• The Brain from Inside Out

  • By: Gyorgy Buzsaki
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Is there a right way to study how the brain works? The most common approach involves the study of neural reactions to stimuli presented by an experimenter.

György Buzsáki's The Brain from Inside Out examines why the outside-in framework for understanding brain function has become stagnant and points to new directions for understanding neural function. Building upon the success of 2011's Rhythms of the Brain, Professor Buzsáki presents the brain as a foretelling device that interacts with its environment through action and the examination of action's consequence. Consider that our brains are initially filled with nonsense patterns, all of which are gibberish until grounded by action-based interactions. By matching these nonsense "words" to the outcomes of action, they acquire meaning. Once its circuits are "calibrated" by action and experience, the brain can disengage from its sensors and actuators, and examine "what happens if" scenarios by peeking into its own computation, a process that we refer to as cognition.

The Brain from Inside Out explains why our brain is not an information-absorbing coding device, as it is often portrayed, but a venture-seeking explorer constantly controlling the body to test hypotheses. Our brain does not process information: It creates it.

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A major conceptual breakthrough in neuroscience

Prof. Gyorgy Buzsaki narrates in an approachable and candid manner his novel perpective on how the brain learns to effwctively mediate an organisms behavior in the open world environments. His arguments, based on decades of lab research make a vonvincing case for the in-out perspective whereby existing brain activity patterns are associated with outcomes and experiences in real world via action and comparison of prediction with actuality. In that sense it is compatible with the predictive coding theory where presictions are conditioned on the intended action.