From: Chris Lofting (
Date: Tue 16 May 2006 - 16:44:46 GMT

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    Just to pre-empt some questions...

    The WHAT/WHERE aka differentiate/integrate dichotomy 'encoded' into the brain is covered in such sets of refs as:

    Rogers, L.J. & Andrew, R. J., (eds)(2002)"Comparative Vertebrate Lateralisation" Cambridge UP

    Hugdahl, K., & Davidson, R., (eds)(2003)"The Asymmetrical Brain" MITP

    And a lot of others;-)

    Zoom-in and the left/right differences are reflected in relationships BETWEEN lobes in each hemisphere and WITHIN a lobe (e.g. front temporal vs back temporal etc) as they are in pathways from sensory areas to association areas (dorsal/ventral).

    Keep zooming and you get to the neuron, axon(PULSE)/dendrites(WAVE) and the synchronisation dynamics of inhibit/excite to the cell soma as well as neuromodulator densities in the synaptic gaps influencing emotional exaggerations/dampening.

    Instincts get encoded into dendrite areas etc (and so post synaptic) and allow for context to PUSH the life form and so conserve energy.

    The overall focus is on a 'fractal' pattern where there is hierarchy all the way 'up' with each level reflecting the expression of the neuron but with more bandwidth etc allowing for more robust contexts to deal with increased control/regulation of information and interaction with the context.

    Reduce all of the behaviours to their general form and the 'fractal' is the self-referencing of the asymmetric dichotomy of differentiating/integrating. With the self-referencing out pop basic categories we use in interpreting reality of wholes, parts, static relationships, dynamic relationships. These GENERAL qualities/categories get customised - e.g. from Mathematics we have can map the basic QUALITIES of the types of numbers:

    Whole - whole numbers (prime/composites) Parts - rational numbers Static relationships (share space with another/other) - irrational numbers Dynamic relationships (Share time with another/others - morphic/cyclic change - imaginary numbers)

    These basic categories are derivable from the basic dynamics of the neurology. WE then create specialisations, e.g. mathematics and use them as sources of analogy/metaphor to flesh-out some other specialisation.

    Our basic sense of meaning, the 'feelings' we get are derived from the self-referencing and linked to each specialisation through sets of unique labels - same categories, different contexts, different labels.

    The feelings will seed the basic, generic, set of memes and so we reflect the neurology in our thinking where context favours pushing...


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