Category: Functional Brain Theory

Exploring Intelligence – Creative Minds

via GIPHY I was excited to find that Jeff Hawkins touched on the topic of creativity in his book On Intelligence. I think creativity is often highly misunderstood in our current culture. We think doing anything differently than it has been done before is creative. Yet our brain is primed to find patterns. Creativity can…
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Exploring Intelligence Predictions

Exploring Intelligence – Predictions

Why is our brain primed for patterns and relationships? What does focusing on those aspects and ignoring some of the nitty-gritty details of input have to add to our intelligence? Focusing on patterns and relationships allows us to make predictions. This is done continually by our brain, in the background. If a prediction is violated,…
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Exploring Intelligence Magic of Memory

Exploring Intelligence – The Magic of Memory

Why is the human brain faster at solving problems than a computer? Why can we engage in simple tasks like clicking on a picture if it contains a flower, yet a computer cannot? It has long been believed that computers are just not fast enough or small enough to do the things the human brain…
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Exploring Intelligence - The Neocortex

Exploring Intelligence – Neocortex

One of the most interesting things about the neocortex is that it has the same structure throughout. We have often mapped the brain by function, hoping this would reveal information about the how the brain works. Although we can map different cognitive activities to different areas of the brain, we also know that the map is changeable.

Exploring Intelligence

Exploring Intelligence

Ignoring what is going on inside the head while instead putting all our focus on external behavior keeps us from understanding intelligence.