The empty brain by Robert Epstein

header_ESSAY-GS3522985.jpgArticle in AEON by Robert Epstein on why our brains should resist the IP metaphor.

In Liane Gabora’s “Regenge of the Neurds” the same argument is being made:

In a computer memory each possible input is stored in a unique address. Retrieval is thus a matter of looking at the address in the address register and fetching the item at the specified location. Since there is no overlap of representations, there is no means of creatively forging new associations based on newly perceived similarities.


Gabora, L., 2010, ‘Revenge of the ‘neurds’: Characterizing creative thought in terms of
the structure and dynamics of human memory’. Creativity Research Journal, 22(1), 1-13.

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