Sub 2-hour marathons and critical chaos

If the impossible knows a limit, it certainly is not in the brain.

A Washington University paper confirms one of the predictions in favour of criticality maximising information processing in neural networks.

“We were surprised to find that, in our models, it was largely accounted for by a population of inhibitory neurons that, in retrospect, are well poised to regulate the organization of the larger network,” Hengen said.

Criticality is a multiscale view of cognitive functioning arguing that neural networks in the brain function best near ‘phase transitions’, meaning when fluctuating between solid, liquid and gaseous states.

Criticality arises in complex systems perched between
order and disorder, and is marked by fluctuations that do not have any privileged spatial or temporal scale. “

Reading up about the impact of psychological trauma has got me interested in neuroscience, and I enjoy seeing similar language to business studies or sociology.

(even if the meanings of the words are completely different)

how DID Eliud Kipchoge run a sub-2 hour marathon for the first time in human history???

Mike Boyd made a great video explaing how Kipchoge’s greatness is in how he saw what was possible, and he made it happen.

He analysed the perfect pace, then got to help to stick with it.

He failed many times, adjusted his training, and kept going.

This man DESERVED to run the first sub 2 hour marathon.

Not saying others before him didn’t, but he clearly put in the work and found his personal optimised state of functioning.

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