I. Is The Human Mind Analog Or Digital?
1. The Difference Between Analog and Digital Recording
There is a fundamental difference between recording analog or digitally. Take sound for example. An analog recording is a vinyl record. A digital recording is in memory. An analog recording means imprinting the sound onto a medium. A vinyl album is recorded by pressing a stylus into a soft medium. The sound impulses are pressed into the medium. The stylus cuts one continuous groove in the medium, circling toward the center.
A digital recording uses a different technique. In a digital recording sound is converted into electrical impulses. These impulses are converted into numbers. The numbers are stored in computer memory.
To play back an analog recording we run the stylus down the continuous groove. This imparts a vibration in the stylus that gets amplified, to reproduce the sound. To play back a digital recording when read numbers from memory, convert them back into electrical impulses, and amplify them.
Audio purists claim the analog vinyl record has superior sound quality over a digital recording. The quality of a digital recording can be improved by upping the resolution of the recording. Increasing the resolution makes a digital recording indistinguishable from an analog recording.
One undeniable advantage of a digital recording, over an analog recording, is that it doesn't fade over time. Each time you play back a vinyl record the recording's groove gets slightly worn. When you play back a digital recording the numbers get read from memory. Nothing wears down. A digital recording, played 100 years from now, will be an exact copy of the original.
An analog recording is characterized by imprinting on media; such is vinyl for sound or photographic paper for sight. A digital recording is characterized by memory. This leads us to the fundamental question. Is the human mind analog or digital? To answer that question we need to take a close look at how we experience the environment by looking at this illustration:
This illustration shows are fairly accurate representation of the human eye and brain. Light comes into the eye through the cornea, then through the lens, and finally onto the retina. In the retina light fires nerves. The impulses from nerves are sent through the optic nerve into the lateral geniculate nucleus in the brain. From there they are sent to the visual cortex. It is in the visual cortex that the outside world is manifested.
Note: We are using the example of perceiving the environment visually for clarity purposes. This does not imply that non-sighted people record any less information than sighted people. Nor does it mean that non-sighted people experience any less of the environment than sighted people. Non-sighted people experience the same richness of life as sighted people. They merely experience life in a different manner. It is however complete in every way.
2. Close Examination Of The Retina
The humans mind as digital becomes even more apparent when we take a close look at a section inside the retina of the eye:
The receptive field shown above is where light hits the inside of our eye. Embedded in the receptive field are rod and cone cells. Rod cells (shown in yellow) detect monochromatic vision (black and white). Cone cells detect color. These nerves send impulses to the bipolar cells. There is some logic processing at the bipolar level. Then the output is sent to the ganglion cells where information is processed further. Then the data is sent out the optic nerve to the brain as shown here.
In the retina light and color gets converted into electrical impulses that are transmitted via nerves to the brain. This has a earmarks of a digital recording. What you do not see is the recording using up medium, such as vinyl or paper. What you do see if light and color being converted into electricity, then transmitted via wires so it can be stored memory.
3. Environment As A Digital Picture
The human mind uses digital recording techniques. Digital recording is made up of data stored in memory. A digital recording, when played back later, will be exactly the same as when it was recorded originally. It is information based. It is hardware independent. A digital recording retains its quality. It remains pristine regardless of time. Whether played today, or 1000 years from today, the recording will be identical. They are an exact bit-for-bit copy. Information, stored in computer memory, remains the same over time.
The human mind is digital in nature. While the world may feel analog, the evidence shows differently. When you look closely at the retina of the eye it is apparent that we are digital. The illustration below shows a section of the retina, at the cell level, converting the environment into electrical data impulses:
Imagine looking at your backyard pool. Your environment, upon close inspection, is made up of tiny dots or pixels as shown by the inset. Each square of color (in the inset) is actually one pixel. The color of that pixel is being picked up by cone and rod cells, processed digitally, and sent out the optical nerve to the brain. In the brain this information is assembled into your environment inside the visual cortex.
II. How Memory Captures Reality
1. Your Field Of Vision As A Digital Camera
Digital cameras capture images using a CCD (charged coupled device). The CCD is similar to the retina in our eyes. The CCD is represented by an array of small dots called pixels as shown below.
An image captured this way is called a raster image. A raster image is a series of dots arranged in columns and rows. A typical camera is made up of thousands of tiny colored dots. One square inch of the screen will be made up of 5,000 colored dots. The dots are so small and so close together that our eye actually blends them together to form a continuous tone photograph. The picture is nothing more than small colored dots arranged in columns and rows. If you looked at a camera CCD under a microscope you could see the array of tiny color dots. Shown above is a matrix that is 2000 pixels wide by 1400 pixels high. The inset shows the pixels at the upper right corner of the photo. In the inset are these corner pixels magnified. The first four pixels are marked by red box around each one. The color (hue and brightness) assigned to each of those four pixels is shown in yellow. Each of the four pixels has 16 bits of memory wired to it. Stored in that pixel's memory location is a 16-bit number that represents that color.
2. Absorbing Reality Into Memory
Imagine standing in this backyard looking at this garden. This is your surrounding environment. Shown here is what you see. The sun is shining. It is a nice day. You are enjoying the view. You can hear the birds chirping and kids playing.
The clock strikes 12:00 noon exactly.
The pixels in our eyes act like the camera CCD and capture the scene. The camera uses a capture program to take the matrix from the CCD into memory. Our eyes take in the pixel matrix of the environment and pass it to the visual cortex our brain. From there the environment gets captured into memory. Information is taken in through the eyes (and other senses as well) and is captured into memory just like a digital camera as shown here:
A digital camera takes a picture when you press the button. It is a one time event. Human memory is more like a digital video camera than a still camera. It takes pictures of reality continuously like a movie.
In the section above we looked at the pool at 12:00 noon and captured that reality into memory.
However, that was just one moment. The next moment we have a new environment.
3. Recording Reality As A Digital Movie
As we move through time, from environment to environment, moments get captured into the visual cortex. From there they get absorbed into memory. We are more than a digital camera. We are actually a digital video recorder capturing frames of video as we move through life. As reality unfolds before us we absorb it into memory as shown here:
The frame on the left represents the present. This is our current reality. It is in the visual cortex. The horizontal line moving back (with arrows) to the right represents past realities being filed into memory. Awareness is at the center of the current environment. You are in the present moment looking at this garden gazebo.
Awareness stays in the present. Realities move progressively to the right as they get filed away. Think of these frames as new realities stacking into memory. The frames of the past move to the right. As time moves, memory absorbs new environments. The dimmed slices represent former present moments that have been filed away into memory.
III. Memory From Awareness Point Of View
1. Memory Absorbs Reality As It Upfolds
As realities stack into memory, awareness remains in the the present moment. Awareness stays in the present. This is our point of view throughout life. This illustration shows realities stacking into memory like frames of a video:
Reality (the environment around us now) is the present. It is where we are. It is vivid. The further we get away from reality the more memory appears to fade. This illustration above shows reality at 100 percent opacity, frame 2 at 50 percent opacity, frame 3 at 40 percent opacity. This is intended to signify how memories fade as we get further away from them in time.
2. The Difference Between Memory And Remembering
Memory fades over time. A memory of five minutes ago seems much different than reality. Reality is pristine. The memory of past reality is vague.
The human mind operates like a digital video camera, capturing bit-for-bit realities into memory. There is however, one important difference between the camera and our mind. The camera has a playback feature. The human mind does not.
So what you have is a human camera capturing scenes entirely as quickly as they unfold. These are all perfect scenes filed away in memory, yet we have no ability to play them back. That means that reality, and the memory of reality, are identical in quality. It is our position in time that makes them appear to be different. When awareness sits in the present, the present is pristine. When awareness sat in a moment five minutes ago, that moment was pristine. There is no difference in quality between the two moments. Both exist, in infinite detail, within memory.
Thus, memory and remembering are two completely different things as follows.
We tend to believe that our memory is here to serve us just to help get through life. Real memory is bigger than that. Memory is our huge cocoon surrounding our lives always. We are live inside our memory. Memory is the environment around you now and in the past. Every moment your have experienced from conception to now is in your memory intact. It is exactly as you experienced it the first time. The only difference is that you are not in that moment now. The difference in perception of a past moment is only a matter of perspective.
Remembering, on the other hand, is our ability to draw upon this huge reserve of perfect information. Remembering is like reading data from a hard disk into a computer program. As a programmer you open a file within your program, then read the data from that file into your program, and then close that data file. When we remember something from the past we are reading data from memory into the present moment. Remembering is fundamentally different than memory. Memory is the information reservoir. Remembering is the ability to draw from that reservoir.
In the human case memory contains everything. Human memory has captured every moment of your life in its entirety. Memory has retained all the moments of your life in perfect detail, exactly like you experienced them the first time.
Memory is perfect. Remembering is limited. This can be a difficult concept to understand because we do not experience our perfect memory during our lifetime. Our perfect memory will only be fully experienced at the end of life.
3. The Present As The Leading Edge Of A Time-Space Continuum
If we accept the premise that memory is perfect then everything changes. Sometimes in scientific thought you have to make an assumption and see what falls in place. The assumption ist that memory is a perfect bit-for-bit copy of reality. It does not fade over time. When you accept this assumption everything comes into focus.
In the digital world, copy does not apply. Copy is an analog concept. In the digital world there is the original and duplicates of the original. The duplicate is exactly the same as the original in every way. A copy connotes a diminished version of a pristine original. That is not the case in the digital world. The copy is identical. It is pristine as well.
Our awareness of our surroundings comes when the surroundings gets manifested inside the mind. This means that when you look at your surroundings, you are actually looking at your memory. Your memory is your surroundings. When you see your surroundings this way something magical happens. Your memory becomes your surrounding three dimensional space. It isn't that your memory is a copy of your three dimensional space. It is your three dimensional space. It is the outside world that is inconsequential. It is your memory that is important.
Memory as three dimensional space gives rise to another important concept.
If we accept that your current moment is already in the mind when it unfolds, it means the three dimensional space is inside the mind too. Another way to see it is that memory is three dimensional space. Memory is your surrounding space.
Memory is physically large. It is three dimensional space. The means the present moment, in all its detail, is the leading edge of a time-space continuum. Visually memory looks like this:
The present moment is already in memory the moment you experience it. It is digital. There is absolutely no reason to believe that a bit-for-bit copy of reality will fade over time. The present moment goes into memory as a perfect copy and it remains that way. Our awareness moves forward in time. That displacement in time makes it difficult to look back at past moments. That perception of a moment becoming old is just a perception. That "old" moment is in memory; intact, exactly bit-for-bit as it was the moment we experienced it.
This means in the present, we are sitting on the leading edge of a time-space continuum that includes all time and all space. Visually that looks like this:
Memory is the key. Memory is what allows our mind to absorb a universe.
It is not an understatement to say that every individual (animals too) have an entire time space continuum within their mind. They are walking universes.
All that is required is that memory absorbs the present moment, which it does, and those memories remain perfect over time, which they do.
IV. Achieving Perfect Memory And Hardware Independence
1. Human Memory Does Not Drop Bits
We have seen how reality gets absorbed into the visual cortex. As we move through life we are absorbing bit-for-bit copies of the current environment into the visual cortex. That is how we experience the surrounding environment as shown below:
Think of your as memory reaching out to absorb the present. The present - the outside world - is within memory. We live within memory always, even the present.
The present environment appears real to us. The rest of memory is real too in exactly the same way. Moments get absorbed into memory as we move through life. Awareness stays in the present moment. Just because awareness is not currently located within memories of the past does not mean that the memories of the past are not complete in every way. The memories of the past are just as real and complete as the present moment. We simply cannot realize past moments fully right now because our awareness is no longer in that moment. It is in the present.
If we could move awareness into a moment of the past we would experience that moment exactly like we experienced it the first time. That moment exists. It has not gone anywhere. We just cannot play it back at this time. That does not mean, however, that we will not realize past moments fully in afterlife.
2. Can Memory Store Moments Indefinitely?
If your mind is to going to capture and retain all moments throughout your lifetime we are going to need perfect memory. Is it possible for human memory to achieve this level of perfection? For this to be possible we need a memory device that can hold every moment you have ever experienced throughout your lifetime. These moments are complete realities including any thought going on at the time. We need to store them completely without ever dropping a bit. We are talking about a bit-for-bit recording of your entire lifetime.
This is a lofty ideal. It does not seem possible. Everyone knows that cells do live indefinitely. There is turnover of the memory hardware within the brain. It does not seem realistic that the brain can make it through 125 years in life without ever dropping a bit. It would seem that the underlying hardware would eventually fail and lose the data that was stored in that hardware.
3. Memory Perfecting Technique Called XOR
Human memory is not a fragile system. It does not come crashing down when a single brain cell fails. There are ways to lose brain cells without losing the data stored in them. The computer industry has techniques where a memory device can fail completely and not lose data. Computer memory repairs itself by swapping in fresh memory when old memory fails. It can recreate lost data and keep running perfectly. This is not the only way to maintain digital memory, however it is a way to do it.
The basis of this memory protection scheme is based on the XOR Gate. When it comes to memory the XOR Gate has magical properties. The XOR Gate is a logic device with two inputs and one output that works as follows:
1. If either input is ON and the other input OFF the output is ON.
If both inputs are ON output is OFF.
If both inputs are OFF output is OFF.
The diagram above shows an XOR Gate build from four NAND Gates. The logic table for the NAND Gate is shown on the lower left. Like an XOR Gate, a NAND Gate has two inputs and one output. If both inputs are ON current the output is OFF. If either or both inputs are OFF the output is ON.
Condition 1 (upper left) shows input 1 ON. NAND Gate A has one input one so it turns ON. NAND Gate B has two inputs ON so it turns OFF. NAND Gate C has one input ON so it turns ON. NAND Gate D has one input ON so it turns ON.
Condition 2 (upper right) shows both inputs ON. NAND Gate A has both inputs ON so it turns OFF. NAND Gate B has one input ON so it turns ON. NAND Gate C has one input ON so it turns ON. NAND Gate D has both inputs ON so it turns OFF.
Condition 3 (lower left) shows input 2 ON. Like condition 1 this turns the Gate ON.
Condition 4 (lower right) shows both inputs OFF. NAND Gate A has both inputs OFF so it turns ON. NAND Gate B has one input ON so it turns ON. NAND Gate C has one input ON so it turns ON. NAND Gate D has both inputs ON so it turns OFF.
The logic table for the XOR Gate is shown on the right.
4. Memory Hardware Independence Using XOR
We can achieve memory hardware independence by XOR'ing data across multiple memory devices. The multiple-drive XOR scenario works like this:
1. A block of data (Data A) is written to Drive One.
2. Another block of data (Data B) is written to Drive Two.
3. The two pieces of data are XOR'ed together and the result is written to Drive Three.
Shown on the left is Data A that includes six bits of data: 001100. This is written to Drive One. Data B also contains six bits: 111000. That data is written to Drive Two. Then Data A and Data B are XOR'ed together and the result is written to Drive Three: 110100.
The XOR'ed data does not necessarily have to be written to Drive Three. It can be written to any drive as shown in the second row:
1. Data C (001010) is written to Drive One.
2. Data D (110011) is written to Drive Three.
3. XOR (Data C and Data D) is written to Drive Two.
You can see how the data values are XOR'ed together on the left.
5. Recovering From Failure Without Data Loss
So what happens when a drive fails? That situation is shown here:
The illustration above shows Drive Two failing. The drive has failed without warning. All the data on Drive two has been lost.
However we can recover the data on Drive Two using the data on the two existing drives as follows:
1. Take the data on Drive One (Data A) and the data on Drive Three (XOR Data A and B) and XOR them together. The result is the data that was lost on Drive Two.
2. Similarly take the data found on Drive One (Data C) and the data on Drive Three (Data D) and XOR them together. The result is the data that was lost on Drive Two.
It does not matter what drive we lose. We can recover its lost data by XOR'ing the data on the remaining drives. In this case below we lose Drive Three:
To recover the lost data we do the same thing. Simply take the data on the existing drives, XOR it together., and the result is the missing data. No matter what drive we lose we can recover the lost data. We cannot however, lose two drives.
6. Hardware Independence By Replacement
Fully redundant memory requires replacement hardware. The illustration below shows how memory hardware can fail without losing memory:
Shown above are three drives in an XOR array. Then Drive Two fails. Here is how the computer handles the situation:
1. The computer detects that Drive Two has failed.
2. Drive Two is automatically removed. It is swapped out electronically.
3. Drive Two's backup is automatically installed in the array. It is swapped in electronically.
4. Drive Two's data is rebuilt by XOR'ing the data on Drives One and Three.
5. The result is written to the new Drive Two.
Memory is fully restored. New memory hardware is in place. This can be done logically. It requires no moving parts. Using a XOR system like this we can keep memory intact. Redundant memory hardware creates a robust system. Memory is not fragile. It can handle any mishap except for catastrophic failure of more than one drive. Here are a few things to consider:
1. An XOR memory array can take a severe hit to the hardware and not lose data. Memory repairs itself without moving parts.
2. XOR memory can recover data lost without warning. A Drive can suddenly go down and the system can recover. It essentially heals itself. Lost memory can be fully rebuilt from existing memory.
3. An XOR array works with any size data word and any number of drives greater than three. This means that we can protect a huge amount of data with very little additional hardware.
4. Humans spend one third of their life sleeping. XOR'ing data is the type of activity that takes place during sleep. Using an XOR array (or some variation of it) we are able to replace lost brain cells without affecting memory. A XOR system is capable of maintaining perfect memory throughout our lifetime by continuously replacing damaged hardware.
To those of us that making a living as system administrators, our biggest fear is losing our client's data. A good system administrator will take steps to insure that no data is lost. It is not enough to merely monitor the situation. You have to build measures into your network.
On my local computer I use a technique called Time Machine. Time Machine works in the background, making copies of everything I do, so the machine can be rebuilt should the primary drive fail. On my network I use a technique called Rsync. Rsync makes a copy of all files on another computer nightly.
Additionally, you need to introduce new hardware into the network from time to time. A new computer will last about five to ten years. It is a lot of work to build a new server, transfer everything onto it, and configure it so it all works correctly. However, if you expect perfect data over decades it is absolutely necessary.
Is it possible to have perfect data over a 100 year life span? The answer is yes, providing you use memory techniques similar to those above. This is where dreams come in. The human mind is a data-absorbing machine. It takes in each moment as it happens and files it away in memory. For this to happen over a lifetime without ever dropping a bit, you would expect to see nightly maintenance. Dreams are necessary data maintenance taking place. If the mind were to take in each moment, file it in memory, and leave it, it would fail. Instead the mind takes in each moment during the day, then performs data integrity maintenance during the night.
Dreams are to the mind what the system administrator is to the network. Dreams do the necessary tasks, basically moving and organizing data, to see to it that memory remains perfect over decades.
V. Awareness And Memory
1. Collective Knowledge Realized
Thirty people watching thirty different football plays simultaneously represents collective knowledge. It shows how all the plays of the game could potentially be played back at once. That same potential, playing back the moments of our life at once, awaits us at the end of life.
Think of it like this:
1. Imagine recruiting different people to experience each moment your life. You have one person to experience each moment of your existence. You have a separate computer monitor for each person. Exactly like watching each play of the game simultaneously, you have everything all set to go.
2. There are 2,365,200,000 seconds in a lifetime of 75 years. This is an approximate estimate of the number of seconds in a lifetime.
3. Imagine recruiting 2,365,200,000 different people to each experience one moment of your life.
4. Then throw the switch and have everyone experience one second of your life simultaneously.
That experience, the collective experiences of all 2,365,200,000 people happening at one time is the type of thing that awaits us at the end of life. This is probably understated but this is the order of magnitude of potential stored in memory.
2. Afterlife Is An Explosion Of Awareness
Humans move through time. We do not stop in time. Here is what would happen if we could:
1. As we approach the end of life we have everything in memory. We have every moment in memory exactly as it was when we experienced it the first time. This is the potential we carry with us as we move through life. This is the potential we have with us at our last moment of life.
2. At the end of life, time ceases to exist. Awareness is free to go everywhere throughout memory. Memory holds all the moments of life. So awareness is free to go throughout your life. Since memory contains time, what was formally a position in time (now) now becomes all time. We undergo a transition from a moment in time to all of time.
3. Like birth, this transition from a moment to all time, happens in an instant.
Awareness has undergone dimensional change. It has gone from position in time to all of time and it happened in an instant. Awareness did this by expanding into the memories that we gathered throughout our lifetime. Memory contains everything. It absorbed every moment as you experienced it. It retained all moments. We carry these memories with us throughout life. We just never realize them during life. Except for limited remembering we are unaware these memory exists. At the end of life all memories are realized. We become aware of them all simultaneously. A that precise moment we become aware of all our memories at once.
3. Memory And Afterlife
The geometric implications of afterlife should not be overlooked. To see how memory and awareness work together we have to look at geometry. During life we are located at in position located in time and space looking out at the world. This is only half of life. While we are awareness looking out at the world, we are also memory absorbing the universe. Life is made up of both things, memory and awareness.
In terms of geometry awareness is our position in time and space. Awareness is our point of view from where we view the universe. In geometric terms awareness is a point. It has position only. Memory, on the other hand, is time and space. Memory is the space and time surrounding that being. These two things - memory and awareness - make up life. Life is not awareness alone. It is both awareness and memory.
We go through life this way since the beginning. Think of it as a point of awareness surrounded by a time-space of memory. At the end of life nothing changes. The time-space continuum, in our memory, is there with us in the present moment. We carry it into the end of life. At that moment life ceases to exist, awareness explodes throughout memory into all time and space. At the end of life we go from experiencing one moment (the present) to experiencing all of time. In like manner we go from position within space to all space. Not only do we expand through time we expand through space as well. As we go from point of view within space to all space, we do that for all moments throughout life, not just the present. At the end of life we undergo a dimensional change where the smallest possible thing (position within time and space) becomes the largest possible thing (all time and space).
Afterlife is the moment in time when we become everything. It is when the good work of life comes to fruition. Memory is not dependent upon the physical world. Memory is fundamental to life exactly like awareness. The two work together. They are the same thing except one is of a different dimension. Awareness has no length, width, depth, or duration. Memory has unlimited length, width, depth, and duration.They are perfect mathemtical inverses. Afterlife is when awareness makes the transition between the two.
Afterlife is the geometric inverse of what we are now. We are position now. We become everything later. It is too grand, too emotional, and too magnificent to comprehend. This holds true for every one of us. It holds true for all living things.
This concludes proof of afterlife by memory.
Conclusion To Proof Of Afterlife By Memory