Gerhard Werner

Dr. Gerhard Werner is a neuroscientist who began his career in the 1940s and is still teaching and publishing provocative material at eighty-five years of age. From his paper, Perspectives on the Neuroscience of Cognition and Consciousness:

Dare I ask an impertinent question: "What is consciousness without the world?" Could it be contingent on levels of interactivity, rather than exclusively the capacity of a brain in isolation?

Werner surveys the development of the fields of Computational, Cognitive and Theoretical Neuroscience with a critical view. He offers breadth and insight from an interdisciplinary career and suggests historical directions in cybernetics left some promising alternative theories undeveloped.

Also available on PDF is The Siren Call of Metaphor: Subverting the Proper Task of System Neuroscience, published in the Journal of Integrative Neuroscience.

Like many writers, he's interested in comments and discussion - discuss AI with one of the developers of the "Digital Brain." If only he kept a blog, too.



Blogger razorsmile said...

What is consciousness without the world?

Oooh, that's a good one. Much food for thought.

21/4/06 19:07  

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