Critiques of Neural Darwinism (Request For...)

Daryl Herbert Graf dhg at scs.carleton.ca
Mon Mar 30 19:49:30 EST 1992


I am looking for critical reviews of Gerald Edelman's 
theory of neuronal group selection. I have read the 
material in the attached bibliography and I would like 
to balance this with additional papers, analyses, 
observations, or opinions regarding this work from the 
connectionist, and neuroscience communities. In order
to avoid cluttering the news, I would ask those who 
wish to reply to do so directly to me. I will post
a summary in the near future. Many thanks in advance.

Daryl Graf
Study Group on Evolutionary Computing Techniques
School of Computer Science
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
email: dhg at scs.carleton.ca

Bibliography:
Edelman, G.M. (1987) "Neural Darwinism: the Theory of 
   Neuronal Group Selection", Basic, NY
Edelman, G.M. (1989) "The Remembered Present: a Biological
   Theory of Consciousness", Basic, NY
Edelman, G.M. (1981) Group selection as the basis for higher
   brain function. In "The Organization of the Cerebral Cortex",
   F.O. Schmitt, F.G. Worden, G. Adelman, S.G. Dennis, eds., 
   pp. 535-563, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Edelman, G.M. (1978) Group selection and phasic re-entrant 
   signalling: a theory of higher brain function. In "The 
   Mindful Brain", G.M. Edelman, V.B. Mountcastle, eds.,
   pp. 51-100, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Edelman, G.M., Finkel, L.H. (1984) Neuronal group selection 
   in the cerebral cortex. In "Dynamic Aspects of Neocortical 
   Function", G.M. Edelman, W.E. Gall, W.M. Cowan, eds.,
   pp. 653-695. Wiley, NY
Edelman, G.M., Reeke, G.N., (1982) Selective networks capable of 
   representative transformations, limited generalizations, 
   and associative memory, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 
   79:2091-2095
Finkel, L.H., Edelman, G.M. (1987) Population rules for synapses 
   in networks. In "Synaptic Function", G.M. Edelman, W.E. Gall,
   W.M. Cowan, eds., pp.711-757, Wiley, NY
Finkel, L.H., Edelman, G.M. (1985) Interaction of synaptic
   modification rules within populations of neurons, Proc.
   Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 82:1291-1295
Reeke, G.N., Finkel, L.H., Sporns, O., G.M. Edelman, (1989)
   Synthetic neural modeling: a multilevel approach to the 
   analysis of brain complexity. In "Signal and Sense: Local 
   and Global Order in Perceptual Maps", G.M. Edelman, W.E. Gall, 
   W.M. Cowan, eds., Wiley, NY, pp. 607-707



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