Hierarchical Brain

An explanation of the human brain

First published 1st February 2024. This is version 1.5 published 2nd March 2024.
Three pages are not yet published: sleep, memory and an index.
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Warning - the conclusions of this website may be disturbing for some people without a stable mental disposition or with a religious conviction.


“I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.”
Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” by Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the introduction to a set of web pages that is my attempt to describe how the human brain works by breaking down the explanation into seven hierarchical levels of description. Most of the content is not new; I have used and linked together many well-established theories from different areas of neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, but I have also found the need to use some new ideas and concepts of mine. This set of web pages describes a model for thinking about how the brain works that I hope may provide some insights and suggest some new possibilities for research. For more on this, see the background to these pages.

This page outlines the main proposals of this website and has a small number of links to other introductory pages. For links to lower-level pages that provide full details and references, please see the summary page. Because it is a high-level introduction, this page includes some over-simplifications that are explained and clarified in more detail in the lower-level pages. For information about how these pages are formatted and linked together, see the structure of this website. More concise overviews can be found on the home page or the abstract page. There is also a simple summary, intended for children or for people who are learning English.

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