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By Gary Lynch

During this groundbreaking examine the evolution of our brains, eminent neuroscientists Gary Lynch and Richard Granger discover the mysteries of the outsizeintelligence of our ancestors, who had higher brains than people residing this day. Weaving jointly heritage, technology, and the newest theories of synthetic intelligence,Lynch and Granger demystify the complexities of our brains, and express us howour reminiscence, cognition, andintelligence really functionality, in addition to what mechanisms within the mind can in all probability be greater, bettering at the present design.Author of The Emotional mind, Joseph LeDoux praised it as"provocative and fascinating," and, writing within the New Scientist, Willian Calvin known as it "a well known account of the way brains magnify, in either evolutionary and developmental phrases" and "amuch wanted book."

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Break egg into bowl, remove egg yolk”). Since the instructions in the blueprint are very short compared to the complexity of the organism they are building, those short instructions are stereotyped; always carried out the same way. New instructions can be substituted wholesale (“bake a pie” instead of “bake a cake”), but the internal instructions within the shorthand are highly limited in their modifiability. By and large, the whole “script” for cake-baking has to be run every time that instruction is seen.

The answers begin with attention to how neurons in the brain are connected to each other. The circuit architectures within the brain come in two distinct flavors: point-to-point and random-access. These two kinds of connection patterns can be readily pictured by comparing analog and digital cameras. The analog version stores images as a pattern of tiny grains of light-sensitive silver, embedded in slightly gooey plastic. Each image stored on film is a direct replica of the visual image. You can physically look at the film and see an accurate pointto-point facsimile of the scene.

The names of these codes are familiar—the images on the internet may be “jpegs” or “gifs” or “tiffs” or “pdfs”. Each is its own, sometimes secret code. You can’t view the code of one kind using the algorithms for another. No amount of staring at the chip will enable you to see the image; it is encoded, and must be decoded to be viewed. This is the general nature of “random access” mapping. A comparable distinction is found in sound recording. A magnetic tape creates a direct point-to-point analog of the sequence of frequencies in a sound wave.

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