marc.geddes at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 05:57:18 UTC 2005
As an addendum to the above, you can actually see the consistency of my
conjecture with the Baars Global Workspace model and the Jeff Hawkins
memory-prediction framework for the mind.
If I'm right, what's going in the brain is that there's an emergent
property of the complex system which is the brain which trascends the sum of
its parts and this property is actually a sort of miniature space-time (or a
kind of 'pre space-time' ) if you like - there's a slight extension into the
extra time dimensions. It's exactly the same mechanism by the physical
space-time manifold is emergent from (and transcends) the sum of the
relations between physical objects in General Relativity, only on a smaller
Look at how it all fits: In the Baars model parts of the complex system
(the brain) that were seperate from each other get integrated and impose
global constraints on the complex system as a whole. These global
constraints also impose an 'arrow of time' on the system (a direction of
irreversible change). This is exactly what happens with the physical
universe when we consider the physical universe as a complex system. Parts
of the complex system (the individual relations between physical objects in
the physical universe) get integrated into an emergent property (i.e the
space-time manifold in Einstein's General Relativity) which imposes global
constraints on the system as a whole and we interpret these global
constraints as a direction of irreversible change i.e a arrow of time.
The 'arrow of time' imposed on the brain by the Baars global workspace
allows us to interpret the brain as a memory-prediction system whereby past
experiences get integrated with current experiences to make projections into
Only what Hawkins didn't realize is that there are *three* different kinds
of causality, corresponding to the actual three time dimensions of reality.
Baars has also failed to realize that his proposed model is actually a
property of *all* complex systems, not just the brain and his model is of
The first kind of causality is the physical causality of functional systems
(the first time dimension)
The second kind of causality is -volitional causality - where choices made
by a moral agent alter the memetic system (the second time dimension)
And the third kind is *mathematical* causality - where different kinds of
knowledge get integrated (Consistency and Causality). This last kind of
causality is the third time dimension.
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> THE BRAIN is wider than the sky,
> For, put them side by side,
> The one the other will include
> With ease, and you beside.
> -Emily Dickinson
> 'The brain is wider than the sky'
Please vist my website:
Science, Sci-Fi and Philosophy
THE BRAIN is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.
'The brain is wider than the sky'
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