Friday, January 26, 2018

A Surprising Secret About Sequence Learning in the Brain

This Is Not the Way It Works

Note: This article is not meant for atheists or materialists. It is for believers only. Sorry.

When thinking about how sequence learning might work in the brain, most people would imagine some sort of neuronal mechanism that strings activated nodes (minicolums) together, as one would string pearls to form a necklace. Well, this is not the way it works. Surprisingly, the brain has no special mechanism for sequence learning. The brain forms the pearls that will go in the necklace but does not string them together. Sequence learning occurs automatically. That is to say, the pearls know where they belong in their sequence. It gets even better. If the order of the sequence changes for whatever reason, the pearls will automatically rearrange their positions. How is that possible?

The Timer

The trick is to use a timer. I have always maintained that the brain is essentially a massive timing mechanism. The hippocampus can generate special spike trains that are sent out to the cortex and used for timing purposes. When a node is activated, the time of its activation is immediately recorded and the node is given an initial activation strength. This is what neurobiologists and psychologists refer to as a memory trace. Unless reawakened multiple times and strengthened, the trace dissipates and the memory is gone. What is interesting is that, during recollection, the brain can use the same spike trains internally to reactivate the nodes in the exact order in which they were activated.
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Peter ( said...

Very interesting.. as always.

Rick Deckard said...

Just wanted to thank you for your writing. You've inspired my insanity to achieve what nobody could since the 80s. Right now I am at home, putting the final touches on a prototype, of a system beyond one's imagination & any which is created by man today; and won't be for at least another decade. This was my goal, to create the impossible. I can finally say "I did it".

I ran into your article and something in my brain went haywire. I remember not sleeping for 2 days after reading the COSA paradigm. I was hooked.

Since then I went beyond the imaginable, hired artists, programmers and hardware developers, read every cybernetics book and spent 10 years and over a million dollars out of pocket. At this point I am literally broke, but I am 200% confident this will make me at least a billion dollars in the next few years. And its not about the money. This is about the future, NOW!!!

"You newer models are happy scraping the shit... because you've never seen a miracle."

Louis Savain said...

Rick, I am very impressed but, if you are referring to some kind of AI breakthrough, I have to say that I have my doubts, sorry.

Rick Deckard said...


Its a break through in computer science first. The problem with current state of affairs in CS is our inability to communicate with the "black box".

Everyone is focusing on improving the machine's understanding but only a small number is focusing on how to take communication to a whole new level, which is much harder, since one would have to understand art, science and G-d equally, instead the scientific method and especially the new agile methodology dumbs everyone down.

Cybernetics is where it all converges, and the funny thing nobody cares anymore. Everything they thought will happen in the 60s didn't happen so people stopped paying attention to a science equal in potential to that of geometry. There are thousands of articles on the topic but it all faded. I was surprised not even Blade Runner 2 mentioned it.

In a few months when we finish the system, not much left. Doing anything on the computer will be like making art, anybody can do it.

Experimentation is still a black art in computer science, you have to have over a decade of real experience in order to achieve anything substantial from design to architecture. And judging by personal experience its not happening any time soon. thank the guys who get off on computer "languages", "my language is so good", "look at the language I made", which might seem like a good idea, but each invention only takes us a step backwards.

I recommend a few books, "Cybernetics" by Wiener & another by W Ross Ashby. Also God & Golem Inc by Wiener

Louis Savain said...

Rick, I impatiently await your unveiling of the new paradigm. If it is as great as you describe, it should make the headlines.