RE: Neural darwinism (Re: Human intelligence is obviously absurd)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat Jan 29 2005 - 07:33:04 MST

> If you think about how you're going to copy these
> patterns, and how you're going to vary and/or
> breed them, and evaluate them, and choose the best
> ones and preferentially copy those, you start
> seeing a huge overhead imposed.

True, but the brain is known to be highly inefficient in many many areas,
e.g. (to choose a simple example) motion-direction detection neurons that
are off by 80 degrees on average but are correct en masse due to averaging

> Evaluating a
> single prospective program requires
> passing it through every related cortex area,
> meaning that you need duplication not only in
> the area being evaluated, but in ALL areas, because
> you assume all the competing programs are being
> evaluated in parallel. Also important is that
> you cannot evolve concepts in multiple cortical
> areas at the same time.



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