I am proposing to start this topic, because I have not found this subject covered in any existing thread. Listening to the following talk delivered by David Eagleman from the Dept. of Neuroscience & Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, brings up a lot of questions regarding how our cortical hierarchies are operating. In this video you will even find some evidence that there is a calibrating mechanism in our cortex which is capable of synchronizing temporally distinct events and this process can also be manipulated in order to distort time perception to the point that causalities of events can be completely concealed to the mind. It is suggested that this may be the cause for some pathologies which include hallucinations, like hearing voices attributed to other sources and Schizophrenia in general.
Would it be possible, that the temporal latencies between the HTM regions can be altered and are self-regulating? This interesting temporal analysis also raises the question; Which is the layer or location in our cortical hierarchy in which we perceive time and temporal order? I could imagine that it must be the same hierarchical layer (or set of regions) in which we perceive our consciouness and awareness of our context, which is clearly an illusion taking place in our present (NOW). This illusion is an approximation of what is really taking place in our surrounding environment and has access to our stored memories. I have the hypothesis that time perception (which is needed to establish causalities) is being generated (or emerging) within the same regions in which our illusion of consciousness (including contextual awareness) also emerges. If this holds true, then this would also support Eagleman’s theory that many mental pathologies can be caused by flaws in this temporal perception process. Does any one at Numenta or from the Redwood Institute have any evidence or research to support or dispute this hypothesis? Is it possible that some HTM regions perhaps use inference of inputs from lower levels in order to synchronize the inputs with temporal differences, before they are passed on upward in the hierarchy to higher levels with higher degrees of abstraction in their representations?
Thanks for your thoughts in advance!