Discuss Mind Wide Open by Johnson

After discussing artificial intelligence we thought it would be good to discuss human brains! http://books.google.com/books/about/Mind_Wide_Open.html?id=Z2Q3PAAACAAJ

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  • Steph T.

    A great interactive discussion on the concepts of a multi-member brain, the author's organizational structure, and whether he should have remained in the 3rd person reporting-on, instead of participating-in the fMRI study explained in one of the chapters. Steven Johnson asserts a modern metaphor for the brain is "a Darwinian Ecosystem" which the author supports well. Our brains are composed of multiple systems many with direct access to sensory input. Each sub-system is vying for conscious attention in a manner similar to multiple species competing for scarce resources. The discussion last evening mirrored that metaphor as 5 of us from widely diverse backgrounds shared impressions of the material. For two hours we formed a dialog ecosystem and in that confluence examined the important points of the book. However, our discussion was measured and considerate in contrast to the cacophony that frequently occurs in our own minds. I look forward to our next dialog.

    February 24, 2013

  • Douglas H.

    We are working on the book, hope we can make it.

    February 18, 2013

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