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[Neuroscience] Re: how the brain thinks, a conjecture

Entertained by my own EIMC via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by write_to_eimc from ozemail.com.au)
Mon Mar 19 22:52:13 EST 2007

Am liking how you have used available brain-science facts with the apparent 
aim to arrive at a simplifying, yet unifying, explanatory reasoning about 
how we work.

And I think you have succeeded very well.

Most people keep themselves pleased (or free of psychological pain) by 
noticing, picking out, and pointing out to others, what *they perceive* as 
being loose ends and new or since long existing but not yet fitted-in but 
relevant (at least as it seems to them) facts or observations and 

Just one reflection (one that is non-critical of your "conjecture"):

To me it seems important to recognize that "the novelty reflex" is at the 
base of everything we do that involve neurons; and, that this non-learned 
kind of reflex (the existence of which does not depend on any prior 
conditioning) are joined and 'supplemented' by "reinforcements" 
(LTP-changes) of neurons whose activity is at the essence (or essential part 
of) what might be described as our perception of and "actending to" 
primarily opportune (directly or indirectly procreation promoting) and 
primarily adverse (frightening or painful) aspects of our "Total Situation".

["Actention" (and thereof "actending") is an amalgam of the words "activity" 
and "attention" one that combines emphasizing the implicit '"focusing" and 
"paying" aspect-meaning' of "attention" with the word "activity" _meant in 
the sense of_ any particular motor or muscle-work involving behavior 
(and/or) emotion (and/or) mental (cognitive) preoccupation.]

["Total Situation" =  The constant weighing together of our presently 
received environmental influences, our personal past "conditioned-in" (and 
in our parents and grand-parents epigenetically imprinted transmitted and by 
cultural/social-interactive transmission passed on) experiences combined 
with all our phylogenetically established predispositions.]

IMO one can loosely (but well :>) consider the basal ganglia to be "a 
central actention-switching station", and the TRN to be a central 
pain-perception filtering device, and the frontal lobes as being an 
especially ambiadvantageously adaptive (and evolved/naturally selected to 
that effect) "super system configurating" (to borrow from someone who is 
very famous in bionet.neuroscience circles) functure.

In any case, what is carried out by our brain (or nervous system) together 
with the rest of us (other functional cells and cell structures) and our 
influential surroundings is (as I see it) an "actention selecting service".

And so, in that sense, I am more than happy referring to ourselves as having 
an "Actention Selection System" (as an alternative to calling it the brain 
or nervous - or central nervous - sytsem).

It is also seems valuable to me, not just from an evolution pertain 
theoretical perspective, to use a concept (in this case a conEPT) that 
reminds us of that we are using vital energy (or, more generally, finite 
'brainbody resources') when we attend (actend) to "this or to that" and "in 
one way or another".

Finally, I contend that it is worthwhile to look at and understand ourselves 
and our brain, metaphorically, as a competition (that goes on at different 
more or less interdependent levels or "divisions") between differently 
weighted (by our phylogeny and prior experiences) "actention modules" (many 
which are get acquired as we grow and learn), by means of (in a general 
sense) "lateral (intermodular) inhibition".


<rscan from nycap.rr.com> wrote in message 
news:1173641442.409858.179100 from n33g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
> This paper describes a nervous system while it thinks. Thinking is
> described as the interposition of synaptic events beyond minimal
> reaction time. If anyone is aware of groups or sites where similar
> things are talked about, please let me know at
> rscan from nycap.rr.com
> or in this group.
> Ray
> If anyone is interested in how the brain comes to think, they might
> try
> http://home.nycap.rr.com/rscanlon/brain/brain.htm

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