Neural Edelmanism

  title={Neural Edelmanism},
  author={Francis H. C. Crick},
  journal={Trends in Neurosciences},
  • F. Crick
  • Published 31 December 1989
  • Biology
  • Trends in Neurosciences

Darwin's neuroscientist: Gerald M. Edelman, 1929–2014

A Nobel laureate at the age of 43, a pioneer in immunology, embryology, molecular biology, and neuroscience, a shrewd political operator, and a Renaissance man of striking erudition who displayed a masterful knowledge of science, music, literature, and the visual arts who at one time could have been a concert violinist.

Function, selection, and construction in the brain

It is argued that neural selection should be construed, by the selected effect theorist, as a distinct type of function-bestowing process in addition to natural selection.

Learning by selection in the trion model of cortical organization.

It is suggested that some form of instructional learning (in which connectivities are finely tuned) is present for difficult tasks requiring many trials, whereas very rapid learning involves selectional learning.

Is Neural Darwinism Darwinism?

One of Edelman's early computer experiments, Darwin I, is revisited, and it is shown that adding replication greatly improves the adaptive power of the system.

Neural networks and evolutionary computation. Part II: hybrid approaches in the neurosciences

  • Gerhard Weiss
  • Biology, Computer Science
    Proceedings of the First IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation. IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence
  • 1994
An overview of hybrid work done in the neurosciences is provided, and neuroscientific theories that are bridging the gap between neural and evolutionary computation are surveyed.

Promethean Evolution: A Comparison of the Immune and Neural Systems

  • A. Silverstein
  • Biology, Psychology
    Perspectives in biology and medicine
  • 2014
This article compares the two systems in terms of the familiar parlance of immunology—specificity, repertoire, degeneracy, memory, mediators, pathways, and genetics—to show that they differ in most respects, except insofar as they may utilize some of the same agents, many of which participate in the normal functions of other tissues and systems of the body.

What Caiì We Learii from the First Evolutionary Simulation Model?

A simple computer program dating from the first half of the nineteenth century is presented as the earliest known example of an evolutionary simulation model. The model is described in detail and its

The neural basis of cognitive development: A constructivist manifesto

Neural constructivism suggests that the evolutionary emergence of neocortex in mammals is a progression toward more flexible representational structures, in contrast to the popular view of cortical evolution as an increase in innate, specialized circuits.


This view of the mind allows a simpler explanation of how the mind could evolve in nature since the model does not assume that the mind inherits a huge amount of specialized computational abilities.