Neural Darwinism

Neural Darwinism : Theory of Neuronal Group Selection

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This work presents a radical new view of the function of the brain and nervous system. It suggests that the nervous system in each individual operates as a selective system resembling natural selection in evolution but operating different mechanisms. By providing a fundamental neural basis for categorization of the things of the world it unifies perception, action and learning. This theory revises our view of memory, considering it as a dynamic process of recategorization which has implications for the various psychological states from attention to dreaming. It will stimulate discussion about the mind-body problem, the origins of knowledge and the perceptual bases of language. The author won the 1972 Nobel Prize for Physiology of more

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  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 155 x 235mm | 586g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • tables, line drawings, 1 colour illustration, bibliography, index
  • 0192860895
  • 9780192860897

Table of contents

Part 1 Somatic selection: structure, function, perception; neuronal group selection. Part 2 Epigenetic mechanisms: developmental bases of diversity - CAM; cellular dynamics of neural maps; evolution and function of distributed systems; synapses as populations - postsynaptic rule. Part 3 Global functions: action and perception; selective networks and recognition automata; selection, learning and more

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