By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

color_chartShakespeare wrote: “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” The perception of the world around us is something of a mystery. In theory, we can trace the flow of events from a photon striking a photoreceptor in the retina until the neural data pulse reaches the visual cortex. What is particularly difficult to assess is at what point the visual datum becomes available to our consciousness: when do I see the point of light? Likewise, we could monitor one of the taste buds and trace its signals to the brain etc., but might wonder when this pulse-train of data becomes a sensation of flavor such as chocolate.

The mainstream view of the “mind” (as the brain’s awareness of its own functioning) must be reconsidered in light of recent discoveries inside every cell. Instead of regarding the brain as some kind of biological computer, with the neurons acting like switches, we perhaps ought to think of every brain cell as a complete nanocomputer in itself, and the entire brain as a supercomputer made from 1011(one hundred billion) nanocomputers networked together in an organically-grown self-organized Internet. This many-into-One architecture that makes the Internet so robust also explains why the brain survives injury and reroutes functionality around damaged tissue.

If one assumes that each individual neuron has at least a small amount of memory, then the flock of a hundred billion of them is a distributed-processing matrix.

The mystery in this model is how the individual processors (i.e., the neurons) communicate or share complex data to create a consensus. In the quantum consciousness models  quantum entanglement makes consensus automatic and unavoidable. This is tempting, but leaves non-addressed the issues raised by multiple personality disorder, where apparently separate entities can share the same brain.

We propose, therefore, that the mind is software, not hardware. Software that runs on a processor matrix and collects all data. We are the data. When we grok the data and it becomes part of us, we experience it. All experience is experience of data; the only way to experience the absence of data is unconsciousness.

The quantity of data needed by an organism varies. Plants need little, since they don’t travel. Herbivores need to find nourishing plants. Carnivores need to track and hunt herbivores and smaller carnivores. As organisms become more complex, larger hardwares support the software. At a certain point the system has leisure time after hunting and can ponder ways to accelerate its comfort development by inventing weapons to make hunting more efficient and tools to make skinning and cooking more efficient.

The questions that remain are: where does this software we call the Soul come from, and where does it go? We know it does not originate with the body; all the body supplies is the computational matrix of the microtubules and the system bus of the neural net. How does the software get into it? The deist would say that God performs the system bootstrap into the  fetus; the atheist would say it arises from background noise  in a neo-Darwinian ecology of symbols and thoughts. Once again, we are left with an argument of irreducible complexity and intelligent design on one side, and self-assembly of genetic algorithms on the other.

–MRK

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3 Responses to “By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet”

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