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24 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 04 August 2011 11:35AM

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Comment author: DSimon 10 August 2011 10:06:56PM 0 points [-]

Careful, you're merging two different metaphors from the article. As you point out, the brain does not have a central module that is in control of all the others. But the brain does have a large collection semi-distinct modules, many of which appear to have significant control over various other modules.

So yeah, to become more rational, you're adjusting some parts of your brain's modules to compensate for and/or override some of the lousy data coming out of other modules. But that doesn't make the adjusted modules take command over the non-adjusted ones; a sense of irrational fear of spiders might come from your hindbrain and be adjusted by your forebrain, but that doesn't mean that your forebrain is also taking over or overriding the hindbrain's job of noticing when you've stubbed your toe.