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Andy Averbuch

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Idea: The human brain is currently evolving by adapting to electronic based high frequency cycles.

One of the human brain's main tasks is to always be synched to environmental cycles and reoccurring patterns. Jeff Hawkins describes our brain as a pattern recognition machine with a pattern memory attached. He describes the brain as a prediction machine that is constantly synched to environmental cycles and patterns (reality) in his TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_hawkins_on_how_brain_science_will_change_computing.html.

Recently emerging environmental patterns that are practically affecting human survival are industrial and electronic frequency cycles. The brain is now actively adapting to these cycles on a conscious level. There is the potential for humans to create tools that operate using these cycles in a proactive way. Consider this: a desktop computer can function at incredible frequencies for certain processes, yet has bottlenecks of multiple orders of magnitude in difference. A human computer user can become much more efficient at using this high frequency tool if the bottlenecks are reduced in magnitude.

Kwabena Boahen describes the bottlenecks in modern computers and their inefficiency when compared with human brain processing in his talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/kwabena_boahen_on_a_computer_that_works_like_the_brain.html

Personally, as a computer programer, this back and forward between high frequency thinking and low frequency beach balling is forcing me to always have a backup device ready to maintain my attention focused at high frequency in case of a bottleneck event. My brain hates having to go from mach 10 to hitting a bring wall so i help it by giving it alternative high frequency opportunities during the slowdown. Also, children born being exposed to high frequency cycles on a conscious level all the time are basically training their brains to work at these frequencies. This is either an opportunity or a handicap depending on the context.


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    Nov 14 2012: So, by "evolving" you mean of course that people whose brain happen to be synched with processor frequencies are more likely to pass their special genes down a generation than other people?
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      Nov 14 2012: Yes, check out this infographic: http://msnbc.msn.com-id2.us/jobs/
      It basically says that people who work in a high frequency environment are at the top of the food chain. This is the main evolutionary requirement for passing genes on.
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        Nov 14 2012: Top of the food chain? So do they eat the rest? Or eat before the rest and thus have more nutrients in them for copulation, hence have more offspring?
        Or is it that have harems with every available sex mates, due to their high status, imposing celibacy on the rest?
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          Nov 14 2012: Yes, eating the rest provides more protein :-) Mostly it shows there is a demand for the gene, a selective advantage, a fertile ground for the gene, an opportunity, a growing resource niche attracting the gene, a potential for higher survivability of the gene, the ability for the gene to pay for its copies' higher education and therefore increase the chance of its propagation for many generations...

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