has not discovered how the mind recalls a school picnic; how a memory
flashes up just when you want it; why angry people become stupid; why
only some people have common sense. Imagine sensing how such things
can happen, by imagining just 4 things!
1. The mind conveys meaning through coded messages.
2. In half a second, 100 billion neurons can access infinitely large memories.
3. Intuition is an algorithm, which fetches answers from that infinite store.
4. When emotions are triggered intuition inhibits reason.
Imagine 4 things and you can visualize the logic of your mind!
Consider the axiom "The purposive choices of actions lead to goals." Axioms are self-evidently true. This axiom has been true for millions of years. Purpose driven cellular life survived even the demise of the dinosaurs. Purposive choices by the highest form of cellular life, the mind, precipitated the rise of civilizations and the voyages to planets. But, can a mind, a blob of soft tissue, have purpose? YES! The sentient choices of those bundles of excited nerve cells have convincingly demonstrated their purpose. The actions resulting from those choices created untold human health, wealth and prosperity.
1. Imagine that combinatorial messages are meaningful for nerve cells. Combinations are mathematically potent. Nerve cells are known to either fire (1) or be inhibited (0). A bundle of them can send 00101001..(combinatorial) messages. Imagine that when the dendrites of a nerve cell receive such a message, its axon hillock fires (1), or (0). Imagine that on receiving varying inputs from, say, 100 dendrites, a single nerve cell can theoretically identify more combinations (001001110011...), (101001110011...), than all the stars you can see in the night sky. A Nobel Prize hailed the discovery of such messages. They were reported to enable olfactory cells to identify millions of smells; from the fragrance of an orange to the odor of sweat. Imagine that nerve cells recognize combinations.
2. Imagine that 100 billion axon hillocks can instantly access infinite memories. Imagine that combinations can represent relationships between millions of functions. News, money transfers, e-mails, google searches, all, go around the world as combinatorial messages. They convey semantic concepts of objects and events, including a knowledge of geometry, calculus and of cooking. Imagine how many combinatorial relationships can be stored by the 100 billion nerve cells within your nervous system. Imagine the infinity of insights your brain carries from ancient jungle battles and tense committee meetings. Neurons fire, or become inhibited in just 5 milliseconds. With 1000 links each, a mere 4 steps separate one neuron from 100 billion others in the system. Imagine that your mind can process its virtually infinite database in less than half a second.
3. Imagine that the secret of intuition is that it is an eliminative search. Imagine that the mind stores memories of the relationships between events and emotions. Imagine that intuition is an elimination algorithm, which can inhibit a billion irrelevant relationships to focus the mind on a single one. Pangs of hunger and petty resentments are inhibited to focus on a snake. In 20 milliseconds, emotions are triggered. Emotions divert focus. Reality dims. System memories of frantic runs through tall grass or of infantile nightmares flash into view. The system prepares to panic. But, the snake is only a garden hose. In under 300 milliseconds, the system inhibits the vast domains of fear. The prefrontal regions (PFR) step in, goes back to mowing the lawn. Elimination is lightning fast.
4. Imagine that when the system triggers emotions, intuition inhibits reason. Fear has relationships to flight behaviors and escape routes, but not to successes in battle. When the system chooses fear, intuition inhibits all irrelevant relationships. Fear inhibits memories of successes in battle. Intuition focuses behavior around an emotion by inhibiting memories of all irrelevant relationships. When the system selects an emotion, large swathes of relevant memories are inhibited. Emotions must be stilled for the global evaluation necessary for common sense.
Imagine 4 things and sense how the mind recalls a school picnic; how a memory flashes up just when you want it; why angry people become stupid; why only some people have common sense.