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Genes, Brains, and Human PotentialThe Science and Ideology of Intelligence$
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Ken Richardson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178426

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178426.001.0001

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How the Brain Makes Potential

How the Brain Makes Potential

(p.168) 6 How the Brain Makes Potential
Genes, Brains, and Human Potential

Ken Richardson

Columbia University Press

Chapter 6 describes how a “neural” system of intelligence emerged as more changeable environments were encountered. It contrasts the traditional mechanical and computational metaphors of brain functions (largely based on ideological preconceptions) with the emerging concepts of dynamical processes in neural networks. Only the latter can deal with rapidly changing, unpredictable environments. The chapter goes on to critique efforts to relate individual differences in IQ to differences in brain networks using MRI scanning and related methods.

Keywords:   brain metaphors, sensation, perception, neural networks, signal structure

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