This chapter attempts to develop a computational theory for the function of the cerebral neocortex. It proposes a theory of the remarkable property of the neocortex that, in addition to forward connections from one area to the next, there are also many projections backwards to the preceding cortical area. It describes the fine structure and connectivity of the neocortex and discusses the theoretical significance of backprojections in the neocortex, the encoding of information in the cerebral cortex, the functions of different cortical areas, and the principles of cortical computation.
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