We continue the previous experiment where CA-1 was injured at rising times. Does this treatment strengthen the system or weaken it? In order to find out, CA-1 was injured twice.  First at injury time = 4.  The second injury was applied at rising times.

Following the second injury, cell count and production generally declined, while health = production / cell count, improved.  At  t = 30  the system was healthiest. Some CA are depicted below

Immune memory

The experiment might be regarded as immunizing a CA system. When children are immunized against disease like whooping cough they receive two or more shots of weakened microbes.  From then and on, the  immune system will remember how to handle whooping cough microbes.  The immune system has a memory which stores its encounters with  invaders, known as foreign antigens.

System memory

The experiment indicates that our system has a memory. It remembered the first injury, and  became healthier after the second. At t = 30, . after one shot its health was  0.0172 and it rose after the second shot to  0.0447. If it would not remember that it got the first shot, the system would not become healthier. Imagine immunizing a Random walk, it will remain a Random walk. Our system acquires knowledge.

The memory encompasses the entire system, and is written  in its structure. Change one bit  and the memory will also change. The experiment shows that the system is capable to learn.  Actually injury has two meanings. 1. It is a threat which might  kill the system. 2. It is a challenge which  teaches the system, and enhances its knowledge.

When to treat a sore throat?

Take the bugs which cause sore throat. On one hand they pose a threat to spread into the lung and  cause a dangerous pneumonia. The  physician rushes therefore to kill them  with antibiotics.  On the other hand,  if killing the bugs too soon, the immune system will not have enough time to develop immunity.  Learning takes time.

Observe the health difference curve, and imagine stopping  the experiment at t = 3. The system would be less healthy than if you would wait until t = 30.  The system needs time to build up its health.

Human memory

Medicine teaches that our memory is stored in the brain. Like computer memory it is supposed to store images or other data. Yet our memory has to store more than that. Imagine that you decide to stand up. You exercise a faculty which you learned as a child, which means that you remember how to stand up,  and now apply this knowledge. While the brain remembers how to coordinate muscles, there  is more to it.  Myriad other processes  participate in standing, and the memory of their coordination is not stored in the brain.  It is stored in the entire organism. Like the memory of our experimental system. This memory is stored in our WOB.

When remembering the first injury, our system did not store data. It stored action. It knows how to improve its health. While our brain may store data like a computer WOB stores actions.

WOB computer

The experiment illustrates an important  feature of WOB computer. Its memory will be distributed, and will store actions.

Set up
injuryrange=1; injury1=4; injurytime = *; effect[1, 2, 1.6, sa[[1]]], effect[2,1, 1.9, sa[[2]]];

Further reading:
WOB boosting

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