Re: Human intelligence is obviously absurd

From: Martin Striz (
Date: Sat Jan 29 2005 - 12:41:04 MST

--- Keith Henson <> wrote:

> At 06:00 AM 29/01/05 -0800, you wrote:
> >Suppose that humanity, instead of evolving intelligence on a hundred
> >trillion 200Hz synapses,
> Excuse me if I am preaching to the converted, but if you don't know Dr.
> Calvin's proposed mechanisms for how thinking occurs, it might be worth
> taking a look here:
> The problem might not be as large as implied.
> Much of what Calvin thinks generates mental activity and eventually
> intelligence is in the communication mechanism between cortical "elements,"
> groups of roughly 100 cells in a bundle about 0.03 mm in diameter. (There
> are detailed drawings in this URL) I think some substantial number of
> cells operating in concert is required to get consistent activity.

This is among the reasons why I think the simple synapse-to-flop conversion is
erroneous, though I'd like to elaborate on it more in the future.

Martin Striz

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