Neurohistorical Singularity

Mentifex mentifex at scn.org
Thu Jun 11 07:18:01 EST 1998


In the history of neuroscience--which BTW is on view at the
<a href="http://bri.medsch.ucla.edu/NHA/nhahome.html"> NHA </a>
Neuroscience History Archives of the Brain Research Institute--
only he who floats a dilemma will be he who groks a eureka.

The Mentifex mind-model grew by a slow accretion of:  facts from
neuroscience, theories from linguistics, and conjecture from AI--
until the edge of the precipice was reached and Nature did leap.

The posing of one deceptively simple question led swiftly to the
<a href="http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/"> Unified Theory of Cognition </a>:

"How does the human brain remember a verb stored in auditory memory?"

Hindsight permits us to use the word "auditory" in the ur-question,
because it was not yet clear that the Chomskyan language structures
at the core of the mind did not *contain* the words of thought, but
rather syntax *manipulates* the words stored in the auditory memory:
<PRE>
    /^^^^^^^^^^^\  The Chomskyan Machinery of Mind  /^^^^^^^^^^^\
   /visual memory\           ________   semantic   /  auditory   \
  |      /--------|-------\ / syntax \  memory    |   memory      |
  |      |  recog-|nition | \________/------------|-------------\ |
  |   ___|___     |       |    |flush-vector      |    _______  | |
  |  /       \    |    ___V____V__   word-fetch   |   /       \ | |
  | / visual  \---|---/  concept  \---------------|--/ word    \| |
  | \ engrams /   |   \  neurons  /  for thinking |  \ engrams /  |
  |  \_______/    |    \_________/   in language  |   \_______/   |
</PRE>
<a href="http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~phoenix/vinge/"> Vinge </a>
foretold the Technological Singularity which, observe, now begins:
<a href="http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/aisource.html"> Mind.forth </a>.



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