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Our brains contain 11-dimensional structures

June 13, 2017 | Comment icon 39 comments



The inner workings of the human brain are an enigma. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason
New research has revealed that the human brain is a lot more complex than anyone had ever imagined.
The exact way in which our brains provide the capacity for thought and consciousness has long remained one of the most fundamental unsolved mysteries in science.

The most complex object in the known universe, the brain is estimated to contain up to 86 billion neurons that are connected together to form the vast cellular networks that enable us to think.

Now neuroscientists from the Blue Brain Project in Switzerland have revealed that the structure of the human brain is in fact so complex that it isn't even limited to three dimensions.
"We found a world that we had never imagined," said lead researcher Henry Markram.

"There are tens of millions of [neuron groups] even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to 11 dimensions."

Exactly how these 11-dimensional structures work to generate conscious awareness however remains unclear. It may even be possible that the three-dimensional limitations of our own awareness may be a factor in preventing us from ever truly comprehending the answer.

When it comes to understanding the human brain, we've barely even begun to scratch the surface.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (39)


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Comment icon #30 Posted by Harte 5 years ago
A car operates as if were 4-dimensional too, since its parts wear down. Same for your anatomy. Harte
Comment icon #31 Posted by Harte 5 years ago
The argument here is one of notation only. Decimal notation has its limits, but so does fraction notation. The integer you're talking about here is easily expressed as an integer in fraction notation. But decimal notation allows us to express irrationals much more easily. At least in approximation. Harte
Comment icon #32 Posted by Derek Willis 5 years ago
That is what I was referring to in my first post, i.e. when 1/3 is expressed as a decimal. We are going round in circles here (which brings us back to pi!)
Comment icon #33 Posted by sepulchrave 5 years ago
Can you provide more info? (Are you talking about phase space?) Actually, 0.99999.... is exactly equal to 1. (As usual, check the wiki.)
Comment icon #34 Posted by Derek Willis 5 years ago
Sep, are you really sure of that? https://hiizuru.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/0-999-does-not-equal-1/
Comment icon #35 Posted by Harte 5 years ago
From your link: Pretty much what I said earlier. Harte
Comment icon #36 Posted by sepulchrave 5 years ago
Just to add to what Harte said, yes, for all reasonable intents and purposes I am sure of it. I don't see much use in the hyperreal number system other than as an abstract way for mathematicians with too much time on their hands to ``rigourize'' things that nobody else has a problem with (i.e. integral and derivative calculus). The argument that 0.9999.... = 1 can be succinctly stated as: Two numbers x and z are equal if there is no other number y such that x y z (or z y x). That is an argument that is hard to refute (in my opinion, anyway), and even in the hyperreal number system one cann... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Derek Willis 5 years ago
Harte quoted the sentence I was most interested in - i.e. "Which answer is 'right' just depends on which type of math you are more comfortable with." Many decades and much beer has been drunk since I last studied maths (I'm British, so I add the 's'!). I do however have a vague recollection of being shown a proof that went along the lines of demonstrating firstly, and using the Peano Postulates, that 1 - 0.9 = 0.1. Then through the use of series it is shown that 1 - 0.999 ... can only equal 0 if the series is given an arbitrary limit. The inference from this is that 0.999... can only equal 1 w... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by NightScreams 5 years ago
So does this leave us with a possibility in the far future to create structures of intelligence, structures that react to stimuli? Imagine a plane that can react on it's own accord to the environment or at least use that reaction to control another mechanical object such as a plane.    
Comment icon #39 Posted by Tsurugi 5 years ago
My brain goes all the way to eleven   Sorry. Could not resist. 


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