k p Collins
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> CLARIFICATION, below:
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> > > > And, "of course", it =still= is "Re: Consciousness".
> > > >
> > > > See if you can find =that= in-here.
> > > >
> > > > If no one gets-it, I'll discuss a few days hence.
> > > > [...]
> > > [...]
Sensation - just provides a map of external
experiential 3-D energydynamics.
That is, "vision" is nothing more than the map-
ping of light onto the retina. [Visual perception
is explained below, but, first, I've got to make
this "TV-set" stuff clear by discussing other
It's easier to see the mapping with respect to
somatosensation [touch], because one's motor
activation is mapped in a way that closely reflects
somatosensory activation. That is, somatosensory
perception is less-'mysterious' because, if one
'touches'an obstacle as one walks, one must
either go around, or through, the space it occupies,
and either of these has widley-varying, but, never-
theless, stereotypical somatosensory correlates,
respectively, and these are coupled to mapped
Olfaction is between somatosensation and vis-
ion in this regard. The analogue of somato-
sensation's pressure, and motor-activation
correlates, are an aroma's graded inten-
sity as one orients with respect to its source.
Olfaction has a quality that's valuable in at-
taining an understanding of aware-conscious-
ness - it's easily-recognized [easily-'perceived']
dependence upon one relatively-'casual', but
relatively-universal, experiential reality - going
to one's Grandmother's Home, say, on a holliday,
for a Family-'traditional' meal. [It's Testable, in
the way that 'any' Adult offspring can recognize
his Grandmother's Home through smell alone.
This happens be-cause every Grandmother has,
through long experience, accumulated her unique
way of cooking :-]
Do you see the 'point' I'm working toward?
Each person's experiencing of his Grandmother's
Home is exactly-analogous, but, simultaneously,
Do you see why that's important?
It 'lifts the veil' from the way that a sensory system
[olfaction] is conformed by experience.
This's an important 'tool' in developing an under-
standing of aware-consciousness because somato-
sensation and vision exhibit this same quality,
but in extremely-more-subtle ways.
The important 'point' is that sensation is =just=
a mapping of external experiential 3-D energy-
dynamics into the nervous system, and this real-
ization is most-important as a 'tool' with respect
to the understanding of vision.
In vision, the "TV set" is 'just' the retina. Light
impinges upon it in the same way that light shone
through a doubly-convex lens illuminats a sheet
of paper. If the light that goes through the lens
is from a candle, then, if one adjusts the focal
length properly, one will see an upside-down
'candle' on the paper.
The analogous thing happens with respect to the
retina. The retina are the "TV Screen".
What happens beyone the retina is subtly-anal-
ogous to what happens with respect to each
person's olfactory experiencing of their Grand-
mother's Home - which is verified via experi-
ments in which experimental maniplations limit,
or restrict, the inputs to one eye - which results
in an asymmetric development of the 'striped'
patterns within occipital [primary-visual] cortex.
[Visual experience determines such - just like
olfactory experience tunes one's ability to rec-
ognize one's Grandmother's Home through its
It's important to understand what's in the
above discussion. It's a necessary 'stepping-
stone' to an understanding of aware-conscious-
ness. So work until you get it.
The 'point' is that, when one experiences vis-
ual-awareness, it's exactly as if one is looking
through a window. That is, the image does
not go beyone the retina. What happens be-
yond the retina is 'just' a multifaceted coupling
of visually-mapped activation of various inform-
ation-processing dynamics, all of which can also
be accessed via other sensory modalities. [More
on this later.]
Next, everything that's discussed in AoK is
necessary, but I'm not going to go over that
stuff, here, because I've already reiterated it
all over and over again.
In general, aware-consciousness is 'just'
TD E/I [my 'groan' is bigger than yours, but
I've been discussing aware-consciousness all
In somatosensation, for instance, the persep-
tion of something being "heavy" is 'just' the
TD E/I that occurs within the nervous system
with respect to =both= somatosensation and
motor activation - as the 'force' embodied
in the 'heavy' object [a boulder] is transformed
into sensory and motor activation that is topo-
logically-distributed, and relatively-large, rel-
ative to what it would be if the object in ques-
tion were 'light' [like a feather].
To understand this, one must follow sensation
into the nervous system, and motor activation
our of the nervous system. When one does so,
one sees [with logarithmic intensity coding]
that the 'heavy' and 'light' objects are repre-
sented within the nervous system via 'strong'
activation and 'weak' activation, respectively.
And it's within these dynamics that the earlier
discussion of the "lawnmower experiment' [in
the Proof of Tapered Harmony] becomes im-
The neural Topology is analogous to the mower
deck, only the neural Topology's analogous
functionality is more-complex. The nervous
system analogous of the 3-D shape 'menagery'
are experienced as "perceptions", and they are
literally like the 'pyramids' and 3-D rhombuses
of the lawnmower experiment except that, where
the mower deck's nonlinear vibrational dynamics
[including it's flexing, etc.] drove the formation
of the 'shapes' ["the forms" :-], TD E/I within the
neural Topology drives the formation of 'percep-
The dynamics of 'perception' occur in a way that's
literally just the opposite of the solid-to-liquid
phase transition that I've discussed over the course
of the past couple of months. Recall that 'liquifica-
tion' occurs when SSW<->UES harmonics are
forces out of mutual-synchronization, and this
results in energy being forced back into the UES.
Roughly, 'perception' [aware-consciousness] hap-
pens in a way that's literally an inverse of this, only
with specific respect to the neural Topology.
When TD E/I is relatively-low, that means that
'randomness' is also relatively-low, which means,
further, that individual neurons are firing in ways
that are mutually-'synchronized' - =not= in a
'gang-tackling' way, but in a way that 'fills-in-the-
gaps - in a way that literally becomes-'solid' be-
cause each neuron's activation 'interferes' =cons-
tructively= with the activation that its neighbor
neurons are experiencing.
The nervous system analogues of the lawnmower
experiment's 3-D water-'crystals' are "percepts".
Throughout all of this front-center orientation oc-
curs as it's discussed in AoK, Ap5, and 'attention'
just goes with orientation.
'Cognition' occurs, within all of this, as is discussed
in AoK, Ap7 [in particular, but all of AoK is nec-
That is, as is discussed in AoK, Ap7, prefrontal
cortex's 'brain-within-the-brain' functionality allows
particular attentional-foci to be converged upon,
again, via globally-integrated TD E/I-minimization.
=In parallel= with all of this, each of the myriad
'subsystems' comprising the "supersystem" are
both individually, and collectively, tuned, also via
globally-integrated TD E/I-minimization. The qualities
of affect that are evoked, for instance, correlate
rigorously with one's prior experience with respect
to that which is 'perceived' - with respect to that
of which one is 'aware', and so forth, with respect
to =all= 'subsystems'.
It's all 'just' TD E/I-minimization, as I've been dis-
cussing it for 'decades'.
The only thing 'new' in this post is the discussion of
the nervous system analogoues of the lawnmower
Which is why, seeing them that last day at my Dad's
Home just =BLEW ME AWAY=.
I Recognized them as 'the last piece of the puzzle' of
Consciousness. [And finally realized why folks hadn't,
yet, comprehended what is in "TD E/I-minimization.]
When I saw the lawnmower experiment's warer-crys-
tals, I saw how 'Aware-consciousness happens within
nervous systems - how 'vibrations' [neural impulse
dynamics] yield 'solid'-perceptions, and how 'per-
ceptions', literally, recreate the external, through
neural-topologically-relevant analogues that have one-
to-one correspondence with the external experiential
The "TV set" is the retina. It is the nervous system, as
a whole, and the brain inparticular, that 'looks-at' the
"TV set" - the "TV set" is =not-in= the brain. The
brain 'only' does perceptual-recognition-construction
and use stuff. I am conscious of the image on the ret-
ina be-cause of the globally-integrated TD E/I-mini-
mization dynamics that occur with respect to it.
The image, itself, is analogous to the image of the
candle, focused by the lens, onto the sheet of paper.
I have a lot more in my notes, and I'll build upon what's
in this post, but what's here is, essentially, what aware-
I've been discussing it all since I first came to b.n 15+
Anyway, I've got to 'run'. Ever since the guys tried to
take down the "leaning tree of Better Way", there's
been a breeze flowing through my trailer. I still don't
know how it happened, but the tape that held the
plastic over my slatted windows just got ripped-away,
and I've got to do all that over again. [I left to go to
Mass while they were still working on the tree - after
clearing out of my trailer after it had taken several
heavy-hits from falling stuff :-]
I just hope there's not a hole in the roof. I'm 'afraid'
to look. But I'd gotten the place to a 'state' of at-
least-'quiet' air. Now it's back to blowing-right-
through, and I won't be surprised to find a new
It's 20 degrees F outside, but it's way-colder
in here than it was when it was 20 below.
K. P. Collins
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