The Neurological Principle

 You are invited to an NIH Biomedical Computing (BCIG) Lecture entitled

 The Neurological Principle:
A Mathematical Theory of Yin-Yang and
Body-Mind Unity Motivated by Neural Signal Transduction


 Dr. Stefan Jaeger
Visiting Scientist
Communications Engineering Branch
Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health 

Address:  38A / 9N912B
Phone Number: 301-435-3198
Web site:

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 
(3:00 p.m. for informal coffee social) 
Location: Building 50, first floor, rear* 
Room 1227 / 1233

KEY WORDS: Yin-Yang, Chinese medicine, neural networks, information theory, theory of relativity, uncertainty principle, anthropic principle, fine-structure constant, golden ratio, acupuncture

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION: Bridging the gap between western medicine and traditional healing methods has turned out to be a formidable challenge. For example, the abstract philosophical ideas in Chinese medicine are a major obstacle for western researchers trying to find a more concrete explanation of the efficacy of traditional healing methods, such as acupuncture. Among the prominent concepts that have eluded western researchers so far are Yin and Yang, the two opposite forces that pervade the universe and that manifest in every object and process. Starting from the omnipresent black-and-white Yin-Yang symbol, this talk presents a formal mathematical framework for Yin and Yang. In particular, the talk shows how the Yin-Yang symbol can be rendered by following the sun’s shadow throughout the year. Based on this insight, the talk will elaborate the formal Yin-Yang model into an information-theoretical model of synaptic signal transduction. It turns out that several physical phenomena, such as time dilation in Einstein’s theory of relativity or Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, can be related to this model. The talk will also show how two well-known mathematical constants, namely the golden ratio and the fine-structure constant, can be derived from the proposed model, either directly or as a close approximation. Both constants play meaningful roles in physics, among other areas. These observations suggest that Yin and Yang play an important role in neuroscience as well as physics, combining principles of different worlds in a common framework. The talk therefore proposes the neurological principle as a new principle that subsumes existing principles in a more general idea. The neurological principle considers body and mind as a unity, arguing that the physical universe is as much a result of our brain as our brain is the product of the laws governing our universe. The mathematical foundation of the neurological principle lends itself to analytical studies that are arguably more in accordance with western approaches to medicine and physics. This opens new research alleys and makes body-mind unity accessible to rigorous scientific investigation. A formalization of ancient philosophical concepts and traditional healing methods, as presented in this talk, is essential to reaching acceptance in modern science.

SPEAKER: Dr. Stefan Jaeger is a Visiting Scientist at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH). He received his diploma in computer science from University of Kaiserslautern and his PhD from University of Freiburg, Germany. Dr. Jaeger has an international research background, both in academia and industry. He has held, among others, positions at Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Maryland, Tokyo University of Agri. & Tech., University of Karlsruhe, and Daimler. Dr. Jaeger was instrumental in developing several state-of-the-art character classifiers for postal automation, document processing, and human-computer interaction, in Latin and Asian scripts. More recently, he has implemented methods for cell classification and tracking. At NIH, he is developing a screening system for detecting tuberculosis and other lung diseases in chest X-rays. His research interests include biomedical imaging, medical informatics, pattern recognition, machine learning, and Chinese medicine. He has about sixty publications in these areas, several of which received best paper awards and nominations, including two patents.

* DIRECTIONS TO BUILDING 50 ROOM 1328/1334: If you enter the NIH at the main gate on Rockville Pike just proceed straight into the NIH campus for one block and cross the street in the direction you are going.  Building 50 will be on your left.  Enter the lobby, walk straight, pass the elevators on your right, make a right turn and look for the number 1328 or 1334 on a door on your right. If you are driving onto the NIH campus, there is a metered parking lot at the end of Building 50 on the left. (It might be a good idea to bring these directions with you.) 

PRE-EVENT COFFEE SOCIAL: There is a terrific coffee shop and lounge area just inside the door to Building 50. From 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., we will meet with Dr. Jaeger for coffee and an informal discussion there.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Jim DeLeo by e-mail at or by phone at 301-496-3848.

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