Infinite Loops - Symbolic Computer & The Human Mind

In summary, the human brain is not a sequential machine like a computer, making it difficult for the entire brain to enter an infinite loop. While localized loops may be possible, the neurons in these loops would eventually die. Additionally, it is unlikely for a mentally stable person to willingly engage in an infinite loop. This is because the brain is not made up of fixed components like a computer and can make conscious decisions to avoid such patterns. However, there are examples of people falling into conscious behavioral patterns, such as addictions, which may resemble an infinite loop. Neuron death is also a potential factor in preventing infinite loops in the brain.
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Barking_Mad
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Im curious if anyone knows if it is theoretically possible to place the human mind into an infinite loop in a similar manner to the placing an electronic computer into one.

If not, why? What is principle physical/neurological process that prevents this from occurring?
 
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The human brain isn't a sequential (uni-processor) machine - so there's not exactly a single place in the brain that can enter a loop and hold up everything else. There may be localized loops in the brain, but these probably won't be infinite either - i think that the neurons in such a local infinite looping network would eventually die since they would likely not be very connected.
 
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Barking_Mad said:
theoretically possible to place the human mind into an infinite loop

Theoretically, yes. Practically no.

Now just follow what I say:

Start counting from zero, unless you reach 100 and then again start counting from zero and then reach 100 and then again....

Try to do it, I bet a mentally stable person would refuse to do that more than twice or thrice.:)

Computers can do that because they are just semiconductors, processors and stuff fixed on the circuit board. They don't stop it unless they get melted due to overheating.
 
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Google_Spider said:
Theoretically, yes. Practically no.
Computers can do that because they are just semiconductors, processors and stuff fixed on the circuit board. They don't stop it unless they get melted due to overheating.

There are examples where people fall into conscious behavioural patterns, addictions and habbits are examples i suppose (but there are others).
However i was also thinking if it was subconscious and/or not something that could be decided on.

Neuron death is something i was expecting to happen theoretically.
 

Related to Infinite Loops - Symbolic Computer & The Human Mind

1. What is an infinite loop?

An infinite loop is a situation in a computer program where a sequence of instructions is repeated indefinitely, causing the program to never terminate. This can occur when a loop is designed to keep running until a certain condition is met, but the condition is never met, resulting in an endless cycle.

2. How do infinite loops occur in symbolic computers?

Infinite loops can occur in symbolic computers when a program is designed to manipulate symbols based on certain rules, but the rules are not defined completely or correctly. This can result in the program getting stuck in a loop, continuously trying to manipulate the symbols without ever reaching a desired outcome.

3. How are infinite loops related to the human mind?

Infinite loops in symbolic computers are often used as a metaphor to understand certain aspects of the human mind. Just like a computer program can get stuck in an endless cycle, our thoughts and behaviors can also get stuck in patterns that seem to have no end. This can be seen in habits, compulsions, and other repetitive patterns of behavior.

4. What are the consequences of infinite loops in computer programs?

The consequences of infinite loops in computer programs can range from minor inconveniences to serious malfunctions. In some cases, the program may become unresponsive and the computer may need to be restarted. In other cases, the program may consume excessive resources, causing the computer to slow down or crash.

5. How can infinite loops be prevented in computer programs?

To prevent infinite loops in computer programs, programmers must carefully design their code to include proper conditions and termination statements in loops. This ensures that the program will eventually exit the loop and continue executing other instructions. Additionally, thorough testing and debugging can help catch and fix potential infinite loops before they cause problems.

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