The full diversity of what happens to us during our lives could be stored in the complexity of the neural circuitry as distributed parallel patterns.
Wilder Penfield, the famous Canadian neurosurgeon who reported how he could induce dreamlike flashbacks in his conscious patients when he directly stimulated their cortex during operations, most dramatically demonstrated this. He wrote, ‘They were electrical activations of the sequential record of consciousness, a record that had been laid down during the patient’s earlier experience.’ He even operated on his own sister and showed that direct stimulation of the cortex triggered motor actions, sensations and thoughts. It’s these patterns of connectivity that encode all the information we process, memories we store and plans that we intend execute. Love, hate, the capital of France, the winners of the last World Cup soccer tournament, how to pitch a tent, how to divide by ten, the plot of your next novel, the taste of chocolate and the smell of oranges – every feeling, bit of knowledge and experience you have or plan to have is possible because of the cascading activation of neurons. Everything we are, can do and will do is nothing more than this. Otherwise we would need ghosts in the brain and, so far, none have been found.
Bruce Hood. “The Self Illusion.”
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