The secrets of the brain

The brain has only a small amount of power, and it’s more powerful than any supercomputer.

Imagine a computer and a brain. The number of elements in the brain is 100 billion neurons. To describe the interaction between them, we need the amount of computer memory comparable to the number of particles in the visible universe. At the same time, the speed of information dissemination in the brain is only 1400 m per second. In the computer it is actually the speed of light. And, by the way, the brain works on energy comparable in power to that given by a car battery. I will notice that in powerful computers only tens kilowatts are spent for cooling. But its efficiency is immeasurably higher than that of any of the currently known supercomputers… How can neurons be organized with such slow brain operation? Why is its efficiency still far superior to that of computers? We can’t imagine how this happens in terms of the laws of physics.

It is believed that people uses only 10, 15 or 20% of the brain’s capabilities. Let’s imagine that in the XIX century. researchers of the human brain landed on an uncharted shore and gradually began to explore the terrain: gradually moved into the interior of the continent, paved roads, developed the land, built bridges, bypassed the mountains. As a result, they developed a rather small territory, say, a peninsula, and the rest of the land remained unknown to them. This is still the case today: figuratively speaking, we still do not have any satellites or planes, and we do not even know how big our mainland is.

The brain works well in a stable environment. When the emerging instability is contained, it perfectly aligns them. But there are situations when nothing will help. For example, there are effects against which the brain is powerless: if you inject certain substances into the body, such as psychotropic, narcotic, resistance is almost impossible. There are legends about scouts willpower, who were silent under any torture. But after treatment with special psychotropic drugs a person loses his will and answers any question.

Creativity is probably the only activity that activates the whole brain. For example, when you’re just having a conversation, the brain area near the temple is used, and when you’re listening to speech, the area behind you is just a little bit. This does not happen when you create it, because you do not know what resources will be needed to solve the problem. Strange as it may seem, the same neurons participate in the process of thinking, in the performance of some actions, and in the control over the functions of internal organs.

You shouldn’t overestimate the role of the perfect in the work of the brain. From here, there are myths about its superpowers and hidden reserves – they say that a person in normal life allegedly involves only a small fraction of what is actually within his power. Who, for example, has not heard the story of a pedestrian, who, fleeing from the dog, climbed over a three-meter wall, although never before or after could not climb even through the one-meter … There are plenty of variations on this topic. At the end it is usually concluded that each of us has a lot of unrealized opportunities, and if we could learn to use them… Well, it is not difficult. Inject a horse dose of doping into your body and be brave. Most likely, you will die at the second test…

Such ideas are similar to the myth of conquering nature. Yes, the body has reserves. But that’s why they have reserves, which are reserved for rare, really extreme cases. A person can do a lot, but not everything – at the same time for the achievements have to pay, sometimes too high a price…

Unfortunately, with a quantitative increase in the number of brains, a qualitative change does not occur. It’s just that more and more blind people are gathering to feel the elephant.
Brainstorming works, but in the case of brain research, it has not yet yielded any important results. Maybe because we can’t ask the right questions to the brain. Who knows?

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