The Place of Quarantine – From Memory To Thought

“And then the brain ‘swirled in,’ as if through a funnel, into the required area of the phase space, obeying the laws of chaos, which was not chaos but the highest order…” – THE PLACE OF QUARANTINE

myqmarkWe stayed up very late. I barely asked any questions and made no notes; I just listened. The next morning, I realized that I remembered and understood everything.

The concept of an attractor was obviously connected with the principle of minimal energy. I roughly estimated the properties of phase trajectories, minimizing the free energy of my system. As expected, they satisfied the conditions of deterministic chaos. The superposition of the brain’s stable states was an attractor of a certain type – the same strange attractor Kirill had been talking about. An intricate figure Poincaré had described, much more complex than ordinary circles and spirals…

I immersed myself in chaos theory – wondering how I could have gone so long without it. Little by little a new picture of the dynamics of the brain was emerging – and I sensed it was accurate and true. The brain, recalling a familiar smell or word or, say, reanalyzing an idea that has already been formulated, “moves” through states that are close to those that had once been formed and “encoded” in the quantum condensate. The brain’s accumulated experiences, as well as the thoughts linking them together, are mapped into a hierarchy of converging trajectories: attractors in the space of states, attractors in the space of attractors, attractors in the space of attractors within the space of attractors, and so on. It was categorization, abstraction through the hierarchy of attractors, that explained both the incredible sensitivity of the brain to external stimuli and the flexibility of human thinking, the ability to form thoughts through associations and analogies. Events that evoke memories – for example, the flash of a face in the crowd, or the slightest trace of a smell – did not lead directly to the goal. They only defined the regions of the “attractors’ landscape” at different levels of abstraction. And then the brain “swirled in,” as if through a funnel, into the desired area of the phase space, entered the required dynamic mode deterministically and purposefully, obeying the laws of chaos, which was not chaos but the highest order. Order, defining the laws of thinking!…” – THE PLACE OF QUARANTINE

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