[Fwd: Computers and Human Brain]

Robert Owen (rowen@technologist.com)
Thu, 07 Oct 1999 09:34:23 -0400

Arun-Kumar Tripathi wrote:

> Artificial Intelligence in Education
> Dear ArEd Lists,
> I would like to put some of my thoughts on the Computers and Human
> brain...
> Computers are usually sequentially binary devices, human brains are often
> parallel multidimensional devices which employ fuzzy logic.
> The designs of computers are known and so computer functioning can be
> measured according to known designs, human brains were designed through
> evolution and their designs are not well known corresponding to difficulty
> of measurement according to design.
> There are few evolutionary, genetic, cultural, psychological, etc. direct
> influences on computer functioning, and many such influences on human
> brain functioning.
> Computers usually process without conflict and new learnings according to
> conflict, human brains often process within conflict and gain new
> learnings accordingly. Human brains are self aware, computers usually not.
> Computer functioning can often be measured without the functioning being
> hindered, measuring the functioning of a human brain often alters the
> functioning of the brain.
> We know or can know how computers work, we do not know but are coming to
> know (though incompletey) how the human brain works!
> Gordon Pask, Heinz von Foerster, and Humberto Matturana, among many
> others, have experimented and written on the subject.
> I would like to welcome any thoughts on above!!
> Sincerely
> Arun Tripathi
> University of Dortmund
> Germany

Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA