FYI: Book Announcement (fwd)

Eugene Leitl (
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 11:22:30 +0200 (MET DST)

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This is a book which readers of bionet.neuroscience might find of=20
interest. For more information, please see:


The Cerebral Code
Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind
William H. Calvin

The Cerebral Code is a new understanding of how Darwinian processes=20
could operate in the brain to shape mental images in only seconds,=20
starting with shuffled memories no better than the jumble of our=20
nighttime dreams, but evolving into something of quality, such as a=20
sentence to speak aloud. Jung said that dreaming goes on continuously=20
but you can't see it when you are awake, just as you can't see the=20
stars in the daylight because it is too bright. Calvin's is a theory=20
for what goes on, hidden from view by the glare of waking mental=20
operations, that produces our peculiarly human type of consciousness=20
with its versatile intelligence.

As Piaget emphasized in 1929, intelligence is what we use when we=20
don't know what to do, when we have to grope rather than using a=20
standard response. Calvin tackles a mechanism for doing this=20
exploration and improvement offline, as we think before we act or=20
practice the art of good guessing.

Surprisingly, the subtitle's mosaics of the mind is not a literary=20
metaphor. For the first time, it is a description of a mechanism of=20
what appears to be an appropriate level of explanation for many mental=20
phenomena, that of hexagonal mosaics of electrical activity that=20
compete for territory in the association cortex of the brain. This=20
two-dimensional mosaic is predicted to grow and dissolve much as the=20
sugar crystals do in the bottom of a supersaturated glass of iced tea.

A Bradford Book
October 1996
6 x 9 =8B 248 pp.
ISBN 0-262-03241-4=20