reply to post by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
Hey OP GREAT question! It is also one that I am currently investigating.
I do not see a difference between a computer and a organic brain.
I can recommend a couple of books that I am currently reading that will steer you in a good direction.
"On Intelligence" -Jeff Hawkins
"Molecules of Emotion" -Candace B. Pert
When we think of programing and how a computer works it is on a VERY BASIC principle. Modern Computers operate on Binary.
Binary works on a 1/0 system. An On/Off switch that is controlled with electricity basically. You can have a switch in the on position or the off
position. We just make the switches smaller and smaller and smaller so that we can have a HUGE number of switches all in a small condensed size.
This is where my comparison to the human brain comes in. The human brain does not have switches but something called "Neurons" which are like a
three dimensional switch that has more than just one switch lever.
On one side of the Neuron there is a large cable connected to it called the Axon which is like a cable line. At the end of the Axon cable there are
smaller cables that branch out like fingers called Axon Terminals. The Axon Terminals send Chemicals that the Neuron uses to communicate with other
neurons through a small space between them called a synapse where the chemicals are kind of shot like a rocket through the synapse space (Like a
millionth of an inch across).
Then ALL AROUND the neuron in every direction in 3D are something called Dendrites which are like a tree branch. A neuron can have a hundred if not
hundreds of these Dendrites. The Job of these tree branch dendrites is to receive the chemical messages being shot across the synapse from other
Neurons Axon terminals.
So if One Neuron wanted to get a message to another Neuron 250,000 Neurons away the neuron sends it like a bucket brigade delivery method through one
neuron to the next to the next to the next until the message is finally received by the proper neuron. It just happens so fast as to be unnoticeable.
So Neurons not only create and translate messages to and from other Neurons but they pass on the messages of other neurons to other neurons. They just
do it VERY fast!
Plus with the use of chemicals instead of electrical switches the need to have a better cooling method is completely eliminated. Electricity produces
heat but with the chemicals that the brain uses there is no heat! (I think).
So the human brain has Neurons instead of 1/0 On/Off switches. The human brain has a Minimum of One Hundred Billion Neurons in it. Each neuron is more
than just a 1/0 storage switch. It is in itself a miniature computer!
I have not understood yet how much information is stored or possibly processed inside of each neuron but I am getting there. I know it is in one of
these books somewhere lol.
Another thing to note is that Each Neuron in your brain is connected to up to One Thousand other neurons. That equals One Hundred trillion different
synaptic connections happening all day every day. Some Scientists say the number is even higher upwards of a Quadrillion connections.
What really makes the chemical information that Neurons send to and from other Neurons interesting is the chemicals themselves!
So far we know of at least 50 different chemicals that the neurons use to talk to each other. Some are Dopamine (Movement and Pleasure signals),
Serotonin (Sleepytime), Bradykinin (PAIN! ouch), Epinephrine (controls organs speed like heart rate) there are others that control reward, arousal,
body temperature and many that we have no clue what they do YET.
NOT ONLY do we have these insanely complex Neurons at work we have a VERY complex Computer itself to process all of this information!
To begin to get into detail about all of the sections of the brain and what they do would take an entire thread in and of itself!
Compared to 1/0 On/Off switch the Brain makes the computer look like a Scrub NOOB!
That is not to say that at some smaller level the Brain does NOT work on the 1/0 On/Off switch method!
Indeed if we consider the factor of Evolution into where our modern brains came from at ONE point in time they indeed WERE capable of performing
possibly ONLY a single 1/0 On/Off switch decision.
Maybe something as simple as Move Forward /Don't Move Forward or like in plants for photosynthesis Take in light/Do NOT take in light.
So SOMEWHERE deep down in the complexity of our Brain lies the very basic programing of Yes/No On/Off. It is just done on a VERY grand complex scale.
The more questions that Science asks about our Brain the more questions that we come up with!
One of the craziest things that I have heard about is a disease that affects the brain called Hydrocephalus. I believe that it is a brain eating
disease. a Dr. John Lorber did some brain scans of some of his patients with this disease and found in some cases that 95% of the brain was completely
GONE! Yet some of his patients in this condition went on to graduate with Honors from college in Mathematics!
The Brain is just an evolved computer. For me there exists no "Soul" or "Spirit" that gets programmed into the human brain at birth nor is there a
"Awakening of Consciousness" that happens as a result of being self aware.
For me, we as humans are just capable of a huge number of thought processes and data analysis. The only thing special about it is the complexity.