The Engram Problem

James Teo james at
Wed Jun 19 21:00:51 EST 2002

On Tue, 18 Jun 2002 18:34:55 GMT, "Kenneth Collins"
<k.p.collins at> wrote:

>my view is that Karl Lashley got it right ~~50 years ago.
>what's referred to as "memory" occurs as a function of the whole network, as
>the network 'strives' ['blindly' and automatically] to achieve maximized
>'inhibition' and minimized 'excitation' topologically-distributed within it
>[shorthand TD E/I(min); the minimization of the topologically-distributed
>[relative] ratios of excitation to inhibition].
>it works be-cause it's all rigorously aligned with the one-way flow of
>energy from order to disorder that is what's described by 2nd Thermo
>[WDB2T], and so is the rest of physical reality.
>no one will ever 'find a memory in a neuron', all they'll ever find is this
>or that neuron's functional contributions to 'memories' that're stored,
>retrieved and cross-correlated ['associated'] within the neural topology as
>a whole.
>[i've got an old hypertext monograph that outlines the mechanism. i'll send
>it to you [and anyone else] if you [and/or they] want it. [dl about 300k,
>expands to a meg, runs under Windows.]]
>k. p. collins [ken]

Me too. Can I have one too?

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