New Scientist Life, Apr. 26, 2010

The brain’s power will turn out to derive from data processing within the neuron rather than activity between neurons, suggests University of Cambridge research biologist Brian J. Ford.

“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,” he adds.

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  1. Scientists know that there are two ends of a system with a black hole in the middle that is not fully understood. At one end are place cells and at the other end are grid cells. Grid cells sense boundaries forming a kind of dead-reckoning navigation system in the brain that maps movement and helps in the application of all data we take in. It seems that these individual cells are computers using software that analyzes spatial, temporal and space-time data that recognizes where we are and where they are going at all times.

    I think of it like a corporate structure where each cell (person and department) has been connected to a computer system that contributes to the movement of the entity and where it is going. However, just like the human brain it appears that too much falls into the black hole and no one knows why or how it happens.

    What we need to be concerned about is how the brain connects us to the outside world and how in todays’ world people are far too often disconnected and unaware of movement they are making and what’s going on around them? How many times have you been almost hit by a zombie pushing a shopping cart or driving a car, who was oblivious to what is going on around them? If you wake them up! They are totally unaware that they would have crashed if you have not taken prevented measures.

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