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gamma Tue, Apr 19, 2011
What you think your eyes see is mostly a memory. People think they're seeing what's in front of their eyes, but the way we think while awake is more like a dream than what's in front of our eyes. I often look straight at something and don't see it because I don't remember it. Next time you see something unlike anything you've seen before, close your eyes and think about drawing a picture of it. If you saw 2 birds behind it, are you sure you didn't see 3 birds? Was the first bird flapping its wings up or down just before you closed your eyes? My picture would be very blurry. If you were standing beside me, you wouldn't be able to tell my picture was of the same thing you're looking at. I used to have a visual memory, able to draw such a picture very accurately, but I decided there were more advantages to not thinking in such a strict logical way and slowly lost the ability

Ben, I really liked the introduction. I see that you were inspired later with my writing. The interpretation of visual input ends up with the neurons that represent complex items. May god help us all, we have a neuron that stands for you.

In the brain, all neurons are reachable via 3 neurons. So, how would the brain know which information is important or what stands out? Logically, the debates travel through the feedback networks, which dominate the cortex.

The mental landscape is formed by magnifications and minifications, and ultimately selections of data.

The brain is obliged to be faithful to the outer world and its coordinate system at the input gateway (senses) and on the output (at the execution). In between, in the processing areas, the brain possesses other coordinate systems that are shaped in ways in which the neural surroundings are worlds to the neurons.

The challenge consists in answering why would any of these coordinate systems be faithful to something out there in the universe.