Intelligence Related to Space
Intelligence (mind) is related to space, and even has a definite spatial distribution as well as a presence in space. This can best be illustrated by examining the properties of memory, one of the most important attributes of intelligence. It would appear that the storage of memory is almost certainly a holographic phenomenon rather than being concentrated at a point source. This concept is heavily supported by the majority of brain research which has been done on the subject, and this will be discussed in greater detail in another section. The holographic memory process might occur in two different ways, with the first one being the more probable.
First, "mind-space" could be encoded with a specific memory by perturbing, warping or physically imprinting it. The encoded imprint would have to be at least semipermanent. This might conceivably be reflected in some way by an alteration of the field characteristics of the organism, much like Rupert Sheldrake envisions in his description of a morphic field. The shape of the mind-space field would gradually modify in time as it is slightly altered with each new encoded memory. The memory decay process would be intimately related to the continual restructuring and reshaping of the mind-space field. The intensity of any recorded memory would be directly related to the extent that the mind-space field was altered. A memory which was encoded during a strongly experienced emotion would be more durably imprinted over a larger volume of mind-space than a memory encoded during a weakly experienced emotion. Both the imprint of the mind-space will be stronger, and the volume involved larger, when a memory is encoded during the experiencing of strong emotion.
Second, the memory-encoding process requires that matter-energy be perturbed into a specific, complex spatial distribution. It has been determined that as new memories are encoded the physical brain structure is modified. New dendritic attachments are formed between neurons while older ones are breaking down. This undoubtedly is a requirement for the storage of new memories; however, it does not mean that the memories are contained within the atoms and molecules themselves that form the neurons and dendrites. The physical, spatial distribution of molecules within the dendrites, as well as the distribution of dendrites themselves, is a reflection of the mind-space imprint pattern.
Even though the brain, as well as all other tissue, appears to have a material property which is semi-rigid, and therefore might conceivably lend itself to a memory storage process based only on the strategic positioning of matter (atoms and molecules) within neurons and dendrites, this is unlikely. The material substance of the brain is constantly changing. Atoms and molecules are continually being replaced by others in all organic and inorganic systems. The atoms and molecules within the brain will be replaced many times over during the life of the organism. Many memories last a lifetime, bridging across the replacement of brain matter several times over. Atomic and molecular decay occurs much more rapidly than can account for memory decay. All things considered, it is highly probable that intelligence (mind) is more a property of space than of matter-energy, although it also has properties which definitely relate it to the latter as well.
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