Brain Inspired
BI 115 Steve Grossberg: Conscious Mind, Resonant Brain

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Steve and I discuss his book Conscious Mind, Resonant Brain: How Each Brain Makes a Mind.  The book is a huge collection of his models and their predictions and explanations for a wide array of cognitive brain functions. Many of the models spring from his Adaptive Resonance Theory (ART) framework, which explains how networks of neurons deal with changing environments while maintaining self-organization and retaining learned knowledge. ART led Steve to the hypothesis that all conscious states are resonant states, which we discuss. There are also guest questions from György Buzsáki, Jay McClelland, and John Krakauer.

“Sweet Data Dreams” by Daphne Cornelisse.

0:00 – Intro
2:38 – Conscious Mind, Resonant Brain
11:49 – Theoretical method
15:54 – ART, learning, and consciousness
22:58 – Conscious vs. unconscious resonance
26:56 – Györy Buzsáki question
30:04 – Remaining mysteries in visual system
35:16 – John Krakauer question
39:12 – Jay McClelland question
51:34 – Any missing principles to explain human cognition?
1:00:16 – Importance of an early good career start
1:06:50 – Has modeling training caught up to experiment training?
1:17:12 – Universal development code