Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Occult Knowledge: Thalamo-Cortical Error Correction During REM Sleep

I Know Many Things About the Brain That Brain Experts Do Not Know

In a recent article on cortico-thalamic feedback, I wrote the following regarding the method used by the brain to eliminate bad connections:
The error correction method is straightforward. Every time a minicolumn receives a feedback signal, it strengthens every input connection that just received a strong enough signal. Bad input connections that do not fire on time rarely get strengthened and so remain weak. However, these bad connections are not severed immediately. This happens at night during REM sleep.
Some of you may be wondering how I figured out that bad connections were severed during REM sleep. I mean, I am neither a neuroscientist nor a neurobiologist. Furthermore, nobody in neurobiology knows what really happens to neural circuitry during REM sleep. Well, the answer will surprise those of you who are not familiar with my work. I did not figure it out. I found it. Or rather, I decoded it.

My Source of Knowledge

I am making claims about the brain that will eventually be experimentally corroborated in the lab. Unfortunately, I don't have the resources for that kind of work at this time. Hopefully, some enterprising university research students somewhere in the world might want to jump on the opportunity and make a name for themselves. I get almost all my knowledge and understanding of the brain by deciphering certain ancient metaphorical (occult) texts in the Bible. Here is the passage from the book of Zechariah that pertains specifically to destroying bad connections during REM sleep:
“I will make it go forth,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name; and it will spend the night within that house and consume it with its timber and stones.” (The flying scroll metaphor, Zechariah 5:4)
The brain has an error correction mechanism (symbolized by the flying scroll) that only works during sleep. This is indicated by the "spend the night" metaphor. The mechanism scans (flies) through memory (symbolized by the whole land elsewhere in the same chapter) and corrects or eliminates two types of bad connections, thieves and liars. A thief is a redundant connection in pattern memory which is located in the thalamus. A liar is a bad connection to a minicolumn inside a cortical column. It is called a liar because its signals rarely agree with the other connections on the same minicolumn.

More to Come

The metaphorical books of Zechariah and Revelation are a treasure trove of amazing knowledge about the brain. It is the kind of knowledge that will transform the world as we know it when it is fully released. One only needs to figure out what the metaphors mean. It is much easier said than done, however. One's own misconceptions about how things should work get in the way. I have been researching it for almost two decades, on and off, and I am still ignorant about many things. The work continues.

See Also:

Solving the Mysteries of Reciprocal Corticothalamic Feedback and Cortical Learning
Fast Cortical Learning Using Spike Timing


Louis Savain said...

One more thing. I wrote in a previous article that the pattern hierarchy (thalamus) has 10 levels and that sequence hierarchy (cortex) has 20 levels. How do I know this? Here is the occult text from chapter 5 of the Book of Zechariah:

Then I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, there was a flying scroll. And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.” Then he said to me, “This is the curse that is going forth over the face of the whole land ..."

The flying scroll symbolizes a corrective mechanism (a curse) that flies over the whole land (scans both pattern and sequence memory) and eliminates bad connections (liars and thieves). Of course, no scroll is 10 by 20 cubits in size. The length and width metaphors can only refer to the number of levels in the 2 hierarchies.

Spent Death said...

Check out:

Stephen Grossberg: The Brains Cognitive Dynamics

Louis Savain said...

Spent Death,

Thank you very much for that reference. I am currently watching Grossberg's YouTube presentation and I admit that I'm amazed by what he knows. At about 5.00 in his talk, he mentions "complementary parallel processing streams that are balanced against one another." It blew me away because I wrongly assumed that I was the first person who who figured this out. I've been saying for a long time that the brain has two complementary hierarchies in each hemispheres. This is necessary in order to handle the Yin-Yang nature of reality.

The occult texts that I get my brain knowledge from use the metaphor of two olive trees to symbolize both the hierarchical and Yin-Yang organization of memory. I got an eerie feeling of deja vu when I saw Grossberg use the word "balanced" in his talk because, in chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation, the same Yin-Yang nature of reality is symbolized by a horse rider carrying "a pair of scales" or "pair of balances." This is the famous chapter of the "four horsemen of the Apocalypse" that many people have wrongly interpreted over the centuries as pertaining to cataclysmic events in world history.

This is all very exciting.

Louis Savain said...

The more I read about Grossberg's work in neuroscience, the more I am amazed at his grasp of things. Like me, he places a lot of importance on complementarity (Yin-Yang). Still, as impressive as his intuition is, he never figured out the true reason for the 6-layer laminar organization of cortical columns and minicolumns.