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The universe is like a giant human brain

Posted on Wednesday, 18 November, 2020 | Comment icon 17 comments

Could the universe itself be conscious ? Image Credit: NASA/ESA/ESO
A new study has noted the striking structural similarities between the universe and the brain inside our heads.
According to two researchers - an astrophysicist and neurosurgeon from the Universities of Bologna and Verona - while it is obvious that the scale is different when comparing the universe to the human brain, there are actually striking similarities between the two.

The universe is made up of galaxies, while the brain is made up of neuronal cells. In both cases, there are many tens of billions of each and they are connected together by long filaments and nodes to form a vast, complex web or network.

In addition, these threads make up only around 30% of the mass in each case - with the other 70% being made up of water in the brain and dark energy in the cosmos.

"We calculated the spectral density of both systems," said astrophysicist Franco Vazza from the University of Bologna. "This is a technique often employed in cosmology for studying the spatial distribution of galaxies."
"Our analysis showed that the distribution of the fluctuation within the cerebellum neuronal network on a scale from 1 micrometer to 0.1 millimeters follows the same progression of the distribution of matter in the cosmic web but, of course, on a larger scale that goes from 5 million to 500 million light-years."

So if the universe really does have a similar structure to the human brain, could that tell us something about the nature of consciousness ? Could the universe itself be conscious in some way ?

"Probably, the connectivity within the two networks evolves following similar physical principles, despite the striking and obvious difference between the physical powers regulating galaxies and neurons," said study co-author and neurosurgeon Alberto Feletti.

Source: Independent | Comments (17)

Tags: Universe, Brain

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Tom1200 on 19 November, 2020, 9:02
All the funding went on proper, useful projects: Mass-distribution Clusters in Galactic Cores - why do they resemble vomit splatters on the pavement?  (Dave & Tel, Dog & Duck Department, University of Croydon) How fast must a car drive to confuse police speed guns?  (Stephen "Billy Boy" Stevens & Marnie, Lynched Liverpudlian Department, University of Croydon) You know on food packages where it says "not suitable for home freezing"?  Sez who?  (Sailor Stu & Welshcake, Splintered Sphincter Department, University of Croydon) If a body falls in a forest with no one to hear - who's ... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Tom1200 on 19 November, 2020, 9:03
   I need to delete this post...
Comment icon #10 Posted by toast on 19 November, 2020, 9:28
Go ahead.
Comment icon #11 Posted by dreamer screamer on 19 November, 2020, 15:49
I bet that brain is worth zillions and ziollions of £ pounds.   No wonder why no aliens will come here, we haven't got enough money for them to accept our offers.  They aint coming here for nothing less than zillions of pounds.  I guess we need to work harder and create as much money as possible so we finally get to meet our neighbours.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by PsiSeeker on 19 November, 2020, 20:50
Perhaps not too surprising.  One expects thing to look a certain way, perhaps, at a particular level of resolution and complexity.  The average size in the universe is the width of a piece of paper.  Scale this up a bit to a human brain for complexity and then cater in for a few orders of magnitude for size and you might get two resolution scales that look kind of the same.  Electromagnetism is probably the primary force acting in the human brain, that and the van der waals force.  Could gravity mimic electromagnetism at gigantic scales?  This comes back to a centralising important inquisition... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Only_ on 19 November, 2020, 22:00
As above, so below. The ancients knew the Law of Correspondence all along, we are only rediscovering it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Twin on 20 November, 2020, 20:23
I hope our guy doesn't do acid.
Comment icon #15 Posted by fred_mc on 21 November, 2020, 12:02
It doesn't seem like a new discovery. I read about this already years ago.
Comment icon #16 Posted by NCC1701 on 23 November, 2020, 22:38
It will be a slow brain then, as signals take trillions of years to reach the other side of the brain.
Comment icon #17 Posted by XenoFish on 24 November, 2020, 0:44
That depends on perspect, slow to us, fast to it. 

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