Saturday, September 18, 2010
"Seeing is Believing": The Visual Cortex in "Fortune" Magazine
Many years ago my theoretical physicist crony Nick Herbert sent me a clipping from Fortune magazine that reproduced the picture above. Knowing that it would needle me, Herbert wrote on the clipping the words "seeing is believing" with reference to the caption that claims that "visual images [are] transported intact to the brain." The picture was reproduced from an article that had then recently appeared in Science magazine by Russell DeValois and his research team at UC Berkeley. It shows both the pattern the monkey looked at and the corresponding "image" of it in the monkey cortex.
"What's wrong with this picture," as the expression goes?