On May 11, 2013, I was so inspired by this video, that I stopped it right in the middle and decided to spend a year learning everything


KENNETH UDUT 1 year ago

On May 11, 2013, I was so inspired by this video, that I stopped it right in the middle and decided to spend a year learning everything I could about the brain and body and the Universe and how it all comes together before finishing the video.  Stayed up until five in the morning. Now one year and nine days later, I’m finishing it.


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Kunal M 1 year ago (edited)
Brains really are amazing things


Kenzo Takahashi 1 year ago
Good for you!


DS 1 year ago
And what’s your conclusion ?


KENNETH UDUT 1 year ago
sigh I had the long form of the answer all typed out and I somehow went “back”, losing it.  Brings me back to “why” I started researching this:

Since I was 11, I have wanted a “thought collector”. First one was a calculator paper tape on a board with a ripoff sheet and a pen attached with a string.  Made many versions since then (mostly on the computer, learning programming, etc) – but never fully satisfied.  But I figured I’d better collect everything ( I’m doing it on http://icopiedyou.com ) and see what comes up.

So, long story short; what was my conclusion?

a) Embodied Cognition explains best my beliefs.  The brain is not a computer in the head/nor a telephone switchboard/ nor a database : We model our idea of what the brain is based on the latest technology.

And these are all good, effective models, but not “enough”

I think the brains functions can be somewhat mimicked using sparse data sets as representation of switches flipped on and off representing aspects of a “concept” or “idea” or “function”… that our short term memory is NOR and our long term is NAND – and short term pulls analogies in from long term (NAND is a serial rather than parallel circuit – hence pulling seemingly unrelated things when we try to remember stuff)

NOR is parallel; why we can MAKE so many diverse connections so quickly and trim selectively on the fly while decsion-making.

But again; these are computer models of the brain; our ACTUAL thinking appears to be trinary rather than binary; I don’t think there is a need to invoke quantum stuff to mirror the brain; trinary is enough.

But anyway; embodied cognition says that we are brains + bodies + environments together; none are separate from the others.  They may interrelate to different degrees; but they’re all one thing.

I believe we have an error in thinking that goes WAY back to Aristotle; including the law of excluded middle; that contradictions are “bad things” and should be eliminated.  But contradiction is a part of our thinking processes; so is perspective and subjectvitiy and emotion;  Ignoring those things will get us pretty far but someday we’ll have to address subjectivity to have a complete “science of what it is to be human”.

b) We build our knowledge based on physical analogy; it happens so young that we don’t remember; but it’s the best way to explain how we learn so quickly; “this is a that, except these are the ways it is different”. I have more I can say, but this is a start.  Thoughts?


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