Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordsmith

Every once in a while, great research issues forth changing how man views reality and this particular finding is one of those transformative events as seen in the Physorg article titled Scientists Model Words as Entangled Quantum States in our Minds.

To whit..."Research has shown that words are stored in our memories not as isolated entities but as part of a network of related words. This explains why seeing or hearing a word activates words related to it through prior experiences. In trying to understand these connections, scientists visualize a map of links among words called the mental lexicon that shows how words in a vocabulary are interconnected through other words.

However, it’s not clear just how this word association network works. For instance, does word association spread like a wave through a fixed network, weakening with conceptual distance, as suggested by the “Spreading Activation” model? Or does a word activate every other associated word simultaneously, as suggested in a model called “Spooky Activation at a Distance”?

Although these two explanations appear to be mutually exclusive, a recent study reveals a connection between the explanations by making one novel assumption: that words can become entangled in the human mental lexicon."


All of my life, I have wondered how we connect words together to generate meaning but never knew how this mysterious process could occur. This connectivity issue becomes even more mysterious in composing music as the thought process involved radically differs from word smithing even though bringing this construct into reality follows the same entanglement process as per the word model the researchers have created in attempting to better understand the brain's astonishing ability to generate meaning out of entities, that on the surface, should be discrete and not subject to entanglement.

Now that we have tools able to tease out elements of the quantum, the integration of same into research of all kinds is changing everything we know about existence, something very cool to see in the eyes of this writer.
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