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The table summarizes the information carried on the three holistic communicating nets. Exceptions and caveats can be found to these
generalizations, but the overall idea stands. The bottom line (what kind of consciousness is held in each system) is pure speculation on
the part of the author, based on empirical observation and experience. It represents a plea to expand consciousness from being solely
the domain of the brain to include the accumulated wisdom of the rest of the nervous system, the chemical wisdom of the fluid system,
and the spatial wisdom found in the semiconducting fluid crystal of the connective tissue web.
All three are made from tubes
We can also note that the units for these networks are
all tubular. The cylindrical tube is a fundamental bio-
logical shape - all the early multi-celled organisms had
a basically tubular shape, which still lies at the very core
of all the higher animals. 6 4 Each of these communicating
systems is also built around tubular units (Fig. 1.27).
(These tubes do not exhaust the use of the tubes in the
body, of course: the digestive system is a tube, the spinal
cord is a tube, as well as the bronchioles, the nephrons
of the kidney, the common bile duct and other glandular
ducts - they are literally everywhere.)
The neuron is a one-celled tube, holding an imbal-
ance of sodium ions on the outside of the tube and
potassium ions inside until a pore in the membrane
opens via an action potential. The capillary is a tube
containing blood with walls of epithelial cells, confining
the flow path of red blood cells while allowing the dif-
fusion of plasma and white blood cells. The basic unit
of the fascial web is a collagen fibril, which is not cellular
at all, but rather a cell product. The molecular shape,
however, is also tubular, a triple helix (like three-
stranded rope). Some have suggested that this tube also
has a hollow center, though whether this is true or
whether anything flows through this tiny tube is still
open to investigation. 6 5 So, while all the networks are
tubular, the construction of the tubes is not the same.
Neither is the scale. The axons of the nerve 'tubes'
range from about 1 urn to 20 urn in diameter, 6 6 while
capillaries vary from 2 urn to 7 um. 6 7 The collagen 'tube'
is much smaller, each fiber being only 0.5-1.0 um in
diameter, but very long and cable-like. 6 8 If an old three-
strand rope - a triple helix like the collagen fiber - were
1 cm thick, it would have to be more than a meter long
to match the proportions of a collagen molecule.
Fig. 1.27 Each of the major body communicating networks is
made up of tubular subunits. The nerves are unicellular tubes, the
capillaries are multicellular tubes, and the tubes of the collagen
fibers are cell products, woven by the fibroblasts.
binary form: on or off. Starling s law dictates that either
the stimuli to a nerve achieve a threshold allowing the
nerve to fire, or they do not and it remains quiet. 6 9 The
nervous system, in other words, works on frequency
modulation (FM) not amplitude modulation (AM). A
loud noise does not make bigger spikes up cranial nerve
VIII, it simply makes more of them - interpreted by the
temporal lobe as a louder noise. But whatever informa-
tion is sent, it is encoded as 'dots and dashes' and must
be decoded properly.
As an example of the limitation of this coding, press
the heel of your hand on the orb of your closed eye until
you 'see' light. Was there any light? No, the pressure
merely stimulated the optic nerve. The optic nerve goes
to a part of the brain that can only interpret incoming
signals as light. Therefore, the signal 'pressure' was
All three convey information
Although each of these networks communicates, the
information carried by these networks differs. The
neural net carries encoded information, usually in a
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