The Connectome Recapitulates Reality, A Hypothesis


A Hypothesis:

The wiring of the brain recapitulates the real external physical networks on which we travel (or our perception of it). If people are learning a map (e.g London taxicab drivers learning The Knowledge), they reshape their brain. The newish technical term for this set of internal brain connections is the Connectome. It would make some sense for this wiring to be topologically similar to the actual topology that is being reflected (i.e. one thinks there would be some parsimony in finding the shortest path on a physical network if it were actually the shortest path in the brain).

I realize (and wikipedia tells me so) that classical Recapitulation Theory (Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny “in developing from embryo to adult, animals go through stages resembling or representing successive stages in the evolution of their remote ancestors” ) is disproven.
What I am hypothesizing is different that there is a non-random (statistically significant) resemblance between brain wiring and the physical relationships of the external world.
Now to test. How to test?
Other links:

KurzweilAI reports: Complex wiring of the nervous system may rely on a just a handful of genes and proteins and researchers are working on mapping the internals of the brain.

Linklist: February 13, 2012

Businessweek: Making the World’s Largest Airline Fly: Cover Story on United Continental merger

Monthly US Total Gasoline Retail Deliveries by Refiners
Monthly US Total Gasoline Retail Deliveries by Refiners

As the figure from EIA shows, and Charles Hugh Smith asks:Why Is Gasoline Consumption Tanking?: In short, peak travel, the recession, demographics, changing travel behavior, staycations, residential relocation, fleet use changes, and rising fuel economy (and ethanol) wouldn’t seem to explain this large a drop, especially the last two points. Is there a methodological problem? Other hypotheses?

Via JW: Green Car Congress: 2013 Cadillac XTS will feature first GM application of sensor fusion; milestone toward semi- and fully autonomous vehicles:

“The 2013 Cadillac XTS will feature GM’s first application of a Driver Assistance Package using sensor fusion, which combines the information of several, generally heterogeneous sensors and positioning technologies to alert drivers more accurately of road hazards and help them avoid crashes. Sensor fusion and the challenges of its implementation have been topics of interest in the active safety community for a number of years.”

The EconomistBuilding competitiveness: A fare fight : “Taxi markets are a perfect test of Europe’s willingness to change.”