Group: relationship between brain and behavior

topics > Group: science

artificial neuron nets
coordinated motor programs
coordinated movement
equal simplicity
reflex circle
sense perception
sensory prediction in coordinated motion
vitalism, the soul
artificial intelligence
natural language
parallel processing
philosophy of science

children vs. adults
intelligent machines
language and life as a game
limitations of artificial intelligence and cognitive science
man-machine symbiosis
metaphysics and epistemology
reality is a machine
philosophy of mind
pidgin and creole languages
self-regulating systems
thought is computational


What is the relationship between brain and behavior? Searle's view is that the brain is the cause of behavior and that consciousness and voluntary action is a simple fact. Mental events appear to be a property of the whole instead of individual processes.

Maturana and Varela's view is that behavior concerns the entire system in the form of an autopoietic machine. Dreyfus conjectures that mind may depend on the locomotive system. Simon sees the complexity of behavior as reflecting a complex environment. Reed sees it in the effects on the environment. Pattee sees it through an emphasis on continuous dynamical processes over discrete symbolic processes. Dyson and Penrose see it as an amplification of quantum choices.

Cherniak estimates the size of the brain and observes that its design must be representable in DNA. This looks way off. How can DNA be everything? More likely it's DNA in interaction with reality. (cbb 6/94)

Subtopic: mind vs. body up

Quote: although flesh contains the mind, mind and flesh are closer bound than contents and container

Subtopic: mind from body up

Quote: mind stays true to type; if the mind was deathless and changeable, deer might attack hounds, hawk flee doves, man lack logic [»lucr_55]
Quote: nothing is born for our use; rather, that which is borne creates its own use; the tongue predates the word [»lucr_55]

Subtopic: mind from nervous system up

Quote: everything that matters to our mental life is caused by the nervous system; no mental events from outside events that do not effect the brain [»searJR_1984]
Quote: in general, our commonsense, mentalistic conception of ourselves is consistent with nature as a physical system [»searJR_1984]
Quote: we cannot discover that we do not have minds with conscious, subjective mental states, nor that we do not at least try to engage in voluntary action

Subtopic: mind not from nervous system up

Quote: mental events are not particular, neuro-physiological processes because an event, e.g., money, has too much physical variability [»searJR_1984]

Subtopic: learning up

Quote: learning is the continuous change in the capacity of the nervous system to produce behavior; not the accumulation of representations [»matuHR_1980]

Subtopic: nervous system vs. motor system up

Quote: the work of the central nervous system may depend on the locomotive system; i.e., intelligence derived from locomotion [»dreyHL_1979]
Quote: theory of indirect action: act on our environment by causing our bodies to move [»reedES_1984]
Quote: is the brain or the muscle the ruling Tzar when you jump, walk, and run? [»bernNA_1947]

Subtopic: emotion due to body up

Quote: emotion is closely tied to its bodily symptoms; the trembling lips of fear, the flushed face of rage [»jameW_1890, OK]

Subtopic: dynamics vs. symbols up

Quote: Complementarity Principle for living systems--nature uses dynamics to the fullest while symbols used sparingly for direction and simplification [»turvMT_1984]

Subtopic: mind is referential up

Quote: if use purpose or function, can not characterize living systems as autonomous entities; intrinsically referential [»matuHR_1980]

Subtopic: reason is symbolic up

Quote: reason is nothing but adding and subtracting the consequences of general names; marking when we think, and signifying when we communicate [»hobbT_1651, OK]

Subtopic: complexity due to environment up

Quote: the complexity of an ant's behavior is due to its environment; perhaps the same holds for humans [»simoHA_1981]
Quote: science of the artificial--identify the characteristics of a goal and hence predict behavior; few assumptions about organism or environment [»simoHA_1981]
Quote: consider a person's memory as part of his/her environment [»simoHA_1981]

Subtopic: mind as quantum choices up

Quote: our brains appear to be devices for amplifying the mental component of quantum choices made by molecules inside our heads [»dysoF_1988]
Quote: perhaps mind is quantum gravity selecting one of many superpositioned alternatives [»penrR_1989]

Subtopic: size of brain up

Quote: estimates that the brain contains about 5 x 10^13 synapses or about one million per cognitive/perceptual element [»cherC5_1988]
Quote: the brain's design must be representable in DNA; i.e. less than 3 billion base units; much smaller than SDI software [»cherC5_1988]
Quote: the cognitive/perceptual/motor system contains about three million items [»cherC5_1988]

Subtopic: localization of brain function up

Quote: localization is the anatomical interrelationships between brain functions; i.e., the organization of neural activity? [»bernN_1935]

Group: relationship between brain and behavior up

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