Is the Brain a Chemical Computer?

  • G. Ungar
Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 6)


A widely prevailing view of the nervous system today is that it operates by constant monitoring of the environment and by “simulating”, in the manner of a computer, the relations of the organism with its universe. Like the previous models proposed for the nervous system (hydraulic machine, clockwork, telephone switchboard), the computer reflects the technological stage reached by society. It represents a considerable advance over its immediate predecessor, the switchboard, which could only transmit and direct the flow of information without actually “processing” it.


Chemical Computer Postsynaptic Site Hydraulic Machine Technological Stage Affective Tone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Ungar
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  1. 1.Baylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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