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Old 09-22-2008, 04:34 PM   #46
Steven Lyle Jordan
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Originally Posted by axel77 View Post
Agreed, but why can't this be considered as a very sophisticated processong "device"? Altough unlilke most devices we build nowadays? How I see this, is the processing way you described is just much more random driven than one we would like to see a computer work with said data.
Sure, a brain can be called a "processing device." But its similarity to a machine processor ends there. Just as 2-dimensions are vaguely similar to but so incredibly limited in comparison to 3-dimensions, so the ability to count numbers that is the basis for all machine intelligence is vaguely similar to, but incredibly limited in comparison to, the way the human brain operates. In fact, calling a brain a "processor" at all is a lot like calling the International Space Station a "cave."

A brain and a machine can no more be directly compared to each other than a wheel and a wing can be directly compared to each other. Although both can do much the same tasks, they go about it in markedly different ways.
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