The brain is not a general-purpose computer

Illustration: María Elena (Mani) Hinojosa

A popular view of the brain is that it works like a computer with a general-purpose global capacity that can centrally handle disparate tasks. It is not so. Numerous neurological disorders belie that view. Here is a list of some of the most illustrative ones.

Capgras syndrome, also known as “impostor syndrome” or “Capgras delusion”. People with this…