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.
That information (which has various amplitudes, always greater than the Almost Gate) is delivered downstream is exactly the same.
Image of a gate or sea wall, showing blocking motion
Theoretical or Real
You may be thinking—that’s an interesting little theoretical bonbon, but how do we know it is actually in force in the way we think. Here’s an example.
Image. Recognition of the same person in two different images, with a change. Lincoln pixilated.
Now that you see what I mean, you may think it’s trite. That’s okay. Simplifying is what our brain does effortlessly.
People are Different
I don’t want to give you the impression that, by virtue of being human, everyone has the exact same Almost Gate. Everyone has an Almost Gate, but yours may be farther out or higher or both than mine. The functioning is the same, but the results are different.
Do you find it as surprising as I do—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.