Is the neocortex only a pattern recognizer?

Welcome to the forum; your ideas has been the source of much discussion here.

You may want explore this post:

This post proposes a model where the “simple” older brain works to train the cortex. It is highly technical and may be a hard read if English is not your first language:

I personally have been promoting they idea that the older “lizard brain” is the driver of the cortex and behavior for a long time:

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