Often we are told that the brain can be modeled as if it is made up of the same pieces repeated over and over. We are told that the brain will be reverse engineered by simulating these repeating structures. The blue brain project is one example. Another is Terry Sejnowski who spoke at the singularity summit and is trying to simulate the brain neuron by neuron. If that were the case, wouldn't it make sense that the brain would distribute gene expression evenly throughout?
The Allen Institute for Brain Science paints a different picture though. http://www.brain-map.org/ http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/9/153/figure/F2?highres=y http://mouse.brain-map.org/pdf/InformaticsDataProcessing.pdf (Page 8 has a particularly cool picture) It is my theory that the brain has built in heuristics for processing everything from perceptual processing to pattern analysis. This genetic map is proof that gene expression is affecting the way in which different parts of the brain process data. As a result, this seems inconsistent with the idea that the brain processes all input in similar ways, such as doing pattern analysis. Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. I can also elaborate on why it needs to process information using heuristics, which gives me very strong reasons for preferring this interpretation over other the uniform brain idea. Dave ------------------------------------------- AGI Archives: https://www.listbox.com/member/archive/303/=now RSS Feed: https://www.listbox.com/member/archive/rss/303/8660244-d750797a Modify Your Subscription: https://www.listbox.com/member/?member_id=8660244&id_secret=8660244-6e7fb59c Powered by Listbox: http://www.listbox.com