One advantage of my job of building tall buildings was that I had spare time. It took a whole month after pouring concrete for the third floor to cast the fourth floor. In 1989, such time enabled me to evaluate a Prolog AI program for disease recognition. The algorithm it used could identify one out of 8 diseases by answering yes/no questions for 32 related symptoms.
An algorithm is a set procedure, which achieves a dependable result. Could the Prolog algorithm be applied within a Lotus spreadsheet? Curious, I entered the "if yes, then select the disease" formula in it. But, there was an unwitting and fortuitous error in my algorithm. For each question, instead of selecting, my algorithm eliminated diseases. It had reversed the logic. When I clicked "Yes" for one particular symptom, my algorithm diagnosed one disease as the cause of that symptom after eliminating all the 7 other diseases. Surprisingly, the conclusion was logical.
A flash of light from that eerily accurate diagnosis kept me awake for weeks. Science did not know how a doctor could identify one out of 8000 diseases with a glance at a patient. In the split second I had taken to enter "Yes" to just one question, an ordinary spreadsheet had diagnosed a disease. The decisive difference was that its search process had ELIMINATED possibilities!
A programmer wrote the code for my "Expert System." For 225 eye diseases, its algorithm eliminated both irrelevant diseases and their connected questions for each answer. I presented the Expert System to a panel of doctors. "It identified Angular Conjunctivitis, without asking a single stupid question," said a doctor. It was an AI algorithm that could professionally diagnose eye diseases! It took me awhile to figure out how a doctor could diagnose diseases instantly if his nervous system used the same algorithm.
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I am not a physician, but an engineer. Way back in 1989, I noticed the unique speed of an AI algorithm for disease recognition and pieced together the implications of that phenomenon. The same algorithm could be applied by the nervous system for the management of its stored knowledge! The axon hillocks of neurons could store and retrieve memories of trillions of links between symptoms and known diseases. Neurons respond to received impulses in 5 milliseconds. The axon hillocks of neurons could use an elimination algorithm to eliminate (inhibit) unrelated relationships. Since its symptoms were not linked in memory to any other known disease, a doctor could locate one disease in milliseconds.
Functional regions could use precise combinatorial codes in feedback and feed forward links with incalculable eloquence. The axon hillocks of the neurons could store and retrieve memories of ancient jungle encounters and herd struggles. They could carry memories of the indications of danger, of strategies for survival and of motor control responses. One region could link sensory signals to potential trouble from people and things. That could cause other neural organs to trigger anger, or fear. In turn, these emotion signals could make a person flee, or fight. An insult could trigger stress in a split second. On the other hand, the self awareness tool could inhibit stress and still the mind.
Not metaphysical theories, but millisecond pattern recognition could explain human brilliance and folly. It could also offer the means for its control. Several years after my fortunate insight, a Nobel Prize acknowledged the astonishing power of combinatorial pattern recognition. Over 30 years, I have assembled much evidence supporting neural pattern recognition and published three books about artificial intelligence and the nervous system.
What Is Intuition?
Combinatorial pattern recognition can realistically store memories of
everything you have ever done in your life. Every sound, smell,
image, muscle movement can be remembered. Millions of years of
evolutionary history can be stored. All those vast masses of data can
still leave room for more. This website suggests that a simple,
understandable and powerful Intuitive Algorithm (IA) applies
inductive logic on the massive wisdom stored in the trillions of
pattern recognition processes within the nervous system. It is a
logic that can practically yield answers within milliseconds. If the
mind can apply such inductive logic on a virtually infinite store of
knowledge, can you still remain mystified by the genius of Einstein,
or of Da Vinci?
Why Do People Often Act Stupidly?
Why do we often act so stupidly, if there was
so much wisdom stored within our minds? Sadly, we are victims of the
foibles of IA. IA follows a simple principle. Moment by moment, it
inductively applies contextual knowledge to eliminate the irrelevant.
The use of inductive logic on its massive knowledge base reaches
instant answers. If one neuron fires, its neighbors shut down. The
nervous system is known to extensively inhibit irrelevant circuits.
In practice, if an animal chooses to drink, its hunger pangs are
inhibited. If the goal of a person is to destroy an opponent, IA will
inhibit all his compassion for her. Emotions set the goals of the
system and IA inhibits access to knowledge, which could prevent the
achievement of that goal. Human misery is caused by the persistent lack of
access by the system to all the available knowledge.
What Happens When Your Common Sense Takes Charge?
The immense inherited and acquired knowledge of your mind controls your thoughts and actions from two control centers. Your limbic system provides emotional animal controls. Your resentment and despair are caused by the primal intelligences within your mind. Your prefrontal regions (PFR) provide emotion free common sense controls. They are relentlessly logical, with an incredibly reasonable entity within it. You can learn to identify and empower it.
Well known mental and physical exercises can quiet the emotional regions, leaving your prefrontal common sense regions in charge. With effective mind control, your life will be managed by your common sense. It can be done. Many have done it. It will take you time to reach a stable state of mind. You will never reach perfection. But find out why it is worth a try.
With effective mind control, you will keep cool in sticky situations. Without your struggling to do so, your mind will become patient and keep your temper in control. You can avoid being shattered by grief, or guilt; conquer fear; escape from the well of sudden disappointment; avoid feeling dissatisfied with life; avoid wallowing in despair over the lack of meaning in your life. Achieving so much control over your mind is, indeed, a tall order. But, it's possible.
How Can You Get Your Mind to Switch Your PFR On?
Life is seldom what you want it to be. The secret is to reach that unique state of mind, where you are comfortable with whatever you have. These pages show you how to subdue troubling emotions.
Begin that journey from the Mind Control Tips page. Begin with the tip on how to even out your day by not being startled by silly things. Ways of breathing can also switch off the sudden churning in your stomach when bad news phones in. That is as easy as turning off a light! The tip on relaxation is also crucial.
In parallel with the physical exercises, attack the big issues in your life. Read a simple way sorting your notes to uncover your priorities. The routine will help you to understand your limitations in life. The process can be done on a spreadsheet and may take a couple of hours. But it is a nice routine, where you come to terms with the realities in your life. A simple exercise is suggested to uncover through self awareness the powerful and probing intelligence, your common sense, in your PFR.
Your common sense resides in your PFR. IT knows when you stray from the truth. It gives you a “Aha” sense of relief, when you distinguish the silent seeker from the cacophony in your mind. After that, discovering yourself is a fascinating journey. At this stage, your can leave it to your PFR to plan your strategy to get you where you really want to be. Mindfulness exercises will keep you joyfully on target. Enjoy the journey!
Is It Possible to Still Your Fear, Despair, or Anger?
Get the temperamental monkey off your back! Free yourself from the tyranny of emotions. For so many people, life appears to be stupid and meaningless.
They never suspect that this fathomless well of despair is the product of a hidden emotion – a mere 70 mV neural firing pattern! Those are the nerve impulses, which manipulate your moods and tense your muscles, making you perform like a puppet on string.
Anger hardens your eye muscles before you even realize that you are angry. The emotion floods you with hateful memories, reminding you of all the annoying qualities of your opponent.
The emotions which jerk you around are primitive control programs, designed for the jungle. They are outdated! You can learn to turn off those asinine processes. The pages on emotions can help you to walk away from their twisted logic.
Despair, boredom, shyness, guilt, pride.... Learn to stop being manipulated by the survival strategies of primeval tribes. Learn why existential despair is pointless. Happiness has nothing to do with discovering the meaning of life. Learn how to be rid of painful shyness and be comfortable at parties; how to switch off boredom; how to get over sadness.
A page shows you how to come to terms with severe guilt, by understanding its origins. Other pages show how you can learn to control anger.. (That knowledge will stay with you for the rest of your life). Yet another page shows how you can swallow your pride, without sinking under the table; how to move away from dissatisfaction and learn to experience gratitude to life; how to turn off the nasty voice in your mind, which decimates your self esteem. Stop the needless carping of negative emotions. Freed from distraction, your intuition will step in and guide you effortlessly through life.
Do You Want To See Your Mind Differently?
The viewpoints presented in these pages reach beyond the current perceptions of science. Intuition is a brilliantly simple algorithm, which powers data processing within the mind.
Intuition can instantly recognize contextual patterns with molecular level accuracy. Science has identified the principle in the amazing competence of the olfactory system (Nobel Prize 2004).
These pages explain how that combinatorial coding process can grant the mind a galactic memory; how the system senses the world and logically chooses options. It sees a word on this page, recognizes it as a unique entity, gathers its meaning and then moves on to the next word, before spilled coffee can hit the saucer.
These pages suggest how the evolutionary process assembled a historic hierarchy of pattern recognition nuclei - a triune brain, where reptilian, mammalian and rational human level systems switch controls between each other in milliseconds. They suggest a simple experiment, where you can personally verify how the controls shift between these entities. These pages describe how the ability to recognize and trigger behavior patterns powers the mind; how the process grants empathy and understanding. How emotional behavior patterns instinctively adapt to a wide variety of survival needs; how combinatorial coding can explain the “miraculous effects” of acupuncture, acupressure and EFT.
The pages describe how largely subconscious processes manage your life, with minimum inputs from you. This knowledge frees you from the backbreaking responsibility for your life. You do not manage the system. The system decides, acts and then informs you. You merely have the power to direct the attention of the mind. All the rest is mechanical. By directing attention wisely, you make the system learn and it responds with better actions.
What Is Artificial Intelligence?
The study of Artificial Intelligence began formally in Dartmouth College in 1956 as an effort by a group of scientists to evaluate and mechanically replicate human intelligence in computers and robots. Their basic premise was that nerve cells computed. But, nerve cells do not compute. They recognize patterns.
With that single faulty assumption, those early scientists followed a rabbit trail. They also woefully underestimated the memory storage capacity needed to mimic the mind. But, in February 2011, the IBM Watson Supercomputer applied pattern recognition on text data to step into Singularity, the turning point, where computer wisdom begins to overtake human intelligence.
How Will Robots & Computers Affect Your Future?
This new perspective of the mind opens up worlds of possibilities. The basic insight in this website is that the mind is primarily a pattern recognition machine, with mechanical and algorithmic processes. So, it is obvious that, one day, computers will be able to mimic the mind. The logical outcome of that possibility is that robotics and automation will largely take over life. What kind of world will that be?
This page was last updated on 21-Jul-2016
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JUST THINK... What happens when you begin to talk? Your nervous system has picked an emotion. It has articulated an idea around it, chosen apt words from a vocabulary of thousands of words, arranged them in lexical and grammatical order and adjusted the pitch of your voice. Before you speak you've no consciousness of the words you will use. Who's actually in charge? This question leads to the question "What is consciousness itself?" Is consciousness a spirit living in a human body? Is it a mystical life form that emerges from the nervous system? This is the hard problem of consciousness.