Nobelist gerald edelman theory of neuronal group selection can be taken to provide a neurological understanding for psychoanalytic theory and experience because of the dense overlapping of dendrites and axons in gray matter a given area of cortex is capable of a varying array of responses to a given input of the many possible responses. Gerald edelmans theory of neuronal group selection sometimes called neural darwinism may prove to be such a source of insights i first encountered news of this research in an article in the new york review by israel rosenfield 17 which has subsequently become the final chapter of rosenfields book the invention of memory 19. Already the subject of considerable pre publication discussion this magisterial work by one of the nations leading neuroscientists presents a radically new view of the function of the brain and nervous system its central idea is that the nervous system in each individual operates as a selective system resembling natural selection in evolution but operating by different mechanisms. The theory of neural group selection is based on non genetic darwinism this is a controversial concept because many assume that genetic selection is the only way that darwinism can express itself dr edelman recieved a nobel prize for his work on non genetic darwinism in the human immune system
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