Hey Arthur-

Awesome job, and very neatly explained. The graph of performance over time, where there is a sudden transition to comprehension, looks fairly familiar to me from running experiments with human participants (Charles Gallistel has an interesting PNAS paper from 2004 on this which you may be familiar with).

Pertinitely, the Penrose Institute just launched a challenge to illuminate the ‘moment of insight’ phenomenon — http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/03/14/can-solve-chess-problem-holds-key-human-consciousness/

My guess is that you’re precisely right; there’s nothing inherently ‘human’ about such flashes of insight, more an abrupt transition from one dynamic state to another.

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