Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Dennet, Daniel (1/8/2013), The Normal Well-Tempered Mind, Edge, Retrieved on 2013-09-17
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    17 SEP 2013

     Neurons are Domesticated Cells

    You really don't have to worry about one part of your laptop going rogue and trying out something on its own that the rest of the system doesn't want to do. No, they're all slaves. If they're agents, they're slaves. They are prisoners. They have very clear job descriptions. They get fed every day. They don't have to worry about where the energy's coming from, and they're not ambitious. They just do what they're asked to do and do it brilliantly with only the slightest tint of comprehension. Y...
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    But they are also slightly feral. Neurons compete with one another, the brain works by neural pruning, natural selection. Cells that don't get used are allowed to die. Thus, neurons are motivated to survive, to have some independence.