Now that we are seemingly convinced that a central pattern generator exists, we may move on to questions involving how this affects the brain and behavior. We see outputs generated by the nervous system that required no input. Indeed, it may be the brain's perception of the world around it that may lead that may differentiate the outputs of the nervous system. Are the CPG outputs of those people who are raised in different backrounds and styles of life than other people, comparatively different?

I was equally perplexed when I encoutered the following text in "Valis" by Philip K. Dick:

"Thoughts of the Brain are experienced by us as arrangements and rearrangements--change--in a physical universe; but in fact it is really information and information processing which we substantialize. We do not merely see its thoughts as objects, but rather as the movement, or, more precisely the placement of objects: how they become linked to one another. But we cannot read the patterns of arangement; we cannot extract the information in it--i.e. it as information, which is what it is. The linking and relinking of objects by the Brain is actually a language, but not a language like ours (since it is addressing itself and not someone or something outside itself).

I want to know how the brain interprets change. I would like to see how time effects the brain. How the brain constructs, or doesn't construct time. I would like to learn how the brain affects our outside world. Not only our everyday life, but the rules we make for the universe itself.

Fascinating set of reactions/issues. Time very much a frontier problem in terms of thinking about the nervous system (there are some very interesting time "paradoxes" related to the nervous system which people have begun to think about; you might want to look at Daniel Dennet's Consciousness Explained. Indeed, time a frontier problem for physics and other things as well (have read Borderliners by Peter Hoeg?). Will talk more about how the brain affects "rules we make for the universe itself" as we get into sensory systems. PG