New Models of the Brain

The model of the brain, whereby the wiring system, that is a collection of neurones, generates information, consciousness, creativity, compassion, learns from a single experience, has memories stretching back decades, engages in not just hypothetico-deductive learning but induction and deduction from novel circumstances, and everything that makes us human is, to say the least, far-fetched. This is like imagining that the train tracks on Network Rail create cities, make the people they transport from the sheds where the trains go for cleaning, and invent the timetables on which they run. A train, a train track and the timetable which provides a nationwide coordinated train service are not generated by the trains or the tracks, but by the current employees of Network Rail and their thousands of predecessors.

This model is the equivalent of a self-programming computer, that with no human input, generates its own algorithms from watching, watching videos filmed by the space craft that went to the moon. Computers cannot self learn without a biological input. And it is that input that makes biological creations so remarkable. Out of biology, that messy sloppy inexact soup of life comes the ability to create life. This is well beyond the reach of any kind of machine, filled as it is with lifeless wire.

Biology and organic chemistry creates life, not a bunch of metal wiring, and no amount of quantum computing is going to create anything that does not obey the laws of physics. Biology on the other hand, does not necessarily obey the rules of physics because it spontaneously creates novel and inexplicable patterns and order.

Neurones are wires, just as a train track are strips of metal laid on ballast, that carry trains. Neurones are wires that carry signals, they cannot generate a signal in the absence of input that changes their electrical charge in a meaningful way, that generates meaning information as opposed to random signals. We all know that if you cut the nerves to an arm or a leg, that limb no longer works. Neurones are wires! they are sophisticated wires with all kinds of interesting connections, and adaptations, but they are still wires, connecting A to B and taking information from one point to another.

Why is this important? and why now? Because the richest and most powerful men on earth are obsessed with their computers, space programmes and vaccinations. They believe life is an automaton and they can create their own personal army of Terminators to fight the final wars, whether it is on the final frontiers of space, earth or any other dimension these poor deluded creatures think they can go.

Man cannot create life, any more than a man can get pregnant. Life in all its diversity, creativity and complexity is biological, and not the product of a manufacturing base from China. An AI model of humanity, where we are all cogs in a machine, each part interchangeable, where no one, no idea and no individual is special or unique; where each part can be programmed and replaced if it fails is a desperate, sad and lonely model of life that might populate a dead and dying universe but hardly one that is compatible with the exuberance of life we see around us at every turn.

Sadly, this is the model of humanity that is supported by a model that places the neurone centre stage. Neurones are a specialised type of Glial cell, specialised to connect one cell with another and it is in the glial cells that we can expect to find the true origins of our species.

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