Monday, June 1, 2009

Is the foot a data storage device?

We were just talking this morning when an interesting question came up. Could you really call the foot a data storage device? I think you can. 

The foot does storage information. The body is a sum of it's parts including the feet. Information sharing goes on between all body parts. That alone implies stored memory. Past learned moves are stored as presets that respond to new demands. 

But the foot doesn't contain brain cells. So how does the foot send, receive, and store information. The proprioceptors have the capacity to send feedback through information received and signal changes in pressure, stretch and movement. 

What about storing information? Do proprioceptors have a memory capacity.  The proprioceptors don't exist within a vacuum. Rather they are pressure, stretch and movement sensors that coordinate their information with the brain and muscles. The proprioceptors work directly with the brain and rest of the nervous system to set the appropriate amount of tension within the body to respond to demands placed upon on it. This is referred to as movement intelligence and is where some of our overall memory takes place.    

But every footstep is not reinvented.  Rather it calls on preset stored information (data) to make that step possible. It has to be stored. 

What do you think? Is the foot a data storage devise? 

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