Saturday, May 1, 2010

the human brain may be a trillion times more capable than we imagine

Wow. Scientists never cease to amaze me. Check out this article in New Scientist discussing the intelligence, and ingenuity of cells. Single cells. Sentient beings with their own intelligence, will and drive. It's mind-boggling in some respects but in others, it makes sense. A red alga can "work out" how to solve problems, an amoeba construct a stone home with all the "ingenuity" of a master builder...

Anyway, it could be that the brain’s power might well derive from data processing within each neuron (cell) rather than the electrical sparks between or communication between them.

University of Cambridge research biologist Brian J. Ford says “Each individual neuron is itself a computer, and the brain a vast community of microscopic computers… the human brain may be a trillion times more capable than we imagine."

Here he talks about the current way science studies cells parts, rather than cells as a whole. "Reductionism has us peering ever closer at the fibres in the paper of a musical score, and analysing the printer's ink. I want us to experience the symphony."


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