[Paleopsych] From Eshel--A Glitch in Genetic-centrism--Joel
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HowlBloom at aol.com
Tue Mar 29 07:02:39 UTC 2005
Joel--What you say below sounds right to me. If I understand it rightly,
time is a recursion of boundary-making, an iteration of a differentiating and
aggregating process, a multiplier of the voids spaced between the nodes of
isness, and a grower of the clusters between the voids--as in your cellular
automata model. It makes sense.
And it fits with the notion that time is the most critical aspect of
perception, an idea that Jeff Hawkins proposes in On Intelligence, one of the few
new-idea-generating books I've read in a long time. Perception in Hawkin's
view is a flow, a music. As in music, we spot thje sensory world's ur-patterns,
its repetitive themes and their variations.
In higher cortical regions, we create invariant representations of a stream
of sensations, we sift the themes from of a parade of sense-impacts, we
capture the pattern of a surge of impressions that follow each other like the
notes in a melody. Hawkins thinks of these invariant representations as "Name
that Tune"-style song-spotting. We send the prediction that the name of the
tune--the invariant representation-- implies back down to the sensory level of
the cortex. If the song title predicts the incoming stream properly,
everything is fine. If the incoming signal-surge no longer follows the melody
predicted by the song title, more cortical regions are forced to rush in and try
other song titles, other invariant representations, other names for the
The cosmos is process. Time is as critical to understanding as are
Perception has to mirror the cosmos to work. So perception is a
time-process, a temporal-flow-identifier-and-predictor, a future-projector that works by
taking what's past and flipping it forward, sometimes with a new twist.
Music is practice for future-projection, for identifying patterns in the flow.
New musical styles and new songs are practice for the novelties that may lay
around the bend. Howard
In a message dated 3/28/2005 11:07:39 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
isaacsonj at hotmail.com writes:
I actually think more in terms of an Ur-Process that leads to Ur-Patterns.
In my view, our cognitive apparatus is comprised of zillions of those
Ur-Processes, interlocked in certain ways. The very elemental Ur-Process
involves local recursive discrimination of differences. Repeat: LOCAL
DISCRIMINATION OF DIFFERENCES is a key. Interlocution of many
Ur-Processes yields global Ur-Patterns that are pervasive in Nature, at all
(Biology and genetics are subsumed under these processes and involve the
Such Ur-Patterns come to our awareness as "snapshots" during the incessant
flow of the Ur-Processes.
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