Lashley's prescription, as discussed briefly in chapter 1, was that in order to find out how the brain works we should study the brain itself. By this he presumably meant that in order to understand how the brain works to embody learning, perception, language, cognition and various other interesting, intelligent mental processes and behaviour, we should study the brain itself. Lashley made it clear in his work that he did not want to understand the brain as a factory for the manufacture of strange chemicals or a generator of electrical events. He, more clearly than most, saw one of the important tasks as explaining mind.