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A Brief History of the Brain-Mind

kris oddson oddson at odyssee.net
Fri Oct 9 09:53:40 EST 1998


On 9 Oct 98 08:27:02 GMT, mentifex at scn.org (Mentifex) wrote:
Even if you did know every connection you would not be one step closer
to understanding what mind, repeat mind, is.
>We humans have begun (and we cyborgs will finish) a most gradual
>cataloging of each central nervous system (CNS) in the animal
>kingdom.  For instance, the tues.6.oct.1998 Science edition of
>The New York Times reports on page B12 about how Dr. S. Brenner
>once upon a time resolved to decipher the nervous system of the
>Caenorhabditis elegans roundworm, an organism of only 959 cells.
>
>Unfortunately, reality balked at being deciphered by mere humans,
>because the tiny CNS turned out to have five thousand connections.
>Nevertheless, a trend emerges.  Let us keep track of each ever
>more complex CNS that does get deciphered, until we fashion a
>moving front of understoodness which marches along from small
>organisms up to and perhaps beyond the human brain-mind CNS:
>
>  /!i!i!i!i!i!\         ________ CNS              /iiiiiiiiiii\
> /visual memory\       /        \                / auditory    \
>|               |     /  syntax  \--------------|------------\  |
>|               |     \   node   /    ______    |  memory    |  |
>|               |      \________/----/      \   |  channel   |  |
>|               |           |       /function\  |            |  |
>|      /--------|--------\  |       \ cable  /  |            |  |
>|      |        |        |  |        \______/   |    ____    |  |
>|      |        |       _V__V_           |      |   /    \   |  |
>|    __|__      |      /      \          |      |  /stored\  |  |
>|   /image\     |     /logico- \---------|------|--\ stem /  |  |
>|  /percept\----|----/conceptual\        |      |   \____/   |  |
>|  \_______/    |    \ cable    /   _____V__    |     |      |  |
>|               |     \________/   /        \---|-----'____  |  |
>|               |                 /inflection\  |     /in- \ |  |
>|               |                 \  cable   /--|----/flec- \|  |
>|               |                  \________/   |    \tion  /   |
>|               |                               |     \____/    |
>  http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ Standard Model of the Brain-Mind




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