Functionality of the Human Brain Compared to Functionality of Basic Computer Operation
Hello fellow ATS members. This topic that I am going to share with you has been discussed on ATS in a roundabout fashion throughout a multitude of
different threads and forums. However, I would like to give my depiction of how I feel the operation of the two are comparable as far as both of their
functionality is concerned, more so, the similarities as well as the differences.
To begin I would like to just give an overall description of the two and a brief description of their components and basic functions.
...like millions of little computers all working together.
Human Brain - An organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates, functioning as the coordinating center of sensation and
intellectual and nervous activity. It functions as the primary receiver, organizer and distributor of information for the body.
The brain is made of three main parts: the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. The forebrain consists of the cerebrum, thalamus, and hypothalamus
(part of the limbic system). The midbrain consists of the tectum and tegmentum. The hindbrain is made of the cerebellum, pons and medulla. Often the
midbrain, pons, and medulla are referred to together as the brainstem.
The Cerebrum: The cerebrum or cortex is the largest part of the human brain, associated with higher brain function such as thought and action. The
cerebral cortex is divided into four sections, called "lobes": the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, and temporal lobe. Here is a visual
representation of the cortex:
What do each of these lobes do?
• Frontal Lobe- associated with reasoning, planning, parts of speech, movement, emotions, and problem solving
• Parietal Lobe- associated with movement, orientation, recognition, perception of stimuli
• Occipital Lobe- associated with visual processing
• Temporal Lobe- associated with perception and recognition of auditory stimuli, memory, and speech
The Cerebellum: The cerebellum, or "little brain", is similar to the cerebrum in that it has two hemispheres and has a highly folded surface or
cortex. This structure is associated with regulation and coordination of movement, posture, and balance. The cerebellum is assumed to be much older
than the cerebrum, evolutionarily. What do I mean by this? In other words, animals which scientists assume to have evolved prior to humans, for
example reptiles, do have developed cerebellums. However, reptiles do not have neocortex.
Limbic System: The limbic system, often referred to as the "emotional brain", is found buried within the cerebrum. Like the cerebellum,
evolutionarily the structure is rather old. This system contains the
hippocampus. Here is a visual representation of this system, from a
midsagittal view of the human brain:
Brain Stem: Underneath the limbic system is the brain stem. This structure is responsible for basic vital life functions such as breathing,
heartbeat, and blood pressure. Scientists say that this is the "simplest" part of human brains because animals' entire brains, such as reptiles
(who appear early on the evolutionary scale) resemble our brain stem. Look at a good example of this here. The brain stem is made of the
COMPUTER - A machine that processes information and performs computations.
CPU - Central Processing Unit, or "brains" of the computer
How Computers Work
Hard Drive - The main device that a computer uses to store information.
Input: Information and programs are entered into the computer through Input devices such as the keyboard, disks, or through other computers via
network connections or modems connected to the Internet. The input device also retrieves information off disks.
Output: Output Devices displays information on the screen (monitor) or the printer and sends information to other computers. They also display
messages about what errors may have occurred and brings up message or dialog box asking for more information to be input. The output device also saves
information on the disk for future use.
Processing: The CPU or central processing unit is sometimes called the Control Unit and directs the operation of the input and output devices. The
Coprocessor or the Arithmetic-Logic Unit does arithmetic and comparisons. The memory or RAM temporarily stores information (files and programs) while
you are using or working on them. The BIOS or basic input/output system controls the dialogue between the various devices.
So now that we have a general concept of how both operate I will begin my comparison of how I think the two relate in regards to their functionality.
A brain is just a bio-computer...yes? Well this description put's it into more perspective.
IS THE BRAIN ONE BIG COMPUTER?
Let's look at the brain using a different model. Let's look at the brain as an orchestra. In an orchestra, you have different musical sections.
There is a percussion section, a string section, a woodwind section, and so on. Each has its own job to do and must work closely with the other
sections. When playing music, each section waits for the conductor. The conductor raises a baton and all the members of the orchestra begin playing at
the same time playing on the same note. If the drum section hasn't been practicing, they don't play as well as the rest of the orchestra. The
overall sound of the music seems "off" or plays poorly at certain times. This is a better model of how the brain works. We used to think of the
brain as a big computer, but it's really like millions of little computers all working together.
So in essence, it is a network of a bunch of little computers responsible for oodles of connections and computations at any given point in time. A
computer, is comprised of a binary system of ON & OFF, or more technically, a language comprised of a constant stream of 1's & 0's to generate the
desired effect from a given user. The multitude and speed at which computers process this information is growing more every day.
Some may suggest that even comparing the two would be the same as comparing apples to oranges (for lack of a better comparison model). None the less,
the overall make-up of components and their functionality in comparison are not too dissimilar in my opinion.
A person, uses their built in input devices, or one of 5 senses to generate some form of output. Albeit, our output device, or body, is a little more
complex than your basic home computer. Be that as it may, the foundation of the functionality between the two relate on quite a few levels.
With this comparison, one can start to delve into creation and intelligent design as being very plausible. In that the human brain, and body, is an
intricate network of systems that work in conjunction with one another via one central processing unit. This unit, is comprised itself of various
other intricate units that together create a functional bio-mechanical and bio-computational apparatus a.k.a. a Human Being.
After some thought I decided to create this thread and submit it to the members of ATS to gain a perspective of how they feel "they do" or "do
not" relate to being a living, breathing bio-mechanical computer. I am sure that there will be those that do not share my view of similar likeness to
the two and I am grateful for those replies as well as any replies to this thread from people that do happen to share this same view.
I personally feel the computer and what knowledge we have of it currently will result in possibly many forms of advanced A.I. in our future. As we
evolve, technological breakthroughs will surpass anything that we have thought of thus far. Which begs the question. Was our creator, just a very
advanced computer designer and are we on our way to becoming designers ourselves? Perhaps that is the design, and how life is spread throughout the
universe. Only when you reach a certain level, do you begin and understand the journey that is life in this Universe of ours. If so, we are surely in
Computers are by no means flawless. They have bugs, comparable to genetic and mental abnormalities in humans. They are susceptible to viruses, as are
humans. They are susceptible to malicious attacks, as are humans. They are user friendly in some cases and some cases not so much, as are humans.
The list goes on. So in retrospect, The comparison of the Human Brain and the Basic Computer, share enough similar qualities that it is not all that
difficult for one to postulate that we may very well be programmed with an OS.
All this talk lately of Ascension, is more or less, no different than an OS upgrade. I am sure we've all heard the term Human 2.0 uttered on ATS if
you have perused topics in relation to this subject. Perhaps that is what is occurring. Like with any update you would get with Windows, some get it
sooner than others, some do not possess the OS that receives said update. Fantastical? Perhaps, but it does spark my imagination when I start
comparing the similarities of humans to the computer world.
Well, that is my view and breakdown. It's now in your hands to discuss at your leisure as a group. My schedule as of late is very busy so please
forgive me if I am unable to reply to everyone, but rest assured I will be watching this thread and do my best to be as active as I can in the
Thank you for taking time from your day to read and I hope you enjoyed the experience.