& the ANN
Allocated Neural Network
No, I’m not talking about Ann and the Algorythms the female musical group that was so popular in the 70′s. I did, however, enjoy their unique blend of the gansta’ rap, square dance, hip hop, country and Beethoven genres . I’m talking about the ANN, the Allocated Neural Network.
For the purposes of this paper, the mind is considered to be an amorphous mass of neurons. It does not consider physiological or chemical aspects. Nor does it analyze special sections of the brain. Self help, meditation, and other well covered aspects are cursorily mentioned. This paper only covers what is generally un-addressed in conventional models of the mind.
The Allocated Neural Network is a model of the mind useful in understanding emotional patterns. It assumes the mind to consist of 100 billion neurons, in a random, free-form 3D amalgam, in two separate hemispheres specializing in top down and bottom up logic. There are two separate, but inter-related levels of activity. The Axon level, binary in function (objective) and the dendrite level, chaotic in nature (subjective). Each hemisphere has it’s own individuated axon network, which we will call an algorithm and it’s associated dendrite network. The dominant and sub-dominant algorithm are switched by the Amygdala to suit the conditions. These algorithms are what a psychologist would call a personality. This is what the ANN is allocated for, the building, maintenance and altering of the axon network as determined by the dendrite network. The unANN is, of course, the un Allocated Neural Network. The dendrite network is a piece of work, operating in 11 (13) dimensions and holographic, it allows for an enormous storage of data (memories, simulations, conditional responses etc) Chaos is synthesized by the ANN in the same way patterns are synthesized by Conway’s Game of life, or cellular automata. It is accessed by means of a Fourier transform.
Wetware is is what the ANN is allocated for. It is a re-programable system that allows the mind to index data, memories, concepts and provides links to these. It also sets the decision points in the algorithms accordingly. Basically the ANN, plus the defense mechanisms, plus the algorithms.
Consider a library in which all of the books were piled in a heap in the middle of the floor. It would be a pretty tough job to find an Ayn Rand book. The smaller the pile of books, the less time it will take to find it. Consider a telephone directory in which the names were entered in random order. How long would it take to find Ayn Rand? This is the way the pre-human mind works.
Time is the (un considered) limiting factor in how big the brain can be.
Enter wetware. We index the library. All of the books are put on shelves and to find a particular book all we have to do is look in the index to find that Rand, Ayn is in bookcase A, third row down and we can go right to it. We alphabetize the phone book and Rand, Ayn is near the beginning of the R’s, and we can go right to it. This is the way the human mind works.
The mind no longer needs to remember the data, but only the index of where the data is stored.
Consider Charlie and Polly pre-human walking through the jungle. A boa falls out of a tree and wraps itself around polly and crushes her. The next time a similar occurance occurs (as occurances are wont to do) It will take 6 seconds for Charlie to recall the memory and then begin thinking about what to do. Not too good for Polly. Now if Charlie were human, ie had wetware, the first time this happened, he would review the situation later and decide that next time he would grab a rock and pound the thing in the head, eating lunch instead of being lunch. His ANN sets a trigger point on his algorithm, and within 1/2 second he grabs a rock and begins pounding the head of the boa. MUCH better.
Now we get down to it. The unANN is the seat of cognizance. The massive brainpower that drives humanity. Must be complicated. Nope! Pretty dumb, actually. Real Dumb. Totally useless without the wetware programming ability of the ANN. Well what do it do? It do whatever the ANN programs it to do. It is free form, It can be a memory, reservoir of concepts that can be accessed by the algorithms, a “Holodeck’” to play out various scenarios so as to tweak the algorithms. Dreams. Indistinguishable from reality. While it’s really simple in concept and operation, there is a lot of it. This is the 80% of the brain that no one knows what it does. Expensive to fire this sucker up though, 300 calories/hour. This is why our metabolic rate increases when we sleep. It provides buffering and instant replay. It provides timeslip so as to give the illusion of continuity. It is a marvelous solution to the time constraints imposed by our environment.
The mind doesn’t think in the conventional sense of the word. If incoming data does not get a hit on the dominant or sub-dominant algorithm, It will search the chaotic level of each hemisphere (left first) 3 seconds ea. for a pattern match. If a match is found, It will alter the appropriate algorithm to reflect the best solution to date. The left hemisphere is where the “me” is, the right hemisphere is where the “self” is. These patterns are modified when the mind goes into the “sleep” mode, wherein various scenarios are acted out in full color, sight, sound, etc. In other words we dream. This is where “cognizance” is. If we must use the term “think”, this is where it occurs, (or day-dreaming, or pondering) The garbage we get upon awakening is snippets of the dream being flushed out of short term memory, so as to not be confused with reality.
Rene Descartes “I think therefore I am.”
ANN “NO, I think therefore you are.”
You will find no ANN “center” or dream “center” in the brain as you would the speech center. Logically they are closely connected but physically they may be anywhere in the brain. And each person is different starting with initial conditions. (butterfly effect)
This is a conceptual visual model of how the Sensory Input Interfaces with the ANN. The face represents the sensory input, the arcs the algorithms and the brain the ANN (10% of total). The first would be the primal defense mechanism (fight/fight), next the dominant algorithm, then the sub-dominant algorithm. If there is not a hit on the Primal defense mechanism (reflex, fractions of a second), the data passes through to the dominant, if again there is no hit it passes through to the sub-dominant. (reaction ½ second). If there is still no hit the data passes through to the left and right hemispheres of the unANN for direct search. (response 3 sec each). If there is still no hit the data will be put into the queue of the right hemisphere for constructionist processing by the ANN. Any hit there will modify the appropriate algorithm. The dominant and sub-dominant can be switched depending on the environment. Normally they are work and personal. A hit on the centering algorithm will default immediately to the think mode. Note that the algorithms are primarily a irrelevant data discarding mechanism.
In its most general sense, an algorithm is any set of detailed instructions. Dynamic Programming Algorithms: remember older results and attempts to use this to speed the process of finding new results. It is the seat of Personality.
WOW, That looks complicated. Yup. How can you understand it? I can’t. Fortunately I don’t have to. It is only necessary for the person’s ANN to understand it. The Mandelbrot equations will demonstrate the functioning of the algorithm for a simple response. But to what end? What purpose does it serve to find out which neurons fire if you jab an ice pick in someone’s eye? You want to find out whats wrong, not what’s right. You’re looking for patterns. Simply put, if the activity in the unANN is so intense it prevents the person’s ANN from accessing the indexed data stored in the unANN the person has an emotional problem. Whether you call it a spinout, storm, whirlwind or squiggly lines in the head doesn’t matter. Those are just words. What you are left with is the algorithms only and the limited computational power of the ANN. It may be partial. I’m sure a test could be devised to determine how severely the unANN is overloaded. You could then say that the person’s (Synchronous NeuronAccess Potential) SNAP is 73.427%. Again, to what end? Let’s just put it back to 100%.
There are only two algorithms active at one time, the dominate and the sub-dominate. Each algorithm resides on a separate hemisphere of the brain, which depends on whether the person is male or female. The amlygada performs the function of switching back and forth between the two hemispheres making one or the other dominant.
The algorithm’s are the avatars of the ANN, it’s way of interfacing with the world. AHA! you may say, I think, therefore I am. No. the ANN thinks, therefore you are. That sounds simple enough. Well yes, until I tell you that it’s at least 4 dimensional, probably more. Still want to understand ?