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ChoiceChangeux's work advances an 'epigenetic hypothesis' as a means of explaining the philosophical significance of recent findings in the neurosciences. This is especially noteworthy because the hypothesis offers an evidence-based challenge to two popular ideas: namely, the largely functionalist idea that the brain is nothing more than a sophisticated computer and, alternatively, the nativist idea that the brain is 'the embodiment of a strictly predetermined genetic inheritance.' Among Changeux's many conclusions, two are particularly fascinating: first, that the brain is able to produce objective knowledge--a kind of universal framework of thought--that permits individuals to communicate through language; and secondly, that this fact about the human species may serve as the basis by which humans ultimately save themselves.
— H. Storl