Formations in the brain

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    jojoyyc Guest


    Formations in the brain by Yehuda Cohen

    It looks that the brain research is still anecdotic , trying to figure
    out the biochemical processes without overall concept or theory how it
    all working together to produce thought, feeling, memory etc.

    Formations are basic characteristic of natural complex systems
    ..Therefore formations are, in my opinion, basic to understanding
    brain processes.

    In that context, formations means understanding the brain as a cluster
    of formations with basic code which has the ability to adapt and to
    change itself .These features creates, for example, the self which is
    such a formation with the ability to feel and to think ,with the
    ability to communicate and to sense the environment, and with the
    ability to preserve and to develop the physical existence of our body
    while operating and creating links between the different formations.

    Why formations ?
    The principle is maximum efficiency in terms of time and energy, with
    the ability to cope with most possible situations , while taking into
    account optimal availability and priority from the efficiency view.
    Formation with initial patterns which can adapt and cope with the
    external and changing reality is much more efficient than anecdotic
    separate accumulating unit of thoughts and memories without any
    connections between them.

    If the formational structure exist , how is it being realized
    physically in biochemical terms and energetically at "hardware" and
    "software levels? Looking at the well known to us "product" (which is
    us) we can assume what are the needed qualities.
    How to find the logical and physical structures and the content of
    formations ?
    It is also possible that there are few types of formations for
    different needs and localities.

    What is brain formation?
    A system in the brain which has separate identity and specific aims,
    with a clear frame and borders , with specific content which has the
    ability to ever change, with the ability to accumulate and erase
    content, with the ability to communicate and cooperate with other
    formations, with the ability to response and to send and receive
    massages from other formations and body systems.

    Such a formation can be described as an "Object" as we know from
    computers world. Is the hardware level mainly "operating system" with
    certain specialization at a general level like hearing, sight and
    basic feelings?

    For example, fixation of feelings and of events and views is a
    psychological term describing in fact a formation formulated in the

    Brain theory based also on computer theory combined with the
    knowledge and experience in the sensual, mental, feelings, thought
    and learning fields can approach us to understand formation's
    structure , features and way of operation.

    The physical structure should have clear physical borders ,internal
    organs, electrochemical processes and thermo-dynamic states and

    The physicist Nick Herbert in his book "The Elemental Mind" referred
    to "quantum brain units" . If the brain formation has such quantum
    elements for example for coding behavioral and sensual memory what is
    the meaning of that level in time and space terms? Maybe that time
    and space are additional brain formations ?

    CARL JUNG's Architypes are for example modules that can be described
    as basic , fundamental and universal formations (at least in a
    specific culture). For example the "mother" archetype with which we
    all born is expressed as the evolutionary environment . We are born
    ready to wish a mother, look for her, to know and to communicate
    with her. Maybe the most important archetype to us is the "self".

    It could be that Architypes are the basic infrastructures of brain
    formations like conscious, subconscious, instincts, collective
    conscious etc..

    The development of a formation at hardware and software levels

    The "software" is the accumulation of the knowledge and information in
    the different brain formations when the consideration whether there
    will be repetition of information in different formations or
    alternatively receiving the needed information from another formation
    is a matter of energy and time efficiency for fastest reaction
    according to the role of the specific formation.

    Therefore, for formation with common areas there is a need in common
    database with good links and in ability to transfer whole features or
    part of them between formations.

    The development starts from the genetic born hardware ( like basic
    needs in food and feelings) and software connected to that hardware (
    like ability and necessity to learn and experience) . Next comes
    basic development in hardware (like sight, hearing , basic
    communication) and software (like understanding language , learning
    abilities, recognizing music, social experiences). Next stages will
    bring more changes and development in hardware and software ( like
    creativity, abilities to cope socially, economically, family raising ,
    higher education).

    The nerve system is the infrastructure of the "hardware"

    The hardware level – synoptic connections specializing in main areas
    like sight and hearing. The formations are probably build from fixed
    number of signs as the genetic code. Are there four or more signs ?
    It could be that there are a few levels of information keeping . When
    the more basic levels and formations are more rigid to changes than
    newer formations or uses in older formations.

    The software level – tiny energetic connections and combinations
    connected and interlaced to the hardware. The logic structure –
    differentiated borders , internal roles , inside and outside ways of
    communication , selectively saving and exploiting information.

    The definition from computers field can partly be used to describe
    brain formation." In this scheme, the digital object is the conceptual
    elemental unit in the information view; it is interpretable (in
    principle) by all participating information systems. The digital
    object is thus an abstraction that may be implemented in various ways
    by different systems. It is a critical building block for
    interoperable and heterogeneous information systems. Each digital
    object has a unique and, if desired, persistent identifier that will
    allow it to be managed over time" source:

    An object represents an individual, identifiable item, unit, or
    entity, either real or abstract, with a well-defined role in the
    problem domain
    An object has state, behavior, and identity; the structure and
    behavior of similar objects are defined in their common class; the
    terms instance and object are interchangeable
    "An "object" is anything to which a concept applies", and "A concept
    is an idea or notion we share that applies to certain objects in our
    awareness functionality:
    · Persistence, if material is moved, rearranged, or bookmarked;
    · Interoperability with other data from other sources;
    · Extensibility by adding new features and services through management
    of groups of DOIs;
    · Single management of data for multiple output formats (platform
    · Class management of applications and services;
    · Dynamic updating of metadata, applications and services
    For users, these features provide the ability to
    1. Know what you have
    2. Find what you want
    3. Know where it exists
    4. Be able to get it
    5. Be able to use it in a transaction
    jojoyyc, Sep 29, 2003
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    Luke Scharf Guest

    This is like telling a carpenter that his brain is a hammer. It's rather
    insulting that I might be as dumb as the machines I fix every day. They're
    complex, but comprehensible. With a computer, I can enumerate every
    possible state of the machine, if I have enough time. With people, well,
    where do you start? Intuition is the only way I've found to make any

    I haven't read the sources you point to - but Marvin Minsky's "Society of
    Mind" seems very similar. And when you sit back to think about what he
    wrote, he basically said that the standard programming techniques that are
    now taught in freshman Computer Science courses can make an intelligent
    machine. I can tell you that it ain't gonna happen any sooner than a
    carpenter can build you a sentient table. After all, it's just a stupid
    machine that does what it's told -- and I'm a smart human who can build it
    and put it to use like any other tool.

    But, what do I know... All I have is a CS degree, half of a lifetime
    fixing computers, and some darned good reasons to try and figure people

    Note to self: Never again feed the trolls!

    Luke Scharf, Sep 30, 2003
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