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Multiplexing? posted 03 Jun 2005, 15:06 by Scilvenas, Auditor

I'm sitting at home the other day, thinking about an old story idea I had (came from an instructor with a heavy accent saying "narrow band" but sounding like "neuroband") equating minds with radios. And then I thought of multiplexing. Basically, the human mind can consciously process, IIRC, between one and two hundred bits of information per second, basically being able to listen to four or five conversations at once, being able to participate in two, etc. But if you have a formula for parsing many events and sampling them sequentially (time division multiplexing) you could probably expand that several times over, I thought. "Great, Syl, but what's your question?" Well, this has nothing to do with the thousandfold thought, does it? Will Kellhus go from multitasking to multiplexing? Not that I want spoilers, I've just seen too many ideas swallowed by the collective unconscious to waste time on another one (which probably means I should do more writing and less thinking). view post

posted 06 Jun 2005, 13:06 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I'm not sure I understand the question, Sylvanus. When Kellhus falls in and out of the Probability Trance, the idea is that he's rolling back consciousness in order to exploit the modularity of brain function. Would that not count as 'multiplexing' as you describe it? view post

posted 06 Jun 2005, 22:06 by Scilvenas, Auditor

I think if you missed my point, which is completely understandable, I'm safe. To explain it in terms other than radio principles, though, imagine you have a computer system that tracks ballistic missiles. It can track, say, up to five objects, and plot their future coordinates. But if you sampled each trajectory, say at 1/6th of a second (and following Xeno's logic, you could, theoretically, divide a second into infinite portions), you're now able to track and plot 30 objects, albeit with less fidelity. I wish I had thought of the probability trance in that regard, but I was thinking of something more conscious. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I had assumed the probability trance to be akin to meditation (though true zen masters are said to be meditating in every action). I had pictured the thousandfold thought to be a thought divided by itself a thousand times, being an effective way of managing a mob of millions. I suppose it could work the other way? The thousandfold thought being extreme memetic manipulation? That, though, is just fishing (or "easter egging" as we say in the electronics tech world). Thanks for letting me ramble. view post

posted 13 Jun 2005, 17:06 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Well fish away! The idea for the Probability Trance as described comes (in part at least) from Daniel Dennet's Multiple Drafts Model of consciousness, where 'conscious experience' is the artifact of competition between multiple neuro-subprocessors. The Dunyain, the idea is, have developed the ability to direct and access those subprocessors - or 'Legion' as they call them - through the Probablity Trance. view post


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