Robot Dreams

John Casey jgcasey at
Wed Sep 13 16:24:43 EST 2000

I find your use of the word 'conscious' to be vague.

"some level of consciousness"
"conscious mind"
"consciousness decides"
"conscious brain"

Often when you 'sleep on' a problem or 'think about
something else' the answer will come to you. So I don't
think consciousness is required for filtering out what
is important information. A computer program can filter
data according to some criteria about what is important
and I don't think it is conscious at the time. Perhaps
you need to be conscious to set up the criteria itself.

-- John.

George Bajszar wrote:
> In article <lupawolf-1309000148550001 at>,
>   lupawolf at (lupa) wrote:
> > In article <8pn13t$f5g$1 at>, George Bajszar
> <gyuri at> wrote:
> >
> > > Every mammal must sleep. Sleep is not enough, dreams play a
> > > big role. Without dreams, a person goes insane quickly, the
> > > neural networks melt down to a random mess. Doesn't that
> > > suggest that reorganization or garbage collection of
> > > information in the brain is taking place?
> > no, not at all.  all it suggests is that there is something
> > necessary that our brains do while we dream that we cannot do
> > while we are awake *or* asleep.
> >
> > my personal theory is that dreams are a way of safely
> > addressing intense emotion (since intense emotion *also*
> > affects memory, recall, and sanity).  yours is that it
> > processes and reorganizes memory.  however, neither theories
> > have enough basis in scientific fact to make the assertion.
> >
> > ~risa
> Emoitions comes down to "information". Let me explain:
> What are emotions: The brain receives constant information. By some
> information we feel emotionally affected. Hearing a good joke. Hearing
> very bad news. Our consciousness decides what is important information
> and what is not. When we receive important information, our brain
> becomes more active to blend in the new information with the existing
> ones. If we become active about a specific thought, we think
> extensively about it. In the background, each thought blends the neural
> connections of the new information with the existing "strong" network
> of knowledge. The new important information will represent a brand new
> neural net of its own forming its relationships with the existing ones.
> When there is an overload of important data in our brain, we feel
> stressed. Stress occurs when the brain becomes very active because a
> lot of neurons are signalling: "Hey, I have new important data here! I
> need processing time!". The thoughts jump back and forth responding to
> the many recorded important events. When the consciouss brain receives
> information that appear very important, hormones (chemicals) are
> released that make the information in the brain to be recorded as
> important. We feel those chemicals as the corresponding emotions
> playing role. The neurons allocated for storing those informations will
> keep on signalling until they have blended into the existing network
> representing the knowledge base. Thought processing is combining new
> information with existing ones. We recall the memories representing the
> problem to solve, and think of known situations that can resolve that
> problem. Understanding a problem later on and knowing how it can be
> avoided the next time, releaves stress as understanding reflects a
> completed blend of the neural nets regaring an issue. Neurons holding
> important data will keep on signalling until they have blended in.
> Returning to dreams, if people don't dream, regardless of stressful or
> not stressful days, people will go insane. Memory would be corrupted.
> So some sort of reorganization of data must occur during dreams,
> remember that emotions refer to data.
> George Bajszar
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