Our brain is also physical. It is the less obviously physical mental abilities that we associate most with human use of digital technology: memory, reasoning, creativity; and yet these all arise from a grey sludge of ten billion interconnected neurons, within a bone shell the size of child’s toy ball. Different kinds of memory and thinking are encoded in the physical, electrical and chemical activity of the brain and scanning technology allows us to chart the relationship between the two as blood surges to areas of highest activity. We have different kinds of intelligence tuned to our physical and social life as well as more classically cognitive functions, and these are connected both internally through language and imagination and also externally in our interactions in the world. Crucially, human creativity typically depends on this fluid movement between internal and external representations and reasoning.
Keywords: Mind, Memory, Reasoning, Creativity, Brain, Cognitive function, Interactions, Creativity, Internal representation, External representation