Neural coding: The bureaucratic model of the brain

by Romain Brette
Abstract:
The neural coding metaphor is so ubiquitous that we tend to forget its metaphorical nature. What do we mean when we assert that neurons encode and decode? What kind of causal and representational model of the brain does the metaphor entail? What lies beneath the neural coding metaphor, I argue, is a bureaucratic model of the brain.
Reference:
Romain Brette, 2019. Neural coding: The bureaucratic model of the brain, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, volume 42.
Bibtex Entry:
@article{Brette2019a,
	title = {Neural coding: {The} bureaucratic model of the brain},
	volume = {42},
	issn = {0140-525X, 1469-1825},
	shorttitle = {Neural coding},
	url = {psyarxiv.com/tgcn9//download},
	doi = {10.1017/S0140525X19001997},
	abstract = {The neural coding metaphor is so ubiquitous that we tend to forget its metaphorical nature. What do we mean when we assert that neurons encode and decode? What kind of causal and representational model of the brain does the metaphor entail? What lies beneath the neural coding metaphor, I argue, is a bureaucratic model of the brain.},
	journal = {Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
	author = {Brette, Romain},
	year = {2019}
}