Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lexical Concept, Mode of Thought, Conceptual Processes, etc.

A lexical concept is a inherent relation of the brain signaled by utterance, gesture or trace. An utterance such as "universe" is preceded by a conception or understanding of UNIVERSE. The utterance "universe" is the signal of UNIVERSE. A lexical concept is the concept signaled or conveyed by the utterance, gesture or trace. It is the thought behind the word.  So you see there are two actions: conception of a concept and signal of that concept. All words uttered, gestured, or traced are first and foremost lexical concepts conceived of by the brain.

Concepts are dynamic relational actions of the neurons and their connectors. The brain picks out, or identifies a relation between two or more objects of an environment and/or two or more concepts of a context. What happens in reality is that neurons send signals via a physical medium. Two or more neurons relate with one another via mediators connecting all the neurons, whether those be synapses or the EM ropes connecting all the atoms at a more fundamental level. Concept, idea, notion, thought refer to dynamic relational actions mediated by neurons imparting causal action and undergoing change effect via physical mediators.

'Lexical' is a modification or qualification of the concept CONCEPT. A lexical concept is a mode of thought that is well-defined, crisp, clear, meaningful, bright, etc. Concepts such as UNIVERSE, SPACE, MATTER, LIGHT, GRAVITY, CAUSE, EFFECT, I, ME, YOU, MOM, DAD, SUN, TOHU WABOHU, etc. are orders of magnitude clearer than the concepts of an animal.  I suppose animals do not perform the mode of lexical thought that humans do. They do not conceive of LOVE, JUSTICE, etc.  Humans have a modified intelligence.  The best concept I can conceive of to describe and explain the modification is CLARITY.

I suppose that only Adam and his descendants are able to conceive of lexical concepts. The why or how is a moot point studied and debated in all these new fields that have sprung up over the past years such as neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, etc. But I suppose that the action signaled as 'lexical' concept has something to do with the shape of Adam's brain, it's complexity, the number of neural arrangements, the way in which neurons are grouped together, association cortices, and the neural pathways and synapses developed through life. These mediate signals so as to clearly conceive. Personally I believe that God also stimulates brain activity in grace phenomena such as wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.  These are conceptual processes mediated by God imparting causal action to the brain.  

When a child's brain develops to the instant it can discern shapes their brain begins carving out clear relations between shapes and these are concepts. Even if the child is fed utterances or directed to tracings by the mother and father, the child still associates his or her own personal concepts that are increasingly clear, well-defined, meaningful, crisp.  And the child relays his concepts externally back through utterance, gesture, tracing.  To learn a word is to conceive of and understand the concept signaled by the word and then use that concept and signal concepts to self and others in utterance trace or gesture.  If a child was never fed word utterances, gestures or traces I suppose that the child still has the ability to pick out well-defined, clear, meaningful and crisp associations and perhaps even initiate a new language.    

An interesting question to consider:  Are lexical concepts stored in the brain? Strictly speaking they are not. One cannot store a lexical concept in the brain as if a pair of shoes kept stored in the closet. The reason is that like I speculated above concepts are relational actions of the brain cells. Concepts are conceived and understood anew at the instant, at the cutting edge of the universe, even prior to utterance and tracing.  Every time one thinks 'I' or 'motion', it is conceived and understood anew.  Every time one conceives a complex thought (a sentence) that complex web of thought is a new rational process.  Even if one is fed a concept in utterance, gesture or tracing that concept is conceived of or understood anew.  Even if one recalls a input of utterance or trace that related a concept the underlying concepts are conceived of and understood anew.  

It is as if each brain were its own civilization.  A child initiates his civilization when he conceived of 'I' and renews it at the instant.  A child's concept 'I' is renewed and evolved to an adult's concept 'I'. A concept is not an representation, nor an ability, nor an entity.  It is an act of the present.  

Every concept is conceived of and understood anew. Think of it. This is a profound proposal I am making. All concepts are conceived of and understood anew at the instant. I suppose that the brain has the ability to store icons of objects and this would include icons of traced characters. I also suppose the brain has the ability to store sound bites. But the brain, strictly speaking does not store concepts. Perhaps the brain receives signals from the environment like the film of a camera, however these are not thoughts. These icons are used in conceptualization and understanding, but the concepts conceived of and understood are always new at the instant. I suppose the impression of icons stimulates thought, but it is not the same to have sensory impressions stored in the head than it is to conceive of and understand an icon impressed in the brain. 

Another interesting idea to consider is that thought is practically mediated at C, i.e. the velocity of light. I suppose that EM ropes connect all the atoms of the brain and by extension the chemicals, cells, etc. and that light signals play some role in imparting the action known as thought. A concept is conceived and/or understood at C.

Here is a possible interesting insight I found in regards to thought is superposition:



The second physical law available to us is the superposition principle that states that a complex wave pattern resulting from the superposition of other waves patterns preserves the physical characteristics of the component wave patterns. This would apply to the activation wave patterns of neural nodes as well. When the activation wave patterns of different neural nodes are superimposed, their combined activation wave pattern preserves the characteristics of the component wave patterns. This would yield the very important and very intuitively satisfying result that when different thoughts are combined into a single complex thought, the resultant thought preserves the characteristics of the component thoughts.(4) For example, the single wave pattern that is the single thought (Rembrandt painted the Night Watch) contains as isolatable components the several wave patterns that are the individual thoughts (Rembrandt), (painted), and (the Night Watch).  ---NEURONS, CONCEPTS, AND CONNECTIONS IN THINKING, Arnold Vander Nat

Adam can conceive of and correlate a string of complex thought almost instantaneously. Clearly one can conceive and understand a complex thought or a sentence much quicker than one can signal that thought in utterance, gesture and tracing.  Even so, think of how quick thoughts are signaled externally in utterance, gesture and trace. Your thought is conveyed via the mouth and hands almost at C.  And thought is able to come together in a network that is either rational or irrational. Perhaps this is possible due to superposition.

Another interesting notion to consider is that the brain is a living object. Life is by definition unpredictable and by the by I suppose everyone and his mom has conceived of thought out of seemingly 'nowhere'. Thought can be unpredictable.  And one will think just to think.  Concepts are not just for understanding, communication, survival, etc.  They can be conceived of just for the joy of conceiving.  A bird will sing just to sing.  A human will think just to think.  

The brain is an object that undergoes anti-gravitational and unpredictable motion.  And so perhaps even the best model of neuroscience or cognitive science will never be able to unlock the subtle dynamics of thought happening in the brain. Personally I do not think that they will ever figure it out because the process is by definition unpredictable, 'plastic', always renewed, etc. In any case we do have the ability to choose and have some dominion over our thought.  A healthy adult can choose what he or she wants to think.


Another phenomenon I find fascinating is internal dialogue. One has the ability to signal his concepts to himself. But even in an internal dialogue or an exercise such as writing the lexical concepts are conceived of and/or understood by the brain prior to signaling to oneself. But then the signal to oneself stimulates the conception and understanding of new concepts. So it is a circle of re-conception.  Perhaps I could call this learning.  

There are many fascinating concepts to consider in regards to neurons, concepts, language and the brain. I wish I had more time to learn all of this and anyone is welcome to come criticize and correct me.  But if one could take one idea from this blog the most important is that concepts do not refer to an entity that can be stored in the brain.  

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