The Amazing Power of the Brain

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The Amazing power of the Brain is in the interconnected net of cells that makes up our three-pound control center. The basic functional unit of this control center is the neuron, a special cell that sends electrochemical signals to other neurons (across a “synaptic gap”) and thereby creates those patterns that make up what we think of as the mind.

There is something almost magical in the notion that all our mental processes, from perception to memory to consciousness itself, can be described entirely by cellular activity in the brain. The complexity of the task of being human requires a fairly inconceivable 100 billion neurons, interconnected via trillions of synapses. A single firing neuron might communicate to thousands of others in a single moment. No computer comes close to the complexity of these communicating bits of organic matter…

A short clip about the ‘miracle’ in the human brain:

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