I’ve always been a great fan of science, but due to position and always having a communication problem, science has never been a great fan of me.
I’ve therefore always operated on the peripheral, acquiring anything I could, experimenting, analysing and reasoning mostly by myself, and since the loss of most of my friends, somewhat within a vacuum. For the past 45 years I have been constantly acquiring information daily, each one being the gift of a new day to study, with no limit to subject.
One of my friends keeps saying I should send my ideas to be published somewhere, but until now I’ve decided against it, as to a less old person, even just thinking about some things, some people will make it their purpose in life to shorten your existence. I have never feared or worried about living, but now my life percentage is a lot less to worry about, so I can risk a gamble on the remaining period. As long as others don’t try to take to heart the words of Miss Prism, ‘what a lesson for him! I trust he will profit by it,’ I’ll be reasonably content. Just take it that I was born to another age, but didn’t fit there either, and my whole life has been rather Pirahãesque. Probably that’s why I get on so well with animals, as I’ve always tried to do the best I can in the now.
The reasoning is probably erroneous, but has lead me to some conclusions and ideas about the animal watch.
The nature of brain, nerve, spinal cells. Why do they perish or become inactive quicker than any other cell?
My guess is that nerve cells are merely extended and distributed brain cells. They can react independently, but without constant reinforcement atrophy and fail. In this respect they are like a power lead extension which although can transmit power, they will rust out if power does not go through them, but this can take time, probably longer than most people suspect. If so, they can be reactivated.
The main brain seems to work on a principle of a central processing system, but the nerves seem to operate on a semi-autonomous distributed system. This means for higher cognitive functions the brain would do most of the processing and direction, but like in jellyfish there would be some level of independent action such as reflexes, automatic responses to physical stimuli, and some level of learned processing, especially for repetitive tasks. The brain would not need to micromanage all of the necessary signals, but just direct in general. This would suggest that many of the body’s components are misunderstood as to their status at a given time, writing off dormancy as needing complete replacement.
One of the things that suggest commonality of process between brain cells, spinal cells and standard nerve cells is the same process and chemicals used for anaesthetic processes. Compounds such as cocaine and its similar localised novocaine act on the brain and local connections respectively, being a multiple serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine reuptake inhibitor. There are similar receptors in each type of cell, local anaesthetics not passing so freely into the central system, but then again they are administered differently, one directly into the bloodstream to pass the effects to a more widespread area, whereas the other is into tissues that contain nerves. It’s strange that a similar reuptake variance has a completely different effect in Parkinsonism, but it’s probably down to rigidity due to overall loss of function.
When you look at other species, such as ants and insects, they operate at a lower level and simpler kind of function. Their language is mainly one of chemicals, which seem to be the main background for the higher animals. They are more in direct contact and interpretation of these chemicals, which can sometimes be seen in funguses. There is a fungus that infects the brain of ants to perform simple actions, but it is just probably mimicking the ants chemical language term that the ant understands as go high and hold on, in the similar way another ants communicates follow the trail to food.
I’ve always been fascinated by ants, it even being in my primary school report over 50 years ago, when I had an ant farm, and used to direct ants across bridges and redirect them by reversing them, or using matchsticks to create new trails using chemicals from their own trails. The similar way in which chemicals function in the higher animals is probably a more elaborate version of this that reinforces this concept of nature reusing the same principle over and over again in a new form. If you could work out the chemical ant term for don’t go this way, you wouldn’t need to use so much toxic chemicals, and could confine them to areas or redirect them and other insects. A sort of ‘go away and play mosquito,’ maybe just observing, collecting and using their own simple chemical phrases that they leave. It would be useful if we could find the combination of the human chemical phrase for don’t feel pain, maybe from a hypnotic construct.
It has been noted that brain cells and nerve cells die a lot faster than other cells that can hang on for long periods. It might be that we simply mistake death for inaction, where the stimulus or signal to keep them active is not given. In computer transmission, especially for the long unused past of telephone modem systems, online systems would require a signal to keep the online active. Without this signal the line would go dead and would need to be reactivated afresh. It is quite possible that there is a similar ‘keep alive’ signal that nerves require without which they go dormant and appear dead or not functioning. The purpose of the techniques mentioned is to try to reactivate or energise dormant lines, i.e. nerve cell routes and spinal routes.
I had thought that nerve cells, like in the spinal cord were independent cells, and used a form of multiplexing type system for the transmission of information. This I later modified to a transmission and feedback system based on a multiplex type network. This would mean a common conduit, and it was down to interpretation and decoding of protocols. Looking at other areas, such as alternative therapies, there was a mismatch with common effects, and the commonality between species suggested there was a simpler but misunderstood mechanism. The fact that the spinal cord is a bundle of nerve cells and moderate damage can alter the functionality of the whole, but not completely, suggesting independent strand function. With the proposal that nerve cells were simply extensions of brain cells and not independent, this suggested, together with some alternative concepts, a common form but possibly missed function.
One of the aspects that this distributed processing is the probability that the self construct will be contained in the whole nervous system including the brain and nerve complexes. As the percentage of nerve complexes have a reasonable position outside the brain it would also suggest that loss of connection would have a considerable effect in the loss of self. This may not be completely apparent to the person themselves or to outside observers but may be seen in a change in personality.
The alternative to a kind of multiplexing was a time dependent response similar to a Doppler effect. Basically the longer the time for a feedback response, the farther down the conduit the brain would interpret the signal coming from. This could be suggested from the bounce back signals that may occur in phantom limb syndrome and turnaround speeds. A test for this would be distance-induced pain for a re-transmitted impulse closer up the conduit. See neural transponder section.
How does a spinal cord elongate as a person grows. If use stops it from atrophying could stem cells regrow an area that is cut out cleanly if electronic stimulating keeps the ends functional?
If you add things like acupuncture, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, hypnotism, computer transmission methods and stems cells to the mix, you can get a commonality of function.
Presuming the material of the myelin sheath is part of the mechanism and not just to provide insulation, it would appear that it is either a variable resistance or capacitance with timing based on distance, without an encoding protocol, being a learned or negotiated effect otherwise extension would not function. A number of experiments are needed to define its mechanics. You need to find through extended growth to see if each unit is lengthened, recreated or replaced with longer or different ones. Neurone – axon, soma dendrite, myelin sheath, check statistical transmission speeds and electrical opacity for each part.
If there is encoding it would probably be in the form of a basic machine language, and as there is no Rosetta stone to work it out so we are left with simulating it and statistically analysing the function in the same way that Marian Rejewski did with the original enigma code. It may be that the internal nerve language is common to all creatures, and that the higher processing ability or self-awareness has transferred unconsciously and naturally into the forms of human language. This internal language as with all languages may be an evolutionary characteristic. The commonality, and ease in which it is possible to acquire a new language, especially in the combined instinct/cognitive formative years suggests this, where the stage of being subject to just instinct is on the border with analytical cognition having both shading the interpretation.
This has led me to a number of conclusions:
- Nerve cells are mainly extended brain cells or have their own processing power.
- Without constant function nerve cells will atrophy and cease to function after a reasonable amount of time, but it may be possible to re-energise or re-purpose them.
- The brain sends signals to the appropriate area, but will train itself to lose the control pattern, if the appropriate feedback response is not received.
- Feedback can be simulated, or a bounce back message can be received and misinterpreted by the brain from a truncated nerve ending amongst the pain signal.
- The mind can re-reference the brain to re-interpret feedback signals. So a similar nerve thread can partially learn to take over the function of a damaged similar nerve thread.
- A spinal cord is a combination of a multiplexing with protocols, and independent strands.
- Acupuncture probably works in a number of functions, bleeding off signals, effectively dissipating mainly incorrect one, blocking signals or reducing their intensity and reflecting back signals in a way providing positive signal feedback. Many areas are equivalently connected and the brain can find it easier re-interpret the signals to it’s benefit. It’s likely that the Chinese acupuncturists with their mass population statistical knowledge, managed to map out forms of common connections in the large scale without really understanding what was happening, in the same way that willow bark was used for headaches and pains. I wouldn’t be surprised if the pathways connected similar function for re-training and reinforcement. It would be useful to have a handy map, but it’s quite often just dismissed as superstition by ‘high’ science.
- Hypnotism can make the brain re-interpret and re-train feedback signals it receives, while in a suggestible state, and with reinforcement can possibly make the connections semi permanent. Phantom limb symptoms, which are probably bounced feedback signals, seem to be able to be trained away by imagination or using a mirror to visualize the missing limb. Hypnotism borrows a lot from fooling your system and imagination, with people who are adapt at this more easily suggestible. Things like sensation and pain can be thought away given the right circumstances. There has been very little development I can see, hypnotism being regarded by a lot in the scientific community as alternative and off centre. I feel hypnotism and reinforcement could help nerve complexes reorganize themselves, and improve the connectivity caused by disablement, training similar nerve functions to partially or fully adopt new ones. Like re-routing circuitry in a failing aircraft.
- TENS it’s said works by activating pain gates, but pain is really only interpretation by the brain, so unless TENS works on the brain, it’s not really a good explanation. I think it’s more likely that TENS actually is like white noise that drowns out and confuses the feedback signal from the nerve cluster, effectively drowning it out. This would be a better reason, and would better explain why some people in some situations can use it sometimes, and others find it pretty useless. But it could be just down to something like fat cell levels & types surrounding the nerves. It’s a question of frequencies of signal and nerve reception and feedback jamming. The fact that TENS can sometimes be useful gives an insight into the frequencies that the transmission and feedback system uses. If you can use it to block the transmissions then you are on the right track.
- If TENS works by blocking signals at certain frequencies, we are on the track of the nerve messages that are sent. Nature by its nature is simplistic and efficient in its development of creatures. It will invariably use the simplest but most efficient mechanism in can to fulfil the purpose. This suggests that most species use the same set of frequencies for control, and that it’s likely that the feedback would be on a different set of frequencies, to differentiate send and return frequencies. It’s doubtful that a packet type destination system would be used, as it would require processing and therefore a brain at both ends. Send on one and receive on another is much more efficient and easier to duplex. Either a super fine electrode or an inductive loop sort of affair to interrogate the spinal cord from either side. If it is the same signal then the transmission method uses some kind of encoding which would probably be similar to all at least ape type species. Use the signal and create in an electrode or inductive loop the same signal after the truncated cord. You don’t need to understand the signal, just transmit it on like a repeater. This would enable one-way communication. There is probably a constant feedback signal that passes in the opposite direction so you would need the same type of affair, interrogating the detached end with a transponder repeating the signal higher up for transmission to the brain. Again, no interpretation is needed, just a repeat. Of course the whole thing could just be a timing affair, with signals being interpreted in the brain when the ‘echo’ of the signal is received back slightly fainter than the original sent, and the sense of position by the time lapse.
- You could record the signal to and from the muscle to transfer to another person with just selection of the appropriate signal for the task. It may be a bit automotive but it may prove useful in cases where the signal has ceased due to lack of response deadening the signal generation in the brain. Grafting of appropriate limb nerve systems from recently deceased to generate the signals. Intensity of signals proportional to the response. Retraining the brain or autonomic responses. Further to this are the principles of TENS, acupuncture and phantom limb syndrome. This suggests that the feedback may be an echo effect. Rather than activating a ‘Pain Gate’ TENS may be simply confusing or drowning out the echo in a similar way to having the nerve truncated. It’s a bit like having a radio blaring out in the background when the person at the opposite end is trying to speak. You don’t get the full effect but the message is lost. Similarly with acupuncture. Rather than chi zone and energy levels the needle in a particular place in some way prematurely echo’s back the feedback that things are OK. With phantom limb effects the nerve endings are truncated and the brain interprets echo signals incorrectly in the confusion. I wouldn’t be surprised if acupuncture or TENS could produce greater relief in those cases.
- Pain and discomfort are interesting concepts. We all have experienced it, and we know that other animals and creatures also suffer from it, recoiling from a damaging experience, including for man mental anguish. But pain also has an attribute in that the unconscious mind, or a mind that cannot process the message, does not seem able to receive and understand the pain message. Part of this is probably based on the nervous system processing the information when it gets to the brain. If the connection is broken at a lower level, the lower level although it probably transmits a message of damage, the body does not react or avoid that damage and will quite happily ignore it. This only works when the connection is restored, so it suggests that the central processing area has to have an understanding of pain to feel pain. When you are unconscious, although your brain still functions, all autonomous reactions still being there, there is not a pain processing capability, so it may suggest that a person who has no such coherent function also has no capability to experience pain or discomfort.
- There are many places that are investigating and interpreting nerve signals sent by the brain. This is sort of actively looking for a ‘Rosetta Stone’, using brute force computer methods to achieve. It would be better to establish the frequencies being used and establish a phone type system for breaching any gaps caused by damage. I.e., the brain speaks French, the nerve endings speak French, but all you need to get them talking is the equivalent of a telephone or set of nerve transponders who transmit the message without altering, who speaks English, who doesn’t even need to know French. Send and receive one end, send and receive the other end and don’t worry about what’s being said. 30 years ago I used to work on linking the quality assurance and SPC software was writing to control various things like robots and test devices through an attached real time system that could reprogram itself in real time according to it’s environment. The biggest problem was reading and adapting to all of the particular handshake protocols various devices. Once the system had learnt the protocol it was then a simple job to send the necessary or required commands. My guess is that nerve systems have a similar handshake or protocol. A sort of biological multiplexer that has a simple frequency, probably different for each direction, so all you need is to be able to send simple commands. The protocol probably demands a suitably coded reply before each command is accepted, like the tuning of a secure digital transceiver. The next problem can be simply overcome by comparing it to 2 Frenchmen you want to communicate. The current method of learning French, asking the first man for the message, translating it into English, talking to an Englishmen on the other end of a walkie talkie who translates it back to French, then doing the same for a reply, is pretty complicated and open to a lot of errors and misunderstandings. All you need to do is give each one a walkie talkie, and it’s irrelevant if you understand it or not, the messages get through with accuracy. The walkie talkies doesn’t have to understand anything, not a word of French, only sound vibration to coil movement, an electrical or radio wave, and coil movement to vibration.
- It’s said that the spinal chord is merely millions of long connected fibres. You either have a multiplexer type system of each individual fibre extends from an area in the brain to the extremity. How does the power of the transmitted signal go back and forth? There doesn’t seem to be any form of intensity so is it just down to the pattern of signals that causes the appropriate area to act on it. This begs the question that, although it’s said that processing power is actually located in the brain, this suggests that it may not be so defined and there may be considerable unknown processing power elsewhere to understand signal.
- There is a possibility that if you actually perfect a nerve or spinal transponder, nerves could retrained using recorded nerve transmissions from unaffected sources, and therefore could be used to record sensations. I suppose this could be the ultimate in walking in someone else’s shoes, as sensations may not need to be your own, especially if the transponder were located at the top of the spine, or seeing what other see. The recording of sensations in the spinal cord and the retransmission in another subject. If you recorded the spinal impulses you could at a later time actually produce those sensations from a record as though the secondary person was actually experiencing them. It would take virtual reality to a whole new level, total immersion.
- There is also the possibility of using such implants to not only record and transmit sensation, but to be able to modify and strengthen or filter the signals to improve coordination and physical abilities, possibly while sleeping. Diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, although mainly seem to be associated with feedback problems, and neurotransmitter imbalances and calcification, possibly to do with a malfunctioning ossification process, could be improved and strengthened through transponder implants. Filtering the signal to smooth or create thresholds in the transmission process. See my other article on possible cancer metastasis and deposition through the ossification process.
- But what actually is Alzheimers disease or Dementia? The empiricists take that it is simply a degeneration of the cells. Lewy bodies are said to be extremely significant. Vascular Dementia resulting from reduced blood flows say it is similar to oxygen starvation. All very good, an effect similar to drugs, disorientation, so is treated with anti-drugs. But why do the drugs work and slow degeneration or limit its effects. The memory and processing should be the same. They seem to be more in suppressing something rather than increasing something. But nobody explains why it has the effect they have, working on chemical reactions and components rather than the state of the intrinsic structure. Some memories are clear, but new memories are not. Calculation and reasoning have various changes, but not absent. Many people can do crosswords or complicated tasks but are stumped by simple ones. Reasoning is there as is logic, but assumptions are incorrect, interpretations are wrong and conclusions mistaken. This results in a confused state, but not the confusion of chemical impairment like being drunk or drugged, where it can be partially or near totally compensated against, but the breakdown of reliable retrieval. The ability to make new memories is essential for immediate program flows, but without the key component of a short term working storage you are unable to process, so the solution is to reroute and channel flows through areas that are still working or repair the short term area. Could using a stem cell blanket infusion into the Hippocampi together with a graduated TENS effect produce repair and allow rehabilitation?
- Is it possible to create a virtual reality for patients suffering from neurological failure or mental impairment tailored to their condition, so areas of the brain can be retrained for another purpose, or symbiotics linked to machines or robots. How deep is the specialisation as the younger a person is who has damage to the brain, usually the better they can recover. Is this basically down to persistent prior specialisation that is easier to re-specialise in younger people, not being so permanently mentally locked in place by the rest of the system? This would indicate that new memories lock functionality under new layers of virtual embedded structure, like attaching extra cables, so harder to shift.
- The build up of chemicals in Alzheimer’s disease and similar neurological loss of functions, may just be a response to incorrect stimulation, where the correct or base level of electronic signal transfers may regenerate or rejuvenate those cells causing them to regrow. If a coded TENS level signal which is present in another brain is transferred to the first, sort of like a piggybacking system would it re-enforce memory selection and retainment in the hippocampal regions, or would just a ‘static’ type signal provide the same effective treatment? You might even get an ‘alarm’ type effect if you wanted to remember something at a particular time, Bluetooth linked to mobile phone, but you would tempt people to hack their own and others brains.
- Can a similar function be provided on a purely visual interpreted level without having electrodes inserted anywhere and programmed into something like a Google glass type system? An add-on environment acting like changing a candlestick to two faces, modifying to a correct interpretation for the brain of people with those diseases.
- There is some evidence that continued learn has a positive effect on degeneration. Is this re-enforcement of memory learning linked closely with new memories, needing constant tensioning? The time lags are too distant to link may things, but do some of these ‘brain training’ games actually have more than just a trivial effect, where a mind that is not tensioned by the learning of new principles is at risk?
- Stem cells are unusual cells that don’t have a pre-set agenda as to how they will develop. They are similar to constructor cells that flow throughout the body, which maintain the body and function all the time. They have the instruction set built in, but they have no propensity to develop into any particular type of cell. So how do they? The likeliest answer is that they will develop according to the position they find themselves in, and probably take note of whatever cells they find themselves in association with. Put a stem cell next to a heart cell; and it will try to develop into the next part of a heart cell, trying to complete it’s pre-set pattern. Similarly with bone cell. It will try to transform itself into the next set of connecting bones cells. With nerve cells this falls down, as stem cells next to nerve cells not only need to generate into nerve cells, but they need stimulation to stop them from atrophying. You can think of stem cells as being a machine with conveyors on which a program runs, with inputs of position and existing cells, being placed on the inward conveyor as a pattern to be copied and output. How does a spinal cord elongate as a person grows. If use stops it from atrophying could stem cells regrow an area that is cut out cleanly if electronic stimulating keeps the ends functional?
- DNA replication works like a small factory with many conveyors, starting, chopping, topping and tailing, recombining, and stopping using enzymes as machine tools, bits, and welding torches, but only if the appropriate sequence or right shaped fittings are present. Cancers cells are probably just the primordial stem or constructor cells that have a error in the tail or stop sequences, causing the enzymes to mistooth.
- If you are using stem cells, only a small proportion that is in contact with the desired cell will actually transform. With nerve cells this may be only limited to a few cells at a time, and may have limited success unless a breach is quite small. The way around this would probably be to add small amounts of stem cells at the ends of the breach, possibly on an inert film, then use something like a modified TENS to keep the nerve ending stimulated to accept new cells and not suffer from atrophication. This way the breach could be extended from both ends keeping the connection functioning and the film with the stem cell coating could be continually replaced.
- If you just place stem cells next to other nerve cells, they may transform into nerve cells, but they will be dormant nerve cells. To get them to transfer sensory information they need to be activated and attached to a system that can send it. Like a light bulb that is not connected to an electrical system, they will not light up unless power is flowing. It doesn’t matter how many are attached, activity will not happen until the circuit is complete and transmitting.
- Generally evolution, the survival of the fitting, works on the Japanese minimalist principle and is quite lazy, using the simplest system, but also loath to use new methods to work when modifying an already proved system will do. This is why there is so much commonality amongst functions in creatures, things working in similar ways, using similar basic methods. The central nervous system is pretty common to most creatures and probably works in mainly the same way, so a solution for one creature would probably work for most with minor modifications. Degeneration of the brain involves various natural processes as we try to extend lifespan, but most cures are dependent on tricking the natural system to initiate a repair, not a new process or system. It’s likely that cancer being also a minimalist system, also an existing system such as the ossification process for transmission, rather than inventing a completely new form. It might be why bone quite often is the first place of attack.
- One of the key areas is the transmission of pain. It seems a simple response system that needs some form of cognition to understand the signal, as the unconscious mind does not seem to feel pain. If we were to understand the processing and the protocols of this system then it would be quite possible to for an electronic computerised system to program away pain either by disrupting the message or to simply reroute or give the right equation for any type of animal. Nerve transponders could use a Wifi system to alert or program away pain that would be useful in trauma situations but would probably need to operate more locally. A sort of minified TENS system that would give a similar effect to opiate levels systems without the poisoning that results.
- Another way to reduce pain would be electro chemical compound which in itself is not toxic, but requires inductive or magnetic power to anesthetise as set of nerves to block or partially block signals by temporarily increasing axonal capacitance.. The compound would be injected close to the damage, itself having little effect, but using an inductive loop or magnet could cause a temporary system jamming effect, so that the pain signal doesn’t get through like adding or wrapping another layer to a capacitor. It may be that the injected layer will need a direct feel which could be possible using a hairwidth feed wire.
- Another possibility for electro stimulated pain relief could be a strong metal/saline solution to be injected near or along (around?) the nerve to act as the second part energised by an inductive loop or maybe TENS type system. This would try to counteract the insulative effects of fat cells close by as Myelin is close to resembling a semi-permeable or guide type insulator. I’m not sure if there is a Myelin type plastic that has been found to emulate the natural material, to replace it. How to grow myelin tubes/sleeves using proximity stems cells?
This is a general article, and is simplified, based on things like TENS frequencies 2-120Hz, with disruption around 7 and 190 microsecond packets.
Low frequencies below 18 Hz will mainly affect nerves in the slower red muscle fibres. Frequencies between 30 and 50 Hz stimulate the nerves in the faster white muscle fibres. But, frequencies over 50 Hz, can lead to muscle build-up or thickening and nerve resistance.
The pulse width or duration should be between 150-250 microseconds, with current strength say between 5-100 ma. For stimulating nerve tissue, you’re probably looking at max. 50 x 5-10 second bursts with 25-second gaps per hour, oscillating in opposite directions alternately. The messaging protocol or transmission is subservient and incidental to the growth plan. You need to grow, but not ready it for processing, which can come later. The stimulation needs to be in front of planned growth next to the non-specific cells, as well as behind and within the existing nerve to be grown, so a 4 electrode system with differing fall rates simulating normal nerve activity, without the information, just a sort of white noise. At the moment I’m not sure if it should be a pulsed signal as in TENS or a low level continuous signal.
Stem cells need to be built up in thin layers, and need to be in contact with the cells they are extending and mimicking.
The level of stimulation through TENS is quite small and can be seen in comparison to minor white noise. It can be seen to be similar to the hiss when you listen to a piece of music, which doesn’t stop you listening to it or knowing what piece is being played but interferes with it. Also external stimulation is nowhere near as powerful as the internal kind, being similar to EMP type effects where currents can be induced within a power line through external forces. If the pulse is considerable, the induced effects can result in the breakdown of the system, but human systems are pretty durable and the effects are only temporary, things like lightning excluded.
External nerve stimulation is normally done through a form of induction rather than a direct system. The comparison is like a cable signal being much harder to disrupt than a wireless signal. All you can get is temporary or partial alteration as the signal that is direct is hard to change by this method. You might even consider it as a form of static like on a radio station which doesn’t stop you from working out the music that is being played, but can drown it out at various stages. Anyone who has listened to Radio Caroline or Luxembourg in the 60’s is familiar with this.
The use of TENS and acupuncture to elongate spinal nerve chains. Stimulating stem cell wafers either side of a break to enable them to join up either side properly. Inserting unadapted stem cell wafers consecutively between in the gap.
The spinal cord and nerve systems seem not to be a separate mechanism but merely an extension of the brain cells. It were as if you were simply running a sensor lead from the brain consisted of relays. If this were the case then simple lack of use would render them more and more unusable like in a exercised muscle and the best way of promoting growth and communication would be to simply energise them with something like tens. If a spinal cord is crushed you might find that you can reallocate vital nerve connections using an alternative external protected ‘patch’ link going outside the spinal column using nerve cells to slowly join this patch cord, possibly using existing spinal cord material for this purpose. Pig patch?
The problem with nerve cells is one of depositing short lived stem cells and the stimulation of the cells so as not to atrophy and stimulate growth. A spinal cord seems to be just a lengthening of the array of nerve cells from the brain, like one long unit.
As stem cells have only a short life and need building up in layers until the two sides meet, you will need constant deposition. The cells will them at each deposition change to the appropriate cells that they are in contact with. The main problem is that they will not grow without stimulation. The best bet would be to have some form of needle type TENS system at each point of regrowth, possible 4 of these points, one on the normal cord, one of the regrowth area and similarly the other side until on two points are needed to finish the final connection.
As stem cells have a short active life you would need to redeposit new stem cells to grow at the ends in inside the damaged cord every week at least. It may be as much as an every day (check).
The biggest problem is that nobody has really worked out basically how a brain functions. They know the basic construction, neurons, synapses, chemical messengers, electrical impulses, etc., but it’s not just a collection of on-off switches like in a computer. There are also saturation levels, thresholds, cascades, crowding, complex structure forming and collapse, new growth, cell death, re-enforcement and de-enforcement and a load of other things which make it quite unreliable, but probably the greatest wonder of the universe. And every one is unique and irreplaceable, without even going into the absurd programming matrices and routines.
Production of a working nerve control system
We need to find out if the nerves and especially the spinal cord is a multi cable, an encoded system or a combination of the two. It seems very thin and insubstantial to be a multi cable type and seem to be closer to an optic fibre bunch which is sending packets of information to and fro through each of its strands with a biological multiplexer distributing the packets to the required destination. The feedback system replies, which is why people who have little sensation have a problem with control. The opposing problem with this is that minor damage causes major problems in the signal being received, but it may simply be down to a resistance problem where nature only provides the minimum facility for a transmission to get through. If this is the case, then for improvement, it may simply be a case of a boosted transmission in the way of parallel repeater alongside the existing matrix.
The complexity of the junctions precludes at the moment designing a system for retrieving and re-transmitting packets in both directions, but a system which didn’t have the semi-intelligent exchange built in would be too large to place in situ, so you would need just the re-transmitting structure controlled by an external source such as a high speed computer via something like wifi.
The main problem would be analysing and decoding the system and linking it to the spinal surface in more than an explosive pulse activating all the nerve senses. The other possible problem would be if non-use of the system degrades the nerve trunk or packets or impulses are still being transmitted down that route. Is there a no entry sign put up at the point where the damage occurs, at the previous junction point, where it links to the brain or by a systemic negation in the brain structure?
Could you truncate the spinal cord at a suitable point and have a multicore cable array connected at each end seeded with a growth medium so that it would attach itself to the cable. The bunching at each end would be very likely to be the same and a matching of the original signal polarity might be obtained by cycling through the possibilities by changing the transmissions though up to 360 degrees rotation. Requirements: Computer control could use feedback and pattern matching to send the correct signals, electrode aerials operating at different frequencies, interrogate either side of the spine of truncated chords as to frequencies and encoding, an aerial for interrogation and an electrode for transmission. Send and reply are probably at different frequencies and likely to be below 7mhz, infrasound.
Another method could be to anaesthetise the middle part of the spine so the nerves no longer talk to each other and interrogate frequencies and channels used on both sides.
The trick is to find the code or channel or frequencies being used and transmit them to the other side and vice versa without needing to understand the code.
The first task will be to interrogate the signals that are normal sent to a particular nerve area. Once this is done a second set of signals must be prepared for insertion into the TENS signal using that as a carrier. The two separate sections to be joined much both be stimulated in this way with a time difference in synchronization with the distance between the two areas. The signal will be as though you were shining a light along the path of the nerve that also includes the gap. It’s unlikely that a simple pulsed TENS signal that is used for pain relief will allow for nerve regeneration or growth, but it is a possibility if nature skimped on complexity. As far as I know nobody has done research into nerve/spinal chord conditioning using such signals. Because of its limited spectrum of effective use, it may be that research into it fell into a similar effect to the social discrimination against thalidomide and alcohol for medical use.
My intention is to obtain some dead frogs to see if I can first perform an experiment to Luigi Galvani, stimulating muscles through small electric currents to make sure the nerves are intact, then obtaining a continuous supply of stem cells from the identical source, severing the appropriate nerves, then trying to rebuild them and reactivate them using the previously specified technique. It may not work, as nerve cells are mainly an extension of brain cells, so it might be a bit of a sledgehammer method. It’s a bit of a shot in the dark, as you need to hit on the right frequency, strength, collection, onward transmission, protocol and be able to fool the system into thinking the message packets are legitimate.
The next step would be to produce artificial myelin, as the semi-permeable insulation seems to be pressure sensitive to deformations until it fails at some point. Is it possible to cross connect and re-route the circuitry through a similar or parallel method.
Not sure if dead frogs will in fact work as their nervous systems may have decayed too far, but extraction enzymes for stem cells seem to be available, so the main task is to sort out the principle and transmissiveness, before going onto the fine detail. Until then it will be a bit like going through the animal kingdom before working my way up to a second trombone.
Most of medicine is about trying to get the inbuilt system in a position to heal itself. One thing that is seen as a lesser likelihood is the ability for one system to heal another in piggyback. I’ve never thought it very likely that thing like hands on and faith healing were nothing more than a psychological effect, but it could be possible that one system if exceptionally strong in power and organised to do so, could ‘break through’ the blocks, and cause an effect similar to an amplifier. That you are using a similar system that has transmission capabilities as well as interrogation ones right to the fingertips, might suggest a system to system link like joining two grids. Was it ever based on more than just imitation, it goes something like this, or was it a case of just hitting the right formula once by accident, belief being a complicated program like structure in itself? Like time and causality, everything is based on the simple and small, but also you can’t be too empirical and deny the resultant complexity and forms of structure.
Nature has a tendency to make simple things look complicated, most of the animal body being a compromise of simple mechanics to overcome. The electronics and wiring are probably similar. I did do a much longer article but I had to trim it down a bit until it was mostly harmless.
I still find proximity to other people uncomfortable, which has always seemed strange as humans are more designed for socialisation than any other creature and not simple instruction and purpose, a principle I have always lacked. Evolution of the human animal being one of supreme compromise of all of its parts in weight, size, portability, speed, reaction and mechanical function, but a swiss army knife of mental function.
This is only a consultation idea and probably incorrect, but I would like other peoples opinions as to the ideas, being as my friend Arthur quotes ‘a bear of little brain.’
Further on from the If multiplexing or unknown protocols are in function through the nervous system, we can go into the realms of pure conjecture and possibly fantasy. If faith healing and hands on consolement were originally more than the realm of charlatans, where the signals that are being transmitted around the body could be tuned into in a sort of sympathetic empathy. We know that nerves go right up to the very edges of the skin, but is it possible to make them jump or synchronise with another persons nerve signals? Or could you have the case of a number of people making contact with another person in a similar area amplifies or accumulates the effect.
An unconscious ability would tie in with the sporadic and improvability of such effects and the necessity of contact for direct transmission.
It’s said that a lot of people’s problems are physiologically affected by a persons state of mind, so would it be possible for another person to synchronise unconsciously and effect a repair or relief, re-tuning another persons errant signals, piggybacking or effectively hacking the nervous system of another person or animal?
We need to separate this from just the simple placebo or attention effects, but it is something that bears investigation. It is quite possible to change a person’s health at least mentally, and quite often physically by changing a person’s outlook. The placebo and attention phenomena are tested proof of this, so could a calming touch work in more ways than mentally?
It is not a good idea to dismiss something as impossible because we don’t have the understanding or knowledge of it, and many things that are now regarded as facts in science have at first been dismissed off hand by the top experts of the time. This person is a fake therefore all such people are fakes, my mind is closed and made up.
If we rather than dismiss such events as superstition and go on the premise that there is something to this, then it changes the perspective from ‘I’ve decided this is impossible, you’re stupid and ignorant for even thinking of such things’, to ‘how on earth can this work?’
If there was such a person as the Jesus of the bible could he have used this effect of signal synchronisation to effect physiological repair? Possibly without understanding why or how he did it, possibly using self taught techniques or materials available at the place and time.
If such a thing is possible then with knowledge of the concept of signal transfer and ‘empathy’ we may be able to fine-tune such an ability. Without understanding the concept such a person would not know how it happens.
If the decoding or re-repeating of nerve signals there may be the possibility of using electronic means to amplify the process.
It would have the case of the level of intensity of action where you may find that a cumulative selection of people with the same directed ‘mind’ or purpose could possibly influence outside phenomena through such a transmitted signal. If this was the case what would the required number, density and distributions that it would require? Would it produce a mass hysteria or could it be a function of crowd type and constituency?
I must admit I’m not sold on it, but it would be negligent to just dismiss something because popular thought cannot work out why such a thing should work, but would it be like trying to teach thermodynamics to a medieval audience who know it cannot exist based on their current understandings?
In many ways the empiricism of modern science denies the importance of virtual structures and constructs whereas modern programming can have an effect between adding up two numbers and ending the universe.
A twin pad design narrow band variable transmission TENS conditioner using acupuncture type needles or probes?