Saturday, 2 January 2010

Seeking out the depths of reality, its utter complexity within the grasp of the human brain

John H. Holland .. 'emergence from chaos to order', Chapter 5, 'Neural Nets', page 81-114, while reading through insights instantiate, glimpses flicker, pointing towards answers for questions in fundamental processes of the workings of the human brain.

in p. 86

"To construct a useful model of the CNS using this information, we begin with the idea that the activity of the CNS is described by which neurons are firing during a given time-step. Because of the uniformity of the pulses emitted, we can simply say that each neuron is either "on" (emitting a pulse) or "off" (quiescent) during a time-step."

.. the uniformity of the pulses emitted .. the basis upon which the brain works .. all the cognitive tasks undertaken .. the mind that comes out of .. the ideas, thoughts, knowledge .. all start as pulses .. uniform pulses .. indistinguishable from one another .. whose only effect is to turn a neuron 'on' or 'off'

in p. 90

"Because of its distributed nature and the simplicity of its elements, a neural net is a satisfactory vehicle for studying emergence: sophisticated behaviors emerge from the aggregation of simple actions."

simple actions, being .. the uniform pulses emitted .. and they give rise to sophisticated behaviors .. emergence

in p. 86

"We can further simplify the model by assuming that all pulses arriving within a time-step have equal effect in determining whether or not the neuron fires (in technical jargon, we ignore the phase of the pulses)."

simplifying matters for the sake of making more usable the model employed .. uniformity of pulses .. is what is only necessary .. ignoring all other aspects of the pulses-waves as amplitude, wavelength, frequency, .. phase .. coherent or incoherent .. is that allowable? .. it makes no difference .. the characteristics of one pulse from another .. for the emerging outcome? .. for the thoughts, the ideas, the mind instantiating? ..

.. or the unique features of each pulse do matter .. but at a deeper level. Each pulse, no matter the unique features it carries, is capable of eliciting .. the responses that emerge into sophisticated behaviors .. making up minds ..

.. and the unique features carried are significant at another, deeper level .. a level analogous, to what crossed my mind .. while I was contemplating .. on human resolving time compared with the resolving time of a fast electronic device.

The point - entering my mind right now - is, that the features of waves, which according to the model John H. Holland uses, namely the phase of the pulses-waves as irrelevant for the behaviors they instantiate, are what is appropriate with the reality the human brain is able to extract, engineered into the specific mechanics of the human brain, and not, for that matter, of a fast electronic device.

Equipped with the resolving time of a fast a electronic device the mind, is expected, to be different. Another reality or another aspect of reality, appearing before the eyes of the human individual. Whether, it would end up being another totally different reality or another aspect of reality, it remains to be seen.

What someone can surmise, is that the pulses-waves will be processed in the same way, posited by John H. Holland's model, namely pulses-waves being uniform, represented as simple actions which out of their aggregation, the sophisticated behaviors emerge, something that increases the complexity of reality alongside the apparent capability - or potential - of the human brain, to fathom into this deeper reality in its full extent.