emergent behavior : question: job of a neuron

Ron Blue rcb5 at msn.com
Sat Sep 8 14:00:09 EST 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: "yan king yin" <y.k.y at lycos.com (no spam please)>

> "Matt Jones" <jonesmat at physiology.wisc.edu>:
> > In the study of cellular automata (sometimes called artificial life)
> > there are a lot of interesting so-called "emergent" behaviors that
> > populations exhibit, such as flocking of birds, ants following
> > coherent trails, stuff like that.
> I have been thinking that the brain has emergent behavior at the level
> of neurons. But there is a problem with this idea: The pattern of
> innervation inside the brain is specified by genes and is stereotypic,
> ie not varying among individuals.

All right lets apply the same logic to brass balls.  The genes in brass
balls would block any collective emergent behavior because they do not have
any.   Two speakers vibrating at low frequencies at different positions have
no genes for emergent behavior.  The tray which will hold the vibrating
balls do not have genes.

When brass balls are vibrated in such a system they will demonstrate
emergent behavior of oscillons or different geometric designs.  Oscillon
information at http://super.phys.northwestern.edu/~pbu/ .

Ron Blue


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