Way back in 1989, one day, I knew this was Intuition.
Abraham Thomas

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, filtering, storing patterns, without stopping.  Patterns of guilt, shame, fear.  How to silence painful subconscious patterns and become self aware.

A Quantum Mind?

The field of quantum mechanics offers an insight into how nature solves seemingly impossible problems. The field loomed into view when mathematicians worked with imaginary and complex numbers. The square root of -1 is an imaginary number.   Such a number was considered an impossibility. Yet, scientists speculated with equations using such numbers. Surprisingly, those equations explained some bizzare results of scientific experiments.

Conventional physical laws clearly differentiated the behaviors of particles and waves. Particles were obviously different from waves.  Surprisingly, research revealed that photons behaved simultaneously like both waves and particles. Those new equations gave a logical rationale for those results. Those equations were seen to govern the very behavior of our universe. Those equations also led to powerful new routines in the newly emerging field of quantum computing. The experience gained from these routines may also provide a rationale for some of the most mysterious capabilities of the human mind.

  • How does the brain remember millions of smells?
  • Combinatorial coding by the olfactory system.
  • Axon hillocks "summate" the incoming information.
  • Axons trigger specific functions in the nervous system.
  • The meaning of combinatorial coding.
  • Axon hillocks store memory.
  • Quantum computing deals with an infinity of probabilities.
  • Navigation by birds.
  • Quantum entanglement by the Cry4 protein.
  • Quantum effects may operate in the axon hillock.

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).  Does the mind contain a treasure trove of knowledge?  How does it retrieve solutions to topical problems from such a store?  These proposed explanations 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.  The ideas in this unconventional hypothesis stem from an "Aha!" moment, when the Expert System revealed a singular algorithm, which could be enabling the mind to identify and act on perceived 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 way by which the nervous system could store and retrieve astronomically large memories.  That insight is central to the six unique new premises presented in this website. 

These 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 not exist anywhere other than 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, combinatorial decisions of neurons cannot be made by any entity other than the axon hillock, which 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 are reported to 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 have around a 1000 links  to other neurons.  The 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 symptom = disease (S=D) links known to the doctor as digital combinations.

Fourth, instant communication is possible in the nervous system.  Within five steps, information in one hillock can reach all other relevant neurons.  Just 20 Ms for global awareness.  Within the instant the doctor observes a symptom, 
feedback and feed forward links could inform every S=D link of the presence of the symptom. Only the S=D link of Disease X could be recalling the combination and recognizing the symptom.

Fifth, on not recognizing the symptom, all other S=D hillocks could be instantly inhibiting their impulses. The S=D links of Disease X could be continuing to fire. Those firing S=D 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.

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How Is The Huge Human Memory Stored?
The olfactory system is a marvel of the nervous system. With an olfactory epithelium about forty times larger than in humans, dogs can detect human scent on a glass slide that has been lightly fingerprinted and left outdoors for as much as two weeks, or indoors for as long as a month. Leslie Vosshall reports that, in her lab, ordinary volunteers, (not wine tasters or perfumers), could clearly remember and distinguish between different combinations of 128 odor molecules, indicating an average human ability to differentiate between 1 trillion smells. After all, one must remember the previous smell to differentiate it from the subsequent one. How is the memory of a smell stored?  Science has no explanations of how the mind forms memories.  Could quantum science provide a clue?

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What Are Combinatorial Memories?
A few of the 50 million receptors in the olfactory epithelium fire nerve signals on recognition of octanol molecules. The nerve impulses cascade through the axons of a receptor array, a glomeruli array and a mitral cell array. The same molecule is recognized by several different receptors and the axon of a glomerulus responds to several different odor molecules.

Octanol is remembered by a combination of four different glomeruli. Octanic acid, in which the hydroxyl group of octanol is replaced by a carboxyl group, is remembered by six different glomeruli.  
In 1999, researchers reported that the olfactory system uses a combinatorial coding system (Nobel Prize 2004).  This process enabled the system to recognize that octanol has an orangy rose-like scent and that octanic acid smells like sweaty feet  How does combinatorial firing recognize smells?  What role does the neuron play in the process?

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How Does The Axon Hillock Decide?

Neurons are basic functional units of the nervous system. They receive signals called action potentials at the synapses of their dendrites. The incoming dendritic signals support further activity, or inhibit the receiving neuron. The neurons integrates the signals and send outputs through their axons. The soma, the cell body of the neuron, contains the nucleus and the axon hillock. Science believes that the axon hillock sums up the excitatory and inhibitory signals it receives to send an all, or nothing output through the axon. The "summation" is thought to be done at the axon hillock, from which the axon extends outwards. The flow of impulses through axons power every activity of the mind. A group of axons must fire for you to take a breath, remember a story, sing song, or write a word.

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Why Is The Axon Hillock Pivotal?

The summation at the axon hillocks of 100 billion nerve cells rule all mental activity.  A single axon of a sensory neuron triggers the knee-jerk reflex by triggering the action of a motor neuron. When someone taps the tendon below your knee, motor neurons fire to contract the quadriceps to straighten the knee. If the axon errs, problems arise.

For example, 
for a particular patient, crocodile tears are triggered by tastes and aromas. Because of a lesion in the facial nerves, the axons from the salivary nerves regenerated and linked wrongly to the tear duct system. On receiving salivary impulses, the tear duct complex triggered tears. A single axonal fault caused this problem. The axons of neurons deliver pivotal instructions to other neurons, muscles or glands to activate specific functions. The nervous system works because its axon hillocks deliver functional decisions. But, is "summation" the key process within the axon hillocks?

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How Do Combinations Work?

Summation, one of the most fundamental assumptions of science, may hide a powerful activity,  Anyway, axon hillocks do not summate. They differentiate between the axonal inputs from other neurons. Only the impulses received from the sensory axon sets off the knee-jerk reflex. The source of the axon is critical for combinatorial messages. The identity of each element of a combination is critical. To illustrate the concept, let us assume that the olfactory glomeruli have alphabetic labels. Assume that octanol was remembered by a combination of six different glomeruli (say O, R, A, N, G, E); that octanic acid was remembered by four different glomeruli, (say S,W,E,A,T). If the mitral cell array "summated" received messages, it would interpret the messages as SIX, or FOUR. But, they indicated ORANGE, or SWEAT. This pivotal memory for combinations by axon hillocks can be the basis for human memories.

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Can The Axon Hillock Hold Memories?

It is only possible for the mind to recognize the smell of an orange, if it remembers the smell. A combinatorial memory is matched with a combinatorial sensory input. A single synapse of a dendrite cannot record a combinatorial memory. Only the axon hillock can view the whole picture. Only combinatorial memories in axon hillocks can logically trigger mental activities. Even receptor neurons fire, because each receptor has a coded memory for a specific sensory input. Axon hillocks in the association regions use memories to recognize objects and events.

Inherited or acquired axonal memories of motor systems fire to contract or relax muscles and to control body systems. Implicit axon hillock memories operate in the subconscious and are not available for conscious axonal recall. Declarative axon hillock memories permit such recall. Working memories are combinatorial axonal memories cycled for brief periods. Procedural axon hillock memories power the motor system to play a musical instrument, or to ride a bike.  Quantum science may explain how axon hillocks recall memories.

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How Does Quantum Computing Work?

Quantum mechanics opened a new view of how nature solves seemingly impossible problems. Qubits are the basic units for quantum computation. They define probabilities for individual coins in a group of flipping coins. Equations represent the shared rotational positions of several rotating coins. They represent interference, where coins bump into each other to change the outcome. They postulate superposition where the midair coin is simultaneously heads and tails.

Realizing the immense potential, maths created new algorithms and physics created quantum computers.  Here, controlled currents through Josephson junctions produce quantum effects.  Controlled current flows manipulate qubits in an interference pattern to produce a finite answer, while cancelling out millions of probabilities. They help drug companies devise new medicines, or create new materials with desired properties. They can find the fastest route between two points separated by several rivers crossed by several bridges. Science suggests that nature uses quantum computing in the brains of birds.

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How Do Migrating Birds Find Directions?

Around the world, birds, insects, and other species take the most direct routes to their watering holes, or to migration destinations. The hippocampus carries a visual, olfactory and gustatory map of their worlds. Typically, eye movement and head direction cells act as an inertial compass to chart their geographic movement and position. These eye and ear coordinates are mapped by the head direction cells, grid cells, and border cells. These cells contain a neural map of their sensory spatial environment. But, for migrating birds which cross vast oceans, there are few visual clues.

Each year, the black-capped, red-billed arctic terns make a 49,700 mile round trip between breeding grounds in the Arctic and the Antarctic. With few visible landmarks,  these birds take paths, which lead them, with an accuracy of 1 foot in 1000 feet, to their destinations 10,000 miles apart. They need to maintain a uniform magnetic direction and be aware of their exact position on the globe. Scientists believe that the birds carry an accurate map of the variations in the strengths of earth's magnetic field along their oceanic flight paths.

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What Is The Significance Of The Cry4 Protein?

Scientists believe that it may be the quantum entanglement of the Cry4 protein, found in the retina in the eyes of migratory birds, which enables magnetic vision. When exposed to blue light, these proteins act as light-activated switches and empower the 24 hour cycle of the circadian clock. To prepare for the journey, birds store up on food and Cry4 in the weeks preceding the migration. This spike in Cry4 is not observed in non-migratory birds during the same time of the year.

Scientists theorize that the switching of states between molecules during quantum entanglement conveys key data to power bird navigation. When a particle of light hits the Cry4 protein, an electron is knocked out of one molecule and joins another. The two molecules then have an odd number of electrons, creating a radical pair. Since both radicals are created at the same time, they are locked into quantum entanglement. Even when physically separated, they are synchronized. Until the molecules recover, they flip-flop back and forth between two distinct chemical states.  A molecule in one of the two states produces a specific chemical which influences the receipt of magnetic signals in the bird’s visual cortex. The other molecule does not.  The proportion of time that this radical pair spends in one chemical state versus the other provides key positioning data. Quantum entanglement may transmit impulses from the retina of the birds to its navigation system.

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Does The Mind Use Quantum Effects?

Science suggests that nature uses quantum computing in the brains of birds.  Controlled current flows manipulate qubits in the quantum computer. At the critical axonal hillock level, quantum effects may influence the "summation" which triggers the all or nothing action potential. Neurons receive action potentials at the synapses of their dendrites. The incoming dendritic signals vary dramatically in strength and frequency. Varying current flows into the axon hillock may manipulate information in an interference pattern to produce an answer, while cancelling out millions of probabilities. 

Genetic codes may carry inherited responses to the incoming signals. Changes in protein structures may store memories of past inputs. Superpositions, where two flipping coins are simultaneously heads and tails may be evaluated.  Not "summation," but quantum computation may deliver an all or nothing response to problems using  inherited and acquired memories. The grandeur of the mind may flow from the infinite range of probabilities and possibilities in the quantum space within the 100 million axon hillocks in the nervous system.  The wisdom existing in those spaces may have powered the genius of Einstein and Mozart.  The decisions made in those spaces enable us to breathe, to weep in anguish and enjoy the sunset.

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, filtering, storing patterns, without stopping.  Patterns of guilt, shame, fear.  How to silence painful subconscious patterns and become self aware.

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