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  Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts: A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity

Palm, G. (1986). Warren McCulloch and Walter Pitts: A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity. In G. Palm, & A. Aertsen (Eds.), Brain Theory: Proceedings of the First Trieste Meeting on Brain Theory, October 1–4, 1984 (pp. 229-230). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

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Palm, G1, 2, Author              
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1Former Department Structure and Function of Natural Nerve-Net , Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497803              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: The classical paper by McCulloch and Pitts on “a logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity” had an enormous impact on the development of brain theory in the broadest sense. It appeared in 1943 and was the starting point for many theoretical investigations up to the present day: its basic idea was that the activation of a neuron inside a brain stands for the actual truth of a proposition about the outside world. Elementary propositions about the outside world are verified through sensors. The neurons to which these sensors are connected may themselves represent more complicated combinations of these propositions. Since it is possible to implement the logical connections not, and, and or by means of neural connections and appropriate thresholds of the neurons, one can represent every conceivable finite logical combination of the elementary propositions in a neural network.

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 Dates: 1986
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-70911-1_14
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Title: 1st Trieste Meeting on Brain Theory
Place of Event: Trieste, Italy
Start-/End Date: 1984-10-01 - 1984-10-04

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Title: Brain Theory: Proceedings of the First Trieste Meeting on Brain Theory, October 1–4, 1984
Source Genre: Proceedings
 Creator(s):
Palm, G1, Editor            
Aertsen, A1, Editor            
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1 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497794            
Publ. Info: Berlin, Germany : Springer
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 229 - 230 Identifier: ISBN: 978-3-642-70913-5