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Are all brain functions computable?


C Fonseka

Professor Emeritus, University of Kelaniya and University of Colombo, LK
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Background Whether the human brain is nothing but an advanced computer is a matter of inconclusive debate. This paper contributes to that debate.

Method Critical reasoning based on evidence provided by the history of a woman who complained of amnesia after each of two separate acts of attempted suicide.

Findings A life-threatening tendency (suicidal impulses) may be countered by a functional imperfection (selective amnesia) or a feigned malfunction (malingering).

Interpretation Some aspects of brain function may depend on operations that no hitherto invented computer can duplicate.



Ceylon Medical Journal 2000; 45(4): 156-157

How to Cite: Fonseka, C., 2014. Are all brain functions computable?. Ceylon Medical Journal, 45(4), pp.156–157. DOI:
Published on 12 Feb 2014.
Peer Reviewed


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