Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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I Promethean, bound deeply and fluidly among the brain's associative robotic networks

Robert B. Glassman a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

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Merker's insightful broad review fertilely recasts the mind/brain issue, but the phenomenological appeals require additional considerations of behavioral and neural flexibility. Motor equivalences and perceptual constancies may be cortical contributions to a “robotic” tectal orientation mechanism. Intermediate “third layers” of associative neural networks, each with a few diffusely summing convergence-divergence modules, may be the economical expedient by which evolution has extended the limited unity-in-diversity of sensorimotor coordination to perception, action, thinking, and memory.

(Published Online May 1 2007)