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ScienceDaily (Nov. 19, 2012) — The structure of the universe and the laws that govern its growth may be more similar than previously thought to the structure and growth of the human brain and other complex networks, such as the Internet or a social network of trust relationships between people, according to a new paper published in the science journal Nature's Scientific Reports.
"By no means do we claim that the universe is a global brain or a computer," said Dmitri Krioukov, co-author of the paper, published by the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. "But the discovered equivalence between the growth of the universe and complex networks strongly suggests that unexpectedly similar laws govern the dynamics of these very different complex systems."
"The most frequent question that people may ask is whether the discovered asymptotic equivalence between complex networks and the universe could be a coincidence," said Krioukov. "Of course it could be, but the probability of such a coincidence is extremely low. Coincidences in physics are extremely rare, and almost never happen. There is always an explanation, which may be not immediately obvious."
Originally posted by NiNjABackflip
I would perhaps say that the computer is instead a model of the human brain and not the other way around. The brain or universe isn't a computer; the computer is a man made brain-like machine, merely invented, designed and produced to mimic an organic brain.
Saying otherwise implies that there's some great programmer and we're merely software, which isn't the case. Humans make computers, not the other way around—at least in my opinion.
"The structure of the universe and the laws that govern its growth may be more similar than previously thought to the structure and growth of the human brain and other complex networks...."
Having the ability to predict -- let alone trying to control -- the dynamics of complex networks remains a central challenge throughout network science.
Therefore “collective unconscious” or “global consciousness”, according to Carl Jung (renowned Swiss psychoanalyst and philosopher), is a global mind shared by everyone on the planet, which holds the collective memory of the total of human experiences past and present. One way to look at it is that global consciousness is very much like a planetary web, or a vast network of mental energy that connects us all to each other, the planet, and the entire Universe. breathemagazine.com...
“Now we’re learning that perhaps this planet has not been created for humans, but that humans have been created for the planet. We hear now of the Gaia hypothesis, of the interdependence of all inert and living matter, that we are part and parcel of a living planetary organism. We are temporary living manifestations or incarnations of this Earth. We are living Earth. Each of us is a cell, a perceptive nervous unit of the Earth. The living consciousness of the Earth is beginning to operate through us. You as cosmic and earth cells, are part of a vast biological and evolutionary phenomenon which is of first importance at this stage, namely humanity as a whole, the whole human species, has become the brain, the heart, the soul, the expression and the action of the Earth. We have now a world brain which determines what can be dangerous or mortal for the planet: the United Nations and its agencies, and innumerable groups and networks around the world, are part of the brain. This is our newly discovered meaning. ... we are a global family living in a global home. We are in the process of becoming a global civilization. I hope that religious leaders will get together and define before the end of this century the cosmic laws which are common to all their faiths. The third millennium should be a spiritual millennium, a millennium which will see the integration and harmony of humanity with creation, with nature, with the planet, with the cosmos and with eternity” (Muller, “A Cosmological Vision of the Future,” World Goodwill Occasional Paper, October 1989).
Robert Muller (March 11, 1923 – September 20, 2010) was an international civil servant with the United Nations. Assistant Secretary-General for 40 years, his ideas about world government, world peace and spirituality led to the increased representation of religions in the UN, especially of New Age Movement. He was known by some as "the philosopher of the United Nations" en.m.wikipedia.org...