Re: Is the brain a serial processor?

Carol Tilley (
Thu, 9 Sep 1999 23:50:17 -0700

From: Robert J. Bradbury
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 1999 9:38 PM

> On Fri, 10 Sep 1999, Patrick Wilken wrote:
> > For such diverse tasks it is clear that the brain does operate in
> > parallel. But when it comes to tasks involving similar data items, the
> > brain appears to time-division multiplex, that is, focus its attention
> > on one object at a time so quickly that the conscious mind is not aware
> > of it.
> Oh, oh, I think this is Eliezer's, "unconscious congnition" raising
> its ugly head.

I don't know. I would assume you are referring to Wilken's endorsement of Luck. However, the time-stamps (see above) acknowledge your uncanny ability to reply to a post prior to its _conception_. <grin>

And here I had concluded that unconscious cognition might involve a two-faced head whose axis lay on the border of parallel universes. And I thought, perhaps, we could ask Tipler if we could use the hand-crank to start up the cylinder again.

And they thought that 9999 was an indicator for at-risk computational systems!

C. Tilley