"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

These Fellows Will Be a Monkey's Uncle

The arxiv paper Cortical Columns for Quick Brains is at once both instructive and amusing. Instructive because it does provide a service in putting to bed a favorite "meme" (blasted word) of the artificial "intelligence" crowd. That is to say, that the neuronal organization may be modeled in re to a sort of super sophisticated computer. (That disgusting notion which has stuck in my craw as far back as I can remember.)
Amusing because true to form and predictably the researchers next set out to adopt the craze of chaos theory to their investigation. Its all fractals, don't you know? Thus nerdom will out again...

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