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Principles of Neural Design

Author : ,

ISBN10 : 0262327325

Publisher : MIT Press

Number of Pages : 568

Category : Science

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Book Summary: Two distinguished neuroscientists distil general principles from more than a century of scientific study, “reverse engineering” the brain to understand its design. Neuroscience research has exploded, with more than fifty thousand neuroscientists applying increasingly advanced methods. A mountain of new facts and mechanisms has emerged. And yet a principled framework to organize this knowledge has been missing. In this book, Peter Sterling and Simon Laughlin, two leading neuroscientists, strive to fill this gap, outlining a set of organizing principles to explain the whys of neural design that allow the brain to compute so efficiently. Setting out to “reverse engineer” the brain—disassembling it to understand it—Sterling and Laughlin first consider why an animal should need a brain, tracing computational abilities from bacterium to protozoan to worm. They examine bigger brains and the advantages of “anticipatory regulation”; identify constraints on neural design and the need to “nanofy”; and demonstrate the routes to efficiency in an integrated molecular system, phototransduction. They show that the principles of neural design at finer scales and lower levels apply at larger scales and higher levels; describe neural wiring efficiency; and discuss learning as a principle of biological design that includes “save only what is needed.” Sterling and Laughlin avoid speculation about how the brain might work and endeavor to make sense of what is already known. Their distinctive contribution is to gather a coherent set of basic rules and exemplify them across spatial and functional scales.

The Biological Mind

Author : Alan Jasanoff

ISBN10 : 154164431X

Publisher : Basic Books

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Psychology

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Book Summary: A pioneering neuroscientist argues that we are more than our brains To many, the brain is the seat of personal identity and autonomy. But the way we talk about the brain is often rooted more in mystical conceptions of the soul than in scientific fact. This blinds us to the physical realities of mental function. We ignore bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals in the blood to bacteria in the gut, and overlook the ways that the environment affects our behavior, via factors varying from subconscious sights and sounds to the weather. As a result, we alternately overestimate our capacity for free will or equate brains to inorganic machines like computers. But a brain is neither a soul nor an electrical network: it is a bodily organ, and it cannot be separated from its surroundings. Our selves aren't just inside our heads--they're spread throughout our bodies and beyond. Only once we come to terms with this can we grasp the true nature of our humanity.

Night Film

Author : Marisha Pessl

ISBN10 : 030736822X

Publisher : Bond Street Books

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1933

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Book Summary: On a damp October night, the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. By all appearances her death is a suicide--but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. Though much has been written about the dark and unsettling films of Ashley's father, Stanislas Cordova, very little is known about the man himself. As McGrath pieces together the mystery of Ashley's death, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City and the twisted world of Stanislas Cordova, and he begins to wonder--is he the next victim? In this novel, the dazzlingly inventive writer Marisha Pessl offers a breathtaking mystery that will hold you in suspense until the last page is turned.

ألغاز معقدة Complex puzzles

Author : د.محمد محمد كذلك

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Publisher : mohammed mohammed kazlak

Number of Pages : 150

Category : Games & Activities

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Book Summary: هذا الكتاب مشتق من " الألغاز المنمنة puzzle miniatures " , وهي تحديات صعبة تبدو بسيطة ، ولكن حلولها ليست بهذه البساطة. ويقدم هذا الكتاب أكثر من 100 من هذه "الألغاز المنمنة" المختلفة الأنواع تشمل: تجميع ، رياضي ، منطقي ، بصري ، مكاني ، عدد ، كلمة ، تشريح ، قسمة ، ربط نقطة ، عود ثقاب ، عملة ، وبعض الأنواع الأخرى من التحديات والمسابقات الذهنية. هذه المجموعة سوف تجلب العديد من اللحظات الممتعة وسعيدة لكل من يتعامل معها.