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Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Winter 1990, Vol. 2, No. 1, Pages 58-68
(doi: 10.1162/jocn.1990.2.1.58)
© 1990 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Bounded Brain: Toward Quantitative Neuroanatomy
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Abstract

An idea that human cognitive resources are virtually without limit turns up at all levels of mind/brain science. This tacit unbounded-resource assumption has paradoxical consequences in neuroscience, particularly involving the quantitative incoherence of some key anatomical studies of cortical connectivity resources: cortical sheet area, synaptic density there, and giant axonic arborizations in visual cortex. This inattention to quantitative consistency checking in neuroanatomy appears to stem from, as a notable instance, something of the nonspatial character of the Cartesian concept of mind being extended to the brain as physical structure.