Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Pages 1-19
  3. Pages 91-98
  4. Robert Hecht-Nielsen, Robert W. Means, Kate Mark, Syrus C. Nemat-Nasser, Luke Barrington, Andrew Smith
    Pages 117-137
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-245

About this book


Confabulation theory offers the first complete detailed explanation of the mechanism of cognition, i.e., thinking, an essential information processing capability of all enbrained Earth animals (bees, octopi, trout, ravens, humans, et al.). Concentrating on the human case, this book offers an hypothesis for the neuronal implementation of cognition, and explores the mathematics and methods of application of its mechanism. Thinking turns out to be starkly alien in comparison with all known technological approaches to information processing. While probably not yet scientifically testable, confabulation theory seems consistent with the facts of neuroscience. Beyond science, any complete detailed explanation of cognition can be investigated by applying it technologically. Multiple experiments of this nature are described in this book in complete detail. The results suggest that confabulation theory can provide the universal platform for building intelligent machines. In short, this book explains how thinking works and establishes the foundation for building machines that think.
Because of the theory’s implications for philosophy, education, medicine, anthropology and social science, this book will also be of interest to scientists in those domains.


Attractor neural network Cerebral cortex Cogency Confabulation Human and animal cognition Knowledge links Neuroscience Symbolic representations Thalamocortical modules Thalamus Thought cognition information processing

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Hecht-Nielsen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-49603-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-49605-2
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