Who said that the fly has a brain?
The common belief is that the fly catches with its eyes, the movement of the predator and sends the information to the brain. The brain processes the information and sends feedback to the muscles of the fly and the fly escapes.
The weak spot in this concept is that the time needed for transferring data would probably be too long for the fly to survive. Does the fly use a different mechanism for its survival?

We would like to offer an analogy with the world of automated Data processing or computing. In this world, we are present to the advantage of the embedded hardware over programs and applications
  • Speed and reaction time.
  • The ability to perform the same action, over and over again, exactly as it has already been tested and found optimal.
We are going to show that it is possible for the brain of the fly to act as hardware like mechanism, rater then an application driven mechanism. The idea that leys in the foundation of the TOTEM theory, is that the fly, like any other living creature, including mankind, owns an embedded system that is basically a CPU and not a computer-like machine.
The difference between a computer and a CPU is, in a nut shell that in a computer there is a distinction between the unit that uses "OPCODE" to process the data, which we call "CPU" and the units that are responsible for gathering data and storing it like "memory", "storage", etc.  A CPU on the other hand is an autonomous unit that gets a signal that switches the junctions in the CPU and produces an output. The brain functions in a similar way, that in a Human environment is called "Reflex". Moreover, the brain "defines" for itself its reflexes.
 This information includes all together, the stimulation, the feeling and the automatic action that derives from the input signal. This end to end information, which is basically the complete experience from the triggering event, is organized as brain patterns, that we call Reflexive Brain Patterns RBP. Those RBPs are automatically triggered by a stimulus when a similar event or something that seems like a similar event occurs.

[Although it seems as if this is another article about brain as a hardware quest, our final goal is to draw the layout]
  Once we have established this possibility, then it becomes logical to comprehend that the best way for the fly to maintain its survival, would be if the wing was part or a derivative of the brain. So when there is a signal that requires reaction, the reaction would be immediate and there will be no processing, only automatic action. Deeper observation will suggest that the unique structure of the eye of the fly, which is combined of a large number of lenses, allows a direct connection of each lens directly to single specific muscle. In more details, each lens triggers a specific nerve thread (a single "thread" out the many that construct the nerve), which relays the activation to the specific muscle, Thus, enabling a REALTIME response.
]. In spite of the fact that each muscle operates always the same, the large verity of lenses and muscles creates an almost unlimited number possible reactions.
The world that is being described here, opens vast number of possibilities when it comes to the discussion over complex creatures.
The brain is a derivative of DNA and not its fingerprint.

TOTEMind Mission - Cultivating artificial intelligence, out of understanding the Human brain
 Yigal Efrati: Business, personal & family coach. Mail: yigalef@gmail.com Tel: +972-54-7855144