The Specialist and the Map

Matthias Melcher, Apr 28, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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People have this metaphor of the map to understand the brain, and so they think there are 'areas' that correspond with particular sorts of knowledge. I don't think this is the case. Oh, sure, there is modularity on some very broad strokes, but get any more granular and there is no sense to the concept of a 'map' of the brain at all. Melcher notwithstanding, I think the map analogy misleads more than it illuminates.

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