Quotation by Gerald M. Edelman

The analogy between the mind and a computer fails for many reasons. The brain is constructed by principles that assure diversity and degeneracy. Unlike a computer, it has no replicative memory. It is historical and value driven. It forms categories by internal criteria and by constraints acting at many scales, not by means of a syntactically constructed program. The world with which the brain interacts is not unequivocally made up of classical categories.
Gerald M. Edelman (b. 1928), U.S. biochemist, educator. "Layers and Loops," Bright Air, Brilliant Fire, Basic Books (1992).
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