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ERIC Number: ED298940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Pages: 8
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On Flying to the Starting Line But Walking the Race: An Illumination of the Computer-Mind Metaphor.
Elliott, John D.
This essay considers whether the brain can accelerate the speed with which it absorbs or dispenses information in ways similar to those of a computer, and, if so, whether any of these speed-up approaches increase the speed of the processing of the information in the brain. It is suggested that there are tasks for which speed is important in both cybernetic and human information processing, and that the brain uses concepts, pronouns, and metaphors to speed up information processing in much the same way as the computer uses a shortened program, a lower level language, or a change in the central processing unit. In addition, the human and the computer can work in parallel, with the computer performing lower level tasks, while the human decides priorities or performs other tasks of higher level thinking. It is concluded that the human information processor and the computer are metaphors for each other, and that their relationships are equations rather than vectors since they can be mutually influential. (EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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