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Message 1 of 2 (126054)
07-20-2004 7:20 PM

Hello everyone,

My interest in biological systems is from the point of view of studying them to find mechanisms that can be applied to information technology (I think the term BIOMIMETICS is the technical word used to describe this).

I've joined the forum today, hoping to find people interested in neuroscience issues. In particular I'm interested in brain imaging experiments, especially if they relate to finding evidence of chaotic networks and attractor basins.

Over the past four years, I've been playing around with agent systems based upon stigmergy (the name given to the phenomenon whereby communication is via an environment - i.e., ant pheromone trails). This led me into the fields of dynamic systems, complexity and chaos.

About a year ago, I suddenly woke up to the fact that neuroscience is fast forwarding because of the discoveries being made with brain imaging techniques. The work of Walter Freeman seems to suggest that many of the neural processing networks in the brain are based upon chaotic networks and attractor basins. This piqued my interest and I've been trying to learn as much about it as I can.

I've brought this subject up in a couple of system control forums I belong to, but I'm afraid that the general opinion there is that this is some kind of exotic nonsense that doesn't have much credibility. Is this the view here in this forum?

I wrote a paper to try to explain how this might be applied to knowledge management, but, so far, it's gone down like a lead balloon.


Is there anyone in this forum who empathizes with this approach?

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07-21-2004 3:31 AM

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