2014 Statutory Public Lecture of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS which will take place in UCD on Monday 19th May at 7:30pm.
Professor Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
We know that creatures like us have two separate systems for processing information, the genome and the brain. We know that the genome is digital, and we can accurately transcribe our genomes onto digital machines. We cannot transcribe our brains, and the processing of information in our brains is still a great mystery. I will be talking about real brains and real people, asking a question that will have practical consequences when we are able to answer it. I am not able to answer it now. All I can do is to examine the evidence and explain why I consider it probable that the answer will be that brains are analog.
Lecture is free but registration essential.
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