Although I understand your concern using the car parts analogy, I think the quote above is precisely why there is hope to find something interesting (unless I misunderstood what you were referring to, and you’re speaking about subsequent processing). Anyway. How come first step of cortical processing after retina forms kinda the same whatever you look at ? I don’t have the answer to it, and the answer seems interesting in itself.
Don’t you think modelling V1 will give us clues into it ?
Yes. and No.
Maybe the western African coast was not the most interesting part of the story for volcanology. However the observation that it does seem to match Brazilian coast was not at all uninteresting for subsequent developments in the field.
To my eyes there are striking “what the hell with this mid-Atlantic ridge?” anomalies to V1 and visual input.
I do not want to sound defensive about that question - and there is also the very real possibility that I run out of gas or just plainly ‘fail’ at it… however, reading you, I have the feeling that something very core to my approach of it was not quite clear. Either that, or there’s something very obvious to your eyes which I’m being oblivious to. Maybe we can sort this out ^^.
So. Putting aside “me comparing to my betters” once again, please consider the following analogy, as a hint to why I’m struggling at giving your question any meaningful answer.
“Toronto, June 18th, 1902:
Imagine you successfully derived an equation of motion where the speed of light is held constant - what would be your next step? It’s unlikely this part will give you sufficient basis for going further.”