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Re: [ontolog-forum] Sabotaging a communication system is not a new idea

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:40:02 -0500
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On 11/25/2014 1:10 PM, Michael Brunnbauer wrote:
> If I remember right, the problem is that the connectome does
> not include synaptic strength and other important details and
> that you have to simulate body and environment in great detail
> too to get the right inputs and test the simulation. The chemistry
> and physics matters - especially with only 302 neurons.    (01)

All those points are important.    (02)

Furthermore, a single-celled paramecium, which has no neurons
of any kind, exhibits complex behavior:  finding food, mating,
recognizing obstacles, and "remembering" them long enough to
navigate around them.    (03)

Experiments show that a paramecium is also capable of learning
-- in the sense that it responds faster to stimuli that it had
previously encountered and responded to successfully.    (04)

Since the structures of any cell of any animal (including neurons)
are as complex as those in a paramecium, it seems likely that each
neuron has similar capabilities.  That implies that the so-called
"neural networks" that treat each neuron as a simple switch are
grossly oversimplified.    (05)

John    (06)

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