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This hypothesis is unique in accounting for the striking speed of human intuition; in offering simple new routines to control the mind; in revealing hope for the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  These ideas have been gathering millions of page views from around the world.  The 1989 beginning of this exciting mission was a revealing insight from a Prolog AI Expert System.  The Expert System could diagnose one out of 8 diseases hinged on the user entering answers to a long string of questions.  In contrast, a doctor could identify a disease out of 8000, without questions, with just a glance.  In an aha moment, the Expert System had pointed to a new algorithm, showing how the mind could spot patterns in milliseconds.

The Prolog Expert System could diagnose 8 diseases, which shared 13 symptoms. It used an algorithm, a step by step procedure, for the diagnosis. Out of curiosity, I began testing an alternate algorithm in a spreadsheet.  Its first step was to SELECT all diseases WITH a particular symptom. Contrary to my plan, the algorithm would DELETE all diseases WITHOUT the symptom. That reverse was caused by a chance double twist in its "if/then" logic.

So, when I clicked "Yes" for one particular symptom to test the first step, the spreadsheet DELETED 7 out of the 8 diseases, leaving behind just one disease.  Surprise!  That disease was indicated by that symptom.  In just one leap, it had proffered the correct diagnosis. As with the doctor, it was a split second verdict!  The algorithm had ELIMINATED all diseases without the symptom.  Was selective elimination from a known list the trick used by nature for its intuitions?

Could elimination provide a faster search strategy?  Since elimination shortened the steps, a programmer coded for me a new, more ambitious Expert System.  Instead of 8 diseases, it dealt with 225 eye diseases.  Its algorithm eliminated both irrelevant diseases and their connected questions, for each answer.  The Expert System was presented to a panel of doctors. "It identified Angular Conjunctivitis, without asking a single stupid question," said a doctor. The Expert System was satisfactorily diagnosing all the eye diseases in the textbook!  The algorithm was an impressive AI tool!  The year 1989 catalogued the premises, set out in these pages, explaining how the algorithm could be enabling the mind of a doctor to achieve split second diagnosis.

Can An Algorithm Be Controlling The Mind?
I am not a physician, but an engineer. Way back in 1989, I catalogued how the ELIMINATION approach of an AI Expert System could reveal a new data storage/processing view of the nervous system. That insight is central to the ideas presented in this website. 

This catalogue of 6 unique new premises could explain an enigma.  A physician is aware of thousands of diseases and their related symptoms.  How does he note a symptom and focus on a single disease in less than half a second?  How could he identify Disease X out of 8000 diseases with just a glance?  

First, the total born and learned knowledge available to the doctor could only be existing as the stored/retrieved data within the 100 billion neurons in his brain.  The perceptions, sensations, feelings and physical activities of the doctor could only be enabled by the electrical impulses flowing through the axons of those neurons.  The data enabling that process could be stored as digital combinations.

Second, an axon hillock decides the axonal output of each neuron.  The hillock receives hundreds of inputs from other neurons.  Each hillock makes the pivotal neuronal decision about received inputs within 5 milliseconds.  A
xon hillocks could be storing digital combinations.  It could be adding each new incoming digital combination to its memory store.  The hillock could fire impulses, if it matched a stored combination. If not, it could inhibit further impulses.  Using stored digital data to make decisions about incoming messages could make the axon hillocks intelligent.

Third, combinations could enable a powerful coding mode for axon hillocks.  Olfactory combinatorial data is known (Nobel Prize 2004) to store memories for millions of smells.  Each one of 100 billion axon hillocks can mathematically store more combinations than there are stars in the sky. Each new digital combination could be adding a new relationship link.  In this infinite store, specific axon hillocks could be storing all the D/S links known to the doctor as digital combinations.

Fourth, instant global communication is a familiar part of the digital age.  The doctor observes a symptom.  Within the instant of his observation, 
feedback and feed forward links could inform every D/S link of the presence of the symptom. Only the D/S link of Disease X could be recalling the combination and recognizing the symptom.

Fifth, on not recognizing the symptom, all other D/S hillocks could be instantly inhibiting their impulses. The D/S links of Disease X could be continuing to fire. Those firing D/S link would be recalling past complaints, treatments and signs of Disease X, confirming the diagnosis.  This could be enabling axon hillocks to identify Disease X out of 8000 in milliseconds.

Worldwide interest in this website is acknowledging its rationale. Not metaphysical theories, but processing of digital memories in axon hillocks could be explaining innumerable mysteries of the mind.  Over three decades, this website has been assembling more and more evidence of the manipulation of emotional and physical behaviors by narrowly focused digital pattern recognition.  It has also been receiving over 2 million page views from over 150 countries.

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

For Aspiring Authors
The Literary Agency The Book Bakers arranged to publish The Windmills Of The Mind, a book outlining the concepts in this website about the control of emotions. The Agency successfully negotiated with Leadstart Publishing to publish the book and bring it to bookstores by the end of 2016. 

If you have a manuscript that needs to be published and read by many, do send a mail to with a brief synopsis, an author's bio and, preferably, the first three chapters of your book. The Book Bakers can assess the work and guide you in the right direction.

KNOW YOURSELF PODCAST Listen each week, to one podcast. Based on practical self improvement principles. From the insight of an engineer, back in 1989, about the data processing structure of the human mind, recognizing and filtering patterns, without stopping. Storing patterns of data. Of guilt, shame, fear.  About silencing painful subconscious patterns, becoming self aware, strengthening common sense.

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