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Why a Bigger Brain?

Peter Sterling

in Principles of Neural Design

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262028707
eISBN:
9780262327312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028707.003.0003
Subject:
Neuroscience, Research and Theory

Larger organisms explore a wider world and live longer, thereby expanding their possibilities for foraging but also their exposure to danger. Now a bigger brain becomes essential for sensing the ... More


Summary and Conclusions

Peter Sterling

in Principles of Neural Design

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262028707
eISBN:
9780262327312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028707.003.0015
Subject:
Neuroscience, Research and Theory

Our brain outsmarts a supercomputer while using 100,000-fold less space and energy. It succeeds by hugging the linear region of the information rate vs. cost curve. The ways to do this constitute ... More


The Industrial Revolution and Its Discontents

Jeremy L. Caradonna

in Sustainability: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199372409
eISBN:
9780197562932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199372409.003.0006
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability

The stock narrative of the Industrial Revolution (ca. 1760–late 1800s) is one of moral and economic progress. Indeed, economic progress is cast as moral progress. The story tends to go something ... More


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