RE: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators

Gatherer, D. (
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 09:44:05 +0200

Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 09:44:05 +0200
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators
To: "''" <>

>This is where you are going wrong, Chris.. The fact that our brains are
>nets of neurons does not
>a) imply that they are neural nets in the strict AI sense.

I was not talking in a strict AI sense, I was talking in the neurological
sense of neural networks where groups of neurons act as 'one' through
synchronised firing and these groups process 'data' irrespective of the
sensory source.

Okay. let's see if this then allows a logical step to the second stage of
your hypothesis.


The abstraction follows from the neurologically well determined distinctions
(and for that matter well documented) of 'what' from 'where' processing in
the brain. I can give you chapter and verse on this going back years.

That would be interesting. What is the single reference that most
encapsulates this idea?

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