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Are all brain functions computable?

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C Fonseka

Professor Emeritus, University of Kelaniya and University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

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.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v45i4.6574

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

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v45i4.6574
How to Cite: Fonseka, C., 2014. Are all brain functions computable?. Ceylon Medical Journal, 45(4), pp.156–157. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v45i4.6574
Published on 12 Feb 2014.
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