Re: virus: Metasystem Transition

Dan Plante (
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 16:34:08 -0800

At 01:49 PM 1/31/97 -0800, Lior wrote:
>Dan Plante wrote:
>[Major Clips]
>Information transmission/retrieval flows to/from head
>to head through a population in a flash, in overlapping concentric wave-
>fronts typical of cellular propagation.
>All this makes it appear to the host as if he or she just "gains
>or understanding" about something, but doesn't know how, exactly.
>I once developed a similar story-string with something like 'Neural
>Dome' rather than 'MetaMind'. That sudden gaining of
>knowledge\understanding seems perfectly netural to the host if he
>recieves it as a flashback coming from his memory. So try to plug-in to
>the memory center rather than to this florid place between the

Yeah, I thought about that, but long-term memory is hellishly redundant
and distributed, whereas the hippocampus serves the function of sorting
and integrating newly acquired knowledge (short-term memory) into long-
term memory. It seemed the most appropriate place to interface the inputs.
The corpus collosum (note: I'm an arm-chair biologist) seems to be the
conduit whereby thoughts and memories are shared/coordinated between the
hemispheres, so I put the sampling and output taps there. But hey, who
knows? It may turn out that the best approach /is/ to grow millions of
"tapping dendrites" throughout the cortex instead (I'm not even a very
/good/ arm-chair biologist).


P.S.: Would your story be available in an archive somewhere?

The Metasystem Transition History of the "Dan Plante" System

initial conditions = data (conception)
control of data = information (conception to puberty)
control of information = knowledge (puberty to marriage)
control of knowledge = wisdom (marriage to divorce)