Review: The historical context of the computer metaphor of the brain


  • Natasha Abrahams Monash University


Popular understandings of the human brain in the twenty-first century are characterised through a computer metaphor. In this review, I situate the computer metaphor within its historical context, positioning it as the most recent incarnation of metaphors of the brain which draw upon technology. I argue that communication technology metaphors produced for the brain appear to capture its essential characteristics, due to these technologies being designed to emulate human labour.


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Abrahams, N. (2018). Review: The historical context of the computer metaphor of the brain. Humanity. Retrieved from