A Revolutionary Idea

Think Of Intuition As A Powerful Algorithm - Imagine The Possibilities!

Assume that these 4 things exist and you can visualize the logic of your mind!

Let Us Assume that:

1. The signals between 100 billion neurons carry precise and meaningful combinatorial messages.
2. Axon hillocks of the neurons store and retrieve infinitely large combinatorial memories.
3. Intuition is an algorithm, which retrieves answers from that infinite store within 20 milliseconds.  
4. Intuition acts by inhibiting irrelevancies and so, active emotions inhibit inconvenient thoughts. 

Consider the statement "The purposive choices of actions lead to goals."  Life has proved this statement to be true for millions of years. Therefore it is an axiom, which is self-evidently true. This axiom is true because, 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. Assume that the mind has 4 unique functions, which enable purpose driven choices.

1. Assume that combinatorial messages make meaningful choices 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. Assume that when the dendrites of a nerve cell receive such a message, its axon hillock fires (1), to recognize a combination, or (0), when there is no recognition.  Then, on receiving inputs from, say, 100 incoming dendrites, a single axon hillock fires to identify the combination, say, (001001110011...).  In this case, a single axon hillock can store memories of more combinations 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. Assume that each axon hillock of a nerve cell can recognize an infinity of combinations.

2. Assume that 100 billion axon hillocks set choices by reading infinite memories.  Assume that combinations can represent relationships between millions of functions. In reality, news, money transfers, e-mails, google searches, all, are carried as combinatorial messages. Such messages  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 an average of 1000 links each, a mere 4 steps separate one neuron from 100 billion others in the system. Assume that your mind can process its virtually infinite database in less than half a second. 

3. Assume that the secret of intuition is that it is an eliminative search.  Assume that the mind stores memories of the relationships between events and emotions. Assume that intuition is an elimination algorithm, which can inhibit a billion irrelevant relationships to focus the mind on a single pertinent 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. Assume 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.

Assume that these 4 mental functions exist.  You can then 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.