Epilepsy, Language, and Computers

Epilepsy, Language, and Computers


Joseph William Gabriele

The purpose of language is for the listener to understand the speaker. Hence when we go to school
we learn to format  the words we have learned into sentences – the structures of which could be:

Noun   Verb   Determiner   Object

Joe       teaches       the       class

       When we invented computers that were capable of transmitting information to other computers, we had to figure out a way to have the listening computer “understand” the sending computer. Computers use a Base 2 mathematical scheme (0,1) to process data. One possible way of accomplishing this in a physical sense is to vary the frequencies or tones of the electromagnetic pulses. For example, a signal at 1250 hertz (cycles per second) might be a zero and
a signal at 1550 Hz might be a one.

       Computer engineers in the 1960’s formatted these ones and zeros into groups of eight. For instance, 10000010 is the grouping for the English letter A.
This formatting is known as ASCII or American Standard Code for Information Interchange.

       The listening computer takes this incoming group of electrical impulses and stores them in temporary memory cells (RAM Random Access Memory). One construction of a memory cell is a transistor attached to a capacitor. A transistor is an electrical device which switches or amplifies electrical impulses. A capacitor is an electrical device that stores electrical impulses. It then compares that group of 0’s and 1’s to an onboard permanent memory (ROM - Read Only Memory). These memory cells are similar to RAM except the connection between the transistor and capacitor are severed after they are programmed and hence are permanent. When the listening computer makes a correct comparison between the electrical pulses in its temporary and permanent memory, it sends the letter A to the appropriate output device.

        One wonders if it is possible that a listening neuron accepts electrical or electrochemical signals, holds them temporarily, compares their formatting to an onboard library (Programmed into their DNA) and processes the signals based on that comparison – sending the signal to the appropriate axon to complete its assigned task i.e. participating in the human taking a breath.

        Perhaps an Epileptic Seizure whether the result of a fever or trauma or infection is caused by a corruption of the “ASCII” code of the sending neuron. This corrupt code could not be compared to anything in the library of the listening neuron. Hence the listening neuron might process the signal in an incorrect or random way – perhaps sending it down the wrong axon causing other axons to fire random signals. The end result would be a brain not functioning in its normal way.

       One wonders if anyone has tried to determine whether the frequency of an electrical impulse of a normal neuron varies to indicate a one or zero, or if the signal varies between a neuron doing its normal task vis-à-vis when it is taking part in a seizure?

      Since we humans invented ASCII code it might be the case that we were mimicking the structure of our own brains. Has anyone tried to figure out the “ASCII” code of the neuron?

      Has anyone or can anyone determine the frequency transmitted through the Calcium channel versus the frequency transmitted through the Sodium channel? If they do differ, they could be the neurons binary 0 and 1.

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