How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine

How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now by Stanislas Dehaene

Overview: An illuminating dive into the latest science on our brain’s remarkable learning abilities and the potential of the machines we program to imitate them

The human brain is an extraordinary machine. Its ability to process information and adapt to circumstances by reprogramming itself is unparalleled and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. In How We Learn, Stanislas Dehaene decodes the brain’s biological mechanisms, delving into the neuronal, synaptic, and molecular processes taking place. He explains why youth is such a sensitive period, during which brain plasticity is maximal, but assures us that our abilities continue into adulthood and that we can enhance our learning and memory at any age. We can all learn to learn by taking maximal advantage of the four pillars of the brain’s learning algorithm: attention, active engagement, error feedback, and consolidation.