Mapping the Mind, The Secrets of Human Brain and How it Works
Joel Davis, 1997

What???
When I read
that sentence , I almost fell off the chair. A little later, the point is clarified that Davis was talking about the number of possible interconnection states, assuming that each synapse is characterized as binary, in other words, 2 to the power of the number of synapses in the brain. THAT number would be as big as described. But that is not what the sentence says.

This little scenario summarizes my response to this book. The first chapter is little more than hype about how wonderful the brain is. Oh, yes, there is a lot of information about government funding programs. I didn't get much farther than that. It IS the first time I have seen a listing of the isotopes used in neural imaging . But why is there an appendix with a periodic table of the elements ?


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