Brain Inspired
Brain Inspired
BI 113 David Barack and John Krakauer: Two Views On Cognition

Support the show to get full episodes and join the Discord community.

David and John discuss some of the concepts from their recent paper Two Views on the Cognitive Brain, in which they argue the recent population-based dynamical systems approach is a promising route to understanding brain activity underpinning higher cognition. We discuss mental representations, the kinds of dynamical objects being used for explanation, and much more, including David’s perspectives as a practicing neuroscientist and philosopher.

“Juggling Philosophy and Neuroscience” by Daphne Cornelisse.


0:00 – Intro
3:13 – David’s philosophy and neuroscience experience
20:01 – Renaissance person
24:36 – John’s medical training
31:58 – Two Views on the Cognitive Brain
44:18 – Representation
49:37 – Studying populations of neurons
1:05:17 – What counts as representation
1:18:49 – Does this approach matter for AI?