How to build a brain: from function to implementation

@article{Eliasmith2007HowTB,
  title={How to build a brain: from function to implementation},
  author={Chris Eliasmith},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2007},
  volume={159},
  pages={373-388}
}
To have a fully integrated understanding of neurobiological systems, we must address two fundamental questions: 1. What do brains do (what is their function)? and 2. How do brains do whatever it is that they do (how is that function implemented)? I begin by arguing that these questions are necessarily inter-related. Thus, addressing one without consideration of an answer to the other, as is often done, is a mistake. I then describe what I take to be the best available approach to addressing… CONTINUE READING
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