Mysteries Of The Human Brain


More complex than any machine ever invented, The human brain, with its many billions of cells, is the most complex object in the known universe and we have only scratched the surface, thanks to technologies that allow researchers to see inside living brains and examine the human brain functions and the sub-cellular level.

Computers are very powerful indeed and are able to make millions of calculations per second. But the human brain has a lifetime memory capacity up to one hundred trillions bits. The late Joh Von Neumann an information theorist had put that figure at about 280 Quintilian bits. (280,000,000,000,000,000,000).

Computers use a system of communication called the Binary system that uses two basic symbols: Ones and Zeros. Each of these two basic symbols are called bits. It takes a combination of eight bits to represent any one character and every character has its own unique combination called a byte. So for example, the letter A is 01000001. This combination of eight ones and zeros equals eight bits, or one byte and represents the letter A.

The text on a single page of typing takes up about 2 kilobytes or 1024 bytes or characters. A megabyte (1,048,576 bytes or characters) can hold about 500 pages of typing. A gigabyte is 1,073,741,824 bytes and can hold over two thousand 250 page novels. Your brain is capable of processing and storing 70 billion bits of information every second. Or processing seventeen thousand five hundred 250 page novels every second!

That’s a lot and most of us will agree that we have a hard time remembering what we ate for lunch the day prior, or if you are like me,sometimes you get up and go to the fridge to open the door and forget why you came there. The reality is that our subconscious mind is very powerful machine capable of processing and storing as much as 70,000,000,000 bits of information every second of our lives. It may seem as though we forget most of that information but the fact is that it is forgotten only to our conscious minds.

All of the information that has been fed into our minds is safely stored away and is inaccessible to us at this time. Only in rare cases, and even then only in a minute amounts has the hidden power in our minds been unleashed.

Scientists are continually working to gather information in order to better understand the hidden power within each of us, and how to access it.

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