be nothing new under the sun, tut
permutation of the old within complex systemscan do wonders.
STEPHEN JAY GOULD, 1977
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HIS IS A BOOK about thought, memory, creativity, consciousness, narrative, talking to oneself, and even dreaming. Ina book that parallels this one,
How Brains Think,
I exploredthose subjects in a general way but here I treat them as some of thepredicted outcomes of a detailed darwinian theory for how ourcerebral cortex represents mental images — and occasionallyrecombines them, to create something new and different.This book proposes how darwinian processes could operate inthe brain to shape up mental images. Starting with shuffledmemories no better than the jumble of our nighttime dreams, amental image can evolve into something of quality, such as asentence to speak aloud. Jung said that dreaming goes on continuously but you can't see it when you are awake, just as you can'tsee the stars in the daylight because the sky is too bright. Mine isa theory for what goes on, hidden from view by the glare of waking mental operations, that produces our peculiarly humantype of consciousness with its versatile intelligence. As Piagetemphasized, intelligence is what we use when we don't knowwhat to do, when we have to grope rather than using a standardresponse. In this book, I tackle a mechanism for doing thisexploration and improvement offline, how we think before we actand how we practice the art of good guessing.

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