Which functions performed by the brain equal which parts/functions of a computer? For example, human memories are like data saved to a hard drive?


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  • $\begingroup$ The computer is partially similar to how we think that we think, based on old conjectures, which were proven to be false after computers emerged. If this topic stays I will expand it. But first thing to understand is "forgetting". If there is no indication that memory will be tampered (by drugs, fight mode) we do not forget, we lose fast retreival of data. $\endgroup$ – Evil Feb 20 '16 at 22:50

Whether human brain is or is not same as a Turing Machine has not been proven yet. There is a famous unsolved Church Turing Thesis. It still remains a hypothesis till today.

Also the comparison of memory to hard drive aka tape of Turing Machine is not correct. Just as tape of Turing Machine is infinite, a human brain (which has finite memory size) also can use infinite memory by writing down information in potentially infinite number of pieces of paper. Just like what you do for long multiplications, you do not keep all the intermediate numbers calculated in memory but write down on the paper.

  • $\begingroup$ Memory adjusts to needs, it increases, so it is finite, but resizeable. And second thing - we do remember far beyond access - but from slowly accessible or not available on demand it does not mean that it is not stored - extraction is possible. I like your answer. $\endgroup$ – Evil Feb 20 '16 at 22:45

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