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Foreword

Few developments in the brain sciences over the past 20 years have been as crucial as the steady eradication of the brain-as-computer metaphor that dominated so much of our thinking about thinking in the ’60s and ’70s. Partly the metaphor declined because artificial intelligence turned out to be a vastly more complicated affair than we imagined; partly it declined because we developed new tools for understanding and visualizing the biology of the brain, which didn’t look like a microprocessor after all; partly it declined because an influential group of scientists began exploring the vital role of emotion in brain function. It’s true the brain contains elements that resemble logic gates of digital ....


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