While I can appreciate and agree with the thrust of your argument I must (once again) point out the absurdity of the analogy used at the core of your post. The brain is not ‘wired’ (hard or soft or any other way) for anything. This is a lazy and not at all helpful way of talking about the brain and it has led to the dissemination of much confusion and outright misinformation about what the brain is and how it works. The most unfortunate side effect is the reinforcement it gives to those who would argue the brain is basically equivalent to a machine or a biological computer. This is a hypothesis with widespread appeal but scant data which supports. Such data may in fact be impossible to generate as ‘brains’ and ‘computers’ occupy different logical/categorical realms and concepts which apply to the one simply may not apply to the other. You might disagree with those assertions however you can not disagree with the plain fact of the matter which is that there are no wires in the human head and the brain is not composed of them. It is composed of biological cells called neurons. Neurons and wires have very little to nothing in common beyond the subatomic scale. They are different things, and to suggest they are not is to commit a logical and factual error that has done grave harm to neuroscience and philosophy. Analogies can be useful and helpful, however, in this case all they have done is obfuscate and confuse.

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