Sunday, 11 December 2011
Memory- The Mechanics behind the Mechanism
The query probes a familiar sensation, the desire to respond and an irresistible urge as the flood of ecstasy overtakes the psyche. Converging on a nexus of thought, the fiery action potential approaches its alternations and searches analytically for the very key that houses the wisdom. Memory remains one of the true final frontiers of our intellect; absorbing, assimilating, consolidating and recalling, its functions seem implausible in a realm where its dependence is paramount to survival and rationality. Synesthetic in its right, it attracts and evokes stimuli, forming the very hub of a lifetime of memories. Analogous to that of a rudimentary filing system, continually consolidating and building upon its own capacity. But if one where to dwell beyond the physiological faculty, beyond the gelatinous mass we conceive as the brain, one would approach memory from an emotive frame of reference. Such a profound approach probes new insight even into the nature of consciousnesses, providing a provocative view into the state of being. On a personal front, memory seems the very essence of the reduction of the self to three pounds of moist, fatty tissue. The pride of the brain and the resemblance of the ever colossal and superfluous capacity of the nervous system. If we were to resemble the mechanics of memory, for the sake of simplicity, we would end up with a quite familar computation model. This model encompasses the mechanism that drives the mechanics to work harmoniously and in unison to produce a memory. Firstly, the input, in the form of stimulus or an external event or occurance makes its journey deep into the havens of the mind, an infinite series of interconnected pathways. Shortly after, various processing and computation processes arrive at the neck of the mind, providing an insight into what the input implies. Next, the external reaction which is profoundly discriminate on the circumstance makes its inception and ceases as the storage and production of the memory has been established. But one has no right to degrade and denounce the mechanism of memory composition to a primitive computation model observed by machines, rather one has the right to commemorate and explore its havens with a broadened horizon. And it is our dreams that must be of a greater value than our memories, for we should thrive on being pulled by dreams rather than pushed by our memories. Mechanics behind a Mechanism are akin to Memories behind Memory.