Brain from 25,000 Feet High Level Explorations of Brain Complexity, Perception, Induction and Vagueness

ISBN-10: 1402011768

ISBN-13: 9781402011764

Edition: 2003

Authors: Mark A. Changizi

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In this work, Mark Changizi defends a non-reductionist philosophy and applies it to a variety of problems in the brain sciences. The author tackles such questions as why the brain is folded, and why animals have as many limbs as they do, explaining how these relate to principles of network optimality.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 3/31/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 330
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Mark Changizi is an evolutionary neurobiologist aiming to grasp the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do. His research focuses on "why" questions, and he has made important discoveries such as on why we see in color, why we see illusions, why we have forward-facing eyes, why letters are shaped as they are, why the brain is organized as it is, why animals have as many limbs and fingers as they do, and why the dictionary is organized as it is. He attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and then went on to the University of Virginia for a degree in physics and mathematics, and to the University of Maryland for a PhD in math. In 2002, he won a prestigious Sloan-Swartz Fellowship in Theoretical Neurobiology at Caltech, and in 2007, he became an assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2010, he took the post of Director of Human Cognition at a new research institute called 2ai Labs. He has more than 30 scientific journal articles, some of which have been covered in news venues such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Wired. He has written three books, "THE BRAIN FROM 25,000 FEET" (Kluwer 2003), "THE VISION REVOLUTION" (BenBella 2009) and "HARNESSED: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man"(Benbella 2011).

Preface
Scaling in Nervous Networks
Inevitability of Illusions
Induction and Innateness
Consequences of a Finite Brain
Bibliography
Index
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