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originally posted by: KellyPrettyBear
a reply to: Rosinitiate
It's telling, that 'Forbidden Planet' is one of Aquinos favorite movies of all time.. and
he uses it to explain the Great Pyramid and other things.. I concur that, that movie
is perhaps the most important movie ever made.. as it demonstrates a great truth
about our world.. it has vast explanatory power for all phenomenon, both 'real' and
'psychological'. Throw in the magician's self-delusion story and magician's trick
explanations..and in fact you'll see that MA knew far more than you'd expect he did.
originally posted by: Logarock
a reply to: Rosinitiate
I suppose its there, the strong suggestion anyway, in history going back, that there are some other dudes hanging out on the planet. Good, bad, ugly. And what a great cover for that by pointing to outer space as an origin. That does tend to evade a lot of questions that will arise from the organic to earth idea. You know always been here. That's presents a great deal more of an explanation problem than the idea of a galactic federation just now sending representatives with advanced technology to move mankind onward. If they had to explain that they have always been here then they would have a lot of explaining to do considering human history. Like hay man wow, you guys have always been here and had all these toys but just watched mankind poke along for centuries? And now there is some talk about man entering into a super age in conjunction with these hyper tech guys from outer space just never mind that they have been here for a very long time. Sort of puts them on the spot for a congressional hearing or some sh*t.
If two heads are better than one, then Miguel Nicolelis is developing a super-head. Or, perhaps, a super-computer. And, it seems, he’s not content with only two. After successfully linking two rats’ brains together and having the animals communicate and collaborate together on simple tasks, Nicolelis--a well known neuroscientist at Duke University--said he wanted to get more animals connected. "Basically, we are creating what I call an organic computer," he said.
First, two rats were trained to press a lever when a light went on in their cage. Press the right lever, and they would get a reward--a sip of water. The animals were then split in two: one cage had a lever with a light, while another had a lever without a light. When the first rat pressed the lever, the researchers sent electrical activity from its brain to the second rat. It pressed the right lever 70% of the time (more than half).
We consider all models of the thalamo-cortical system that satisfy the following two assumptions: (1) each cortical column is an autonomous oscillator; (2) connections between cortical columns and the thalamus are weak. Our goal is to deduce from these assumptions general principles of thalamo-cortical interactions that are independent of the equations describing the system. We find that the existence of synaptic connections between any two cortical columns does not guarantee that the columns interact: They interact only when there is a certain nearly resonant relation between their frequencies, which implies that the interactions are frequency modulated (FM). When the resonance relation holds, the cortical columns interact through phase modulations. Thus, communications between weakly connected cortical oscillators employ a principle similar to that in FM radio: The frequency of oscillation encodes the channel of communication, while the information is transmitted via phase modulations. If the thalamic input has an appropriate frequency, then it can dynamically link any two cortical columns, even those that have non-resonant frequencies and would otherwise be unlinked. Thus, by adjusting its temporal activity, the thalamus has control over information processing taking place in the cortex. Our results suggest that the mean firing rate (frequency) of periodically spiking neuron does not carry any information other than identifying a channel of communication. Information (i.e. neural code) is carried through modulations of interspike intervals. © 1998 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
In 2010 I gave a presentation at NASA JSC-Houston, one part of which included my discussion on what I call the "cortical radio". Two neurons connected in series form an electrical diode, the basic element of a radio receiver. The billions of 6-neuron cortical columns of the human brain form a phased array send-receive "radio", amplifying the signals between human brains. This is the basis of telepathy. Some people appear to perform this feat easily, others hardly ever. It comes with the brain's inherent design, wireless, and nothing to be added unless you want better reliability. Agreed?