Almost Gate: Personal Implications

This page deals with personal implications of the Almost Gate. The Almost Gate post explains how it arises naturally from recognized neural properties.

Just as a gate allows entry only when the key is available and once in, everyone is allowed the same privileges, the Almost Gate allows information to flow past it when a specific amplitude or higher of input information (the neural threshold) arrives at the same time.

Overflow Gate

Overflow Gate

That input information (which has various amplitudes coming in, always greater than the Almost Gate for the neuron to fire) is delivered downstream as if the input was exactly the same as previous occasions when it delivered an output signal–although that is not true or at least not knowable.

You may think since we all have the Almost Gate, it evens out in how we think.

People are Different

However, it’s not the case that everyone has the same Almost Gate. Everyone has an Almost Gate, but the amplitude is distinct and varies among people. Yours may be higher than mine or not. The functioning is the same, but the results are different. If two object matches in two features, an artist may declare them identical, while an accountant may not recognize a similarity, much less an identity.

Personal Threshold Two Different People

Personal Threshold Two Different People

Do you find it surprising that different inputs give rise to the same output? If you think this is just an odd-ball case, take a gander at Neural Cascade to see how pervasive the Almost Gate is at all levels of brain processing.

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