No, Your Brain is NOT a Computer… it’s BETTER! (Part 3)


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The brain is faster than Google, more secure than Apple, and more adaptable than Linux. 🤯 We should stop comparing brains and computers… no really!
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Metaphors have been used to describe the intangible human experience for as long as history has been recorded. When it comes to describing the brain we’ve tried clocks, water-balanced mechanisms, mechanical robots, and today we use technology! And yet, none of these metaphors are right (or even close, really). Find out more!
0:00 Metaphorically speaking
4:14 Is the brain a computer?
6:12 Spike, Computer, Action!
7:44 Writing to the brain
13:28 ‘First’ Fist Bump

How do #BrainComputerInterfaces actually read data from the brain? What is the language of the brain? How can we learn to speak that language? What’s the best way to control a prosthetic arm, or to become a cyborg? In this series, I look at these advanced pieces of BCI technology & talk to biomedical engineering experts about EEG, fMRI, ECoG, & all the technologies we use to read what the brain is doing while hidden inside our skull. This series is all about how we can #UpgradeYourBrain! Stick around for all the episodes and click here to subscribe so you don’t miss any:

🤯SERIES LINKS: #UpgradeTheBrain
PART I 🧠 Connecting to the brain!
PART II 🤔 Language of the Brain
PART III 👩‍💻 Brains are not computers
PART IV 💾 Download from the brain?

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Tech Metaphors Are Holding Back Brain Research
It’s easy to assume that the seat of human intelligence is similar to our increasingly smart devices. But that idea could be misdirecting neuroscience.

Metaphors and Historical Conceptions of the Brain 
"The brain, the masterpiece of creation, is almost unknown to us." — Nicolaus Steno, 1669

The computer as a metaphor for psychological inquiry: Considerations and recommendations
My concern is with the computer as a metaphor for explaining perception and action. A representative sample of arguments for and against the paradigm are presented and evaluated. The conclusion is that the idea of computation is productive for achieving a functionalist description of how we perceive and act.

The empty brain: Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer 
No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies of words, pictures, grammatical rules or any other kinds of environmental stimuli. The human brain isn’t really empty, of course. But it does not contain most of the things people think it does – not even simple things such as ‘memories’.

The Language Of The Brain 
OUR BRAINS ARE BETTER THAN GOOGLE OR THE BEST ROBOT FROM iROBOT. We can instantly search through a vast wealth of experiences and emotions. We can immediately recognize the face of a parent, spouse, friend or pet, whether in daylight, darkness, from above or sideways—a task that the computer vision system built into the most sophisticated robots can accomplish only haltingly.

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