more from G Edelman / G Tononi

Single Idea 5793

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 2. Origin of Concepts / a. Origin of concepts]

Full Idea

When you get maps all over the brain signalling to each other by reentry you have what Edelman calls 'global mapping', and this allows the system not only to have perceptual categories and generalisation, but also to coordinate perception and action.


'Reentry' is interchange of signals in the brain

Gist of Idea

Concepts and generalisations result from brain 'global mapping' by 'reentry'


report of G Edelman / G Tononi (Consciousness: matter becomes imagination [2000]) by John Searle - The Mystery of Consciousness Ch.3

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Mystery of Consciousness' [Granta 1997], p.42

A Reaction

This is the nearest we have got to a proper scientific account of thought (as opposed to untested speculation about Turing machines). Something like this account must be right. A concept is a sustained process, not a static item.