Using Your Brain
How have you been? Sorry I didn’t get to write last week…I was helping out at the church with the kids this past week. It was very busy but very rewarding. All those little minds soaking up information on our Creator, wonderful! So many excellent questions were asked too and we did our best to answer well.
Speaking of minds, I ran across a recent article entitled “Scientists Discover That Our Brain Can Process the World in 11 Dimensions”. Fascinating! I didn’t even know there were 11 dimensions! Listen to this…
“Neuroscientists have used a classic branch of math in a totally new way to peer into the structure of our brains. What they’ve discovered is that the brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures operating in as many as 11 dimensions.
In the past we have thought of the world in 3dimensions; Height, width and depth. However a Swiss research team that is building a supercomputer after the human brain. The team used algebraic topology, “a branch of mathematics used to describe the properties of objects and spaces regardless of how they change shape. They found that groups of neurons connect into ‘cliques’.”1 These cliques in turn, are filled with a number of neurons, and it is these neurons that determine sizes of high-dimensional (more than 3) geometric (the grouping of lines and space) objects. “Lead researcher/neuroscientist Henry Markram from the EPFL institute in Switzerland states, ‘There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to 11 dimensions’…Human brains are estimated to have a staggering 86 billion neurons, with multiple connections from each cell webbing in every possible direction, forming the vast cellular network [of both cliques and cavities-empty spaces]… After developing their mathematical framework and testing it on some virtual
“According to the researchers, algebraic topology provides mathematical tools for discerning details of the neural network both in a close-up view at the level of individual neurons, and a grander scale of the brain structure as a whole. ‘It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building [and] then razing [tearing down] a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc [such as sensory perception, space, time],’ says one of the team, mathematician Ran Levi from Aberdeen University in Scotland…These findings provide a tantalizing new picture of how the brain processes information, but the researchers point out that it’s not yet clear what makes the cliques and cavities form in their highly specific ways.”2
Now, this article does not promote that we only use 10% of our brains, which in fact is not true. “This myth most likely
originated from the craze of the early 19th century, when pseudo-scientists were busily chopping up the brain into overly distinct control sectors. Later, some of the early and very rough experiments in neuroscience involved hooking electrodes up to the brains of test subjects. Stimulating some parts of the brain caused instant, and obvious, physical reactions. But, when the electrodes were applied to other spots, there seemed to be no effect at all. Scientists called these areas ‘the silent cortex.’ By the 1930s, stories of these cranial dead zones had morphed into the oft-repeated ‘factoids’ that quickly became a favorite of advertising writers, self-help salesmen, and paranormal power hucksters—all of whom claimed to have the secret to unlocking that ostensibly unused 90 percent…[However, the real fact is] the ‘silent cortex’ zones that neuroscientists discovered in the 19th century later turned out to be running some very important functions—like language and abstract thought. Personally, we'd rather not live without those, thanks. Modern brain imaging systems clearly show that there aren't any vast swaths of useless cerebral cortex lying around. Although we don't use every part of our brain constantly, we do use just about all of it at some point throughout the course of a given day.”3 For example, do you know of any doctor anywhere telling a patient with a head injury or cancerous brain tumor not to worry because it hit the 90 percent of the brain they don't use? Of course not! “If we only use 10 percent of our brains, we would be able to remove big chunks of the grey stuff and not have it matter much at all. But that isn't the case…Cut out a chunk, and there will be consequences.”4
|This scan clearly shows parts of the brain that are very important that that are not always in use.|
Just like any muscle, if you don’t use that part of your brain, it can atrophy. So go out into God’s beautiful creation this week and do something different. Exercise those little grey cells!
Until next time, God bless and take care,