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The neglection matrix

  1. Oct 5, 2004 #1
    Imagine a baby inside its mothers womb. Suddenly some robot shoves a plug through the womb and into the babies brain. The baby is now inside the matrix, but the difference is that this matrix does not provide any input for the babies brain. It just blocks all his senses, so the baby does not hear, smell, taste, touch or see anything for his entire life.

    What would happen with the baby(besides God hitting it with lightning)? What would it think and experience?
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2004
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 6, 2004 #2
    An interesting question. I fully belive that humans are a blank slate. The mind is shaped by our experiences and enviornments. Genetics, however, make us all unique. Therefore, two babies, unless identical biologically, placed in identical enviornments will come out different. Identical twins, though genetically identical, for several reasons are not biologically identical ( not every cell is the same. Usually due to cell mutations or other cellular changes).

    Like a fingerprint, every brain will develop differently. Even though a brain primarily relies upon external inputs to shape its pathways, The brain will still be affected by time and cellular division. Chemicals will still be created from organs. .Internal inputs would still be generated.

    Becuase the framework is still intact and its inputs are present ( though limited ). The child would still be capable of though. Though not on a level of thought that we would find useful. Given enough time ( probably longer than its human life-span ) the child's mind will develop into something a little closer to what we would call thinking.

    Another theory is that since the mind is not used as much as it is expected, it would simply shutdown and probably die. Something like brain atrophy.
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