Your Human Brain Is Like A Super-Computing Hurricane

Is your brain a computer?  Many comparisons are made that our brains are computers, and the software that runs creates our minds. 

This is simplistic.  It is partially true.

What are some of the similarities?

  1. Avoiding the bad spots: Computers can have memory errors, and automatically not use those areas, and the brain does the same.
  2. Self-direction: Computer programs can grow smarter, and ‘decide’ how to morph and change.  The human brain is designed to have lifelong learning, which is self-directed.  We decide what we want to do.

But what are some of the differences?

  1. Physical healing: A computer or even a robot cannot mechanically repair its broken memory circuits.  A human brain creates new neurons, and also new connections between neurons, which effectively rewires the brain.  This is a limited ability, but is more than a non-moving computer can do.
  2. Controlling Your Situation: A computer has limited control over its operating environment (internal and external).  Our human brains control our bodies, which means we can control what we feed our brains which affect its operations (think caffeine, sugar, etc.), and control the stimulus our brains receive (or don’t receive, such as wearing ear plugs, or a raincoat in a storm).

And what’s this about a hurricane?  It speaks to the power and dynamism of the mind.  Whether walking on a sandy beach thinking about life, or rushing to get to an appointment on time, we are always moving, growing, and interacting.

The potential of a hurricane to do harm is balanced by the interactions it has, similar to the social interactions we have.

Harnessing the power of your brain’s hurricane is natural.  The electrical impulses are all on roadmaps – your memories, habits, and processes – which usually pulse in continuous activity.

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