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The Artificial Brain

The Artificial Brain

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The above example clearly shows the main impact of experiences in our personal growth. But the
primary factor in this 'experiences experience' is ‘perception’. How do we interpret something ?

As tackled in the beginning of this article, the brain does not care what sort of input it has to process, as
long as linking and comparison is possible. The traditional five senses are human’s direct allies but I
would like to add one to that list, feelings or emotions. Although it is tempting to categorize this under
feeling, one must first dig into the purpose of the senses. The mutual thing they all have in common is
that they provide input to the brain, most of the time this will be external data like images, noise or a
certain smell. In case of feeling, the data can come from both external or internal information. You can
feel the table via the nerve ends in the hand (external), or you can feel pain in the stomach or knee

Feelings or emotions are always internal and an exception because they are variable. A situation can
make us angry one day, where another day we actually don't care at all about this. The other senses
are more regular in the way they operate. You won’t suddenly see, smell, hear or taste better tomorrow
and if you bump into a wall it will hurt as much as today. Emotions are a major input source for the brain
(both cause and result) and therefore deserve the term 'sense'.

The following example is probably one of the best ways to demonstrate how perception influences our
thinking process. Two boys and a girl are having a nice time in a club. At a certain moment during the
conversation, one of the boys says 'Yesterday I sat on the bed with my brother'. That is a fact !
Yesterday this one guy was indeed sitting on his brother’s bed. The second boy spontaneously starts to
smile because, as child, sitting on the bed with his brother always ended in a hilarious pillow-fight. The
girl on the other hand gets tears in her eyes thanks to a sexual abuse for many years on her brother’s
bed. Tree persons, one sentence, tree different interpretations and reactions : one neutral, one positive

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and one negative. The probability that the second boy (good experience) will be more and more active
involved in this conversation is great, because of the 'positive feeling'. With the girl, most likely the
opposite will happen ...

This also shows that both consciousness and subconscious actually are only capable of processing
simulation processes (what else would perception be ?) ! We do not live with facts, but with
interpretations of facts ! Someone with a little imagination could very well, and correctly, state that we
do not really live our life, but (at brain level) rather experience an interpretation of 'life' ... … which is
accurate since everything is belief as seen before !

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