Confabulation theory addresses a pressing scientific question: How does
brain information processing, or cognition, work? Cognition is an outgrowth
of movement: brain modules, discrete bodies of neuronal tissue which
function like muscles, evolved specifically to exploit pre-existing
neuronal muscle-control mechanisms and were successfully redeployed to
carry out all types of cognition in macroscopic animals.
Each brain module describes one attribute, via activation of one of many
symbols, collections of specialized neurons. An individual axonal knowledge
link unidirectionally connects a source symbol in a module with a second
meaningfully co-occurring target symbol in a second module. A module
receiving knowledge links from symbols on other modules can be commanded to
'contract,' confabulate, yielding a single active conclusion symbol.
Multiconfabulation, multiple modules confabulating while mutually
communicating via knowledge links, involves massively parallel application
of knowledge links.
This book offers the first detailed, comprehensible scientific presentation
of the theory. With only elementary mathematics as a prerequisite,
technologists, scientists, and the educated public will find the book
accessible. The attached DVDs provide courseware, including an extended
introductory video lecture presenting the theory.