And once again the mereological fallacy rears its ugly head in a popular article about neuroscience. The brain does not “remember” anything, for it is incapable of doing so, logically incapable. Only of a (mostly) whole human being (and some non human animals) with a (mostly) intact nervous system including a brain, can we say that it remembers. It is a logical fallacy to ascribe properties/attributes/behaviors to a part of a thing which can only logically be applied to the whole thing. I wish I could say this sort of statement and thinking was confined to the popular articles on neuroscience, but unfortunately it continues to plague the technical literature on the subject as well. Amazingly it has been more than 15 years since this logical error was first described and it appears many neuroscientists are still largely ignorant of it. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it had not leaked into the computer sciences and spawned the compulogical fallacy (my term) a similarly misguided misattribution of properties to a thing (computers/machines) that can only logically be applied to an entirely different thing (human beings and some non human animals). See links below for more info if interested.

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