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Coding for the Brain: RNA, its Photons, and Piagetian Higher-Intelligence through Action

Author(s): Robert R. Traill

Modelling human intelligence? Hyland identified three approaches: •Physiological, •Mentalistic (as if outside 3D space), and •Mechanistic. Arguably their apparent incompatibility arises from a mistaken choice of scale, centred on the synapse as a basic unit for thought. Instead RNAcodons are now proposed as those fundamental elements (cf. Hydén’s forgotten 1960s findings). This conclusion also seems compatible with both (i) information-technology’s digitisation, and (ii) Piaget’s concepts of “schèmes,” and developmental stages.

For the more-complex code-structures (“schémata” alias “schémas”) needed for higher Piagetian stages, their necessary physical configuration is then considered — packable into virus-like “boxes” (capsids — typically 125nm diameter). These could be free to relocate into cortex-“archives” — either within Rakic’s migratory new-neurons, axon-transport or the bloodstream!

Such ultra-miniaturisation would need to communicate by infra-red signals — via myelin coaxial cables, but also somewhat free to operate radio-like, dependent on “call-sign” coding like phone-numbers. (Sun’s team demonstrated such electromagnetic duplicate nerve-transmission, in 2010). Also any “radio-like” abilities would allow continued participation after relocation (as if mobile-phones using WiFi).

Meanwhile traditional synaptic action-potential signalling is seen as analogue adjustment-signals: (i) in orthodox peripheral muscle-control; (ii) as constantly updating deep-brainwiring” via well-known Hebbian principle (an important, but secondary task — after main infra-re

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