The electric activity (EEG) of the brain may be viewed as a chaotic attractor since its oscillations occupy a relatively narrow frequency domain. Its behavior however depends not only on neurons and glia but also on the entire body. When I raise my hand my EEG shifts to a new attractor. Experiments with biofeedback show that one can learn how to shift ones EEG at will from attractor to attractor.
However there is more to it. Despite the ongoing turnover in the body it maintains its appearance. In other words our appearance is a strange attractor in a multidimensional chaotic space.
CA provide a new tool to investigate chaotic
attractors like those observed in the organism. I developed such
a system. It is chaotic and when perturbed t proceeds from one chaotic
attractor to another.
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