Re: [sl4] Is the Global Stockmarket a neural network?

From: Dagon Gmail (
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 10:57:51 MDT

I would hardly qualify a disorganized mess like current markets as having
the level of order as a brain.
I tend to interpret people defending the wisdom of the free market in the
same manner as
people defending the selfregulatory qualities of an avalanche.


2009/3/11 Petter Wingren-Rasmussen <>

> After reading Simulation, Consciousness, Existence<>by Hans
> Moravec. I started thinking about possible neural networks that already
> exists, outside of brains and computers..
> I think the Global stockmarket can be viewed as a neural network. Comparing
> it to the brain:
> 1. The brains neurons often fires several times rapidly when firing -
> several stocks are bought and sold at once at the stockmarket.
> 2. EEG patterns in a healthy brain are predictable in the short term - same
> is true for short term stock prices.
> 3. Neurons in the brain often fires because of stimulation from other
> neurons, or cease or refrain from firing due to inhibition from other
> neurons - similar effects happen in the stockmarket, where buying and
> selling is influenced in similar ways.
> 4. The brain has been estimated to contain 100 billion neurons - I dont
> know how many companies are registered on the stockmarket in total or how
> many persons that are actively buying and selling on it.. (hard to find a
> precise analogy for neurons here..)
> Any thoughts on this?


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