@misc{cogprints1456, month = {December}, title = {Explaining the nervous system in terms of computer programming and the object-class abstraction}, author = {Brian D. Josephson}, year = {2002}, note = {This is a very preliminary draft and comments on presentation and validity, suggestions of further illustrations of the model, etc., are invited (email to: bdj10@cam.ac.uk).}, keywords = {Brain modelling, computation, development, object-oriented programming, high-level languages, compilation process, nativism, constructivism}, url = {http://cogprints.org/1456/}, abstract = {It is argued that the key to understanding the brain is to view it as a device making extensive use of methodologies developed in computer programming, the idea of compiling source code written in a high-level language providing a mechanism for conceptually linking the two domains. Following the argument through, one arrives at a clarification of what the nervous system in its complexity is all about; it consists of a collection of devices for implementing specific kinds of competence, in ways in principle indicated in detail by application of the object-oriented programming paradigm to the various kinds of processes featuring in cognitive life. } }