Neuroscience Can't Explain How a Microprocessor Works

mspohr writes: The Economist has an interesting story about two neuroscientists/engineers — Eric Jonas of the University of California, Berkeley, and Konrad Kording of Northwestern University, in Chicago — who decided to test the methods of neuroscience using a 6502 processor. Their results are published in the PLOS Computational Biology journal. Neuroscientists explore how the brain works by looking at damaged brains and monitoring inputs and outputs to try to infer intermediate processing. They did the same with the 6502 processor which was used in early Atari, Apple and Commodore computers. What they discovered was that these methods were sorely lacking in that they often pointed in the wrong direction and missed important processing steps.

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