May 18, 2016 at 09:33PM on Facebook

“Misleading headlines notwithstanding, no one really has the slightest idea how the brain changes after we have learned to sing a song or recite a poem. But neither the song nor the poem has been ‘stored’ in it. The brain has simply *changed* in an orderly way that now allows us to sing the song or recite the poem under certain conditions. When called on to perform, neither the song nor the poem is in any sense ‘retrieved’ from anywhere in the brain, any more than my finger movements are ‘retrieved’ when I tap my finger on my desk. We simply sing or recite – no retrieval necessary.”
I’ve been saying this for years (but not nearly so coherently). On the down side, this means that we will never get rid of those obnoxious believers in the Singularity by uploading their brains to computers, any more than Rapture-ready Christians will suddenly vanish from our midst. Alas!
Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein | Aeon Essays