Brain Perceiving, Touch Theater, Disabled Conclusions

Some excerpts from Jeff Hawkins' "On Intelligence," peppered with notions about how this can relate to theater [in italics]. This is followed by videos which demonstrate the adaptability of the human mind. Lastly some concluding thoughts on disability.

"What do we do when we speak or listen? We manipulate symbols called words, using well-defined rules of grammar" (Hawkins 15).

[Interesting how language is frequently respected as the center of theatrical artistry.]

All the information that enters your mind is received by your brain as temporal and spacial patterns.
Temporal Patterns-- patterns are constantly changing over time.  
Spacial Patterns-- are coincident patterns in time, they are created when multiple receptors in the same sense organ are stimulated simultaneously. (Hawkins 57) 
[The body envelope (the surface of our skin) is one large receptor for tactile patterns, 
yet touch is an infrequently utilized means to communicate to audience members]

"The regions of the cortex that handle auditory input look like the regions that handle touch, which look like the regions that control muscles, which look like Broca's language area, which look like practically every other region of the brain. Mountcastle suggests that since these regions all look the same, perhaps they are actually performing the same basic operation" (Hawkins 50).

"The cortex does something universal that can be applied to any type of sensory or motor system." (Hawkins 52)

"Vision is no different from hearing, which is no different from motor output" (Hawkins 51).

You hear sound, see light, and feel pressure, but inside your brain there isn't any fundamental difference between these types of information. (Hawkins 56)

conclusions on the videos:
Bionic humans are here. The first video is intended as an informational video for adaptive equipment, The Brainport Vision Device. Though

The title of the second video frames the man as a "human-bat"-- kind of sensational, but interesting that this comparison is being made.  The info which is attributed to this video on youtube reads as such:

The "a blind man [sic]" to which the Discovery Channel YouTube poster refers is Daniel Kish.  He represents one of many who fall under the definitional term "blind," but loses his name for the sake of posting this spectacle . Kind of like assuming that the one lion at the zoo can be understood to stand in for all lions. This video is categorized as Entertainment. Note also that original poster tagged this video with the word "bizarre."

I once read that the so-called "disabled" are presently doomed to always be identified as disabled, no matter the challenges they overcome. Interesting how technology and animal metaphors are used to show that these parahumans have almost attained the functionality of real humans. And yet, even though we are witnessing human-typical brain functioning, we still see these people as augmented human forms

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