The human brain looks suspiciously like the universe and that’s freaking me out!

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The human brain looks like the Universe.

When you compare the neurons in the human brain to the cosmic web of galaxies, they look suspiciously the same…

And when scientists compare the two structures numerically, the similarities become even more astounding, as if we were all living in one big simulation after all. And that freaks me out!

Why does the brain ressemble the universe?

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New research show that the human brain and the Universe look similar and behave similarly. Picture via FrontierIn

Both brain and universe are complex networks of nerons and galaxies, respectively.

There are nearly 100 billion neurons that form 100 trillion neural connections in the human brain interconnected into a hierarchical network of nodes, filaments, and neural clusters.

Similarly, the observable universe contains about 100 billion galaxies, forming a cosmic web of string-like filaments composed of ordinary and dark matter.

The resulting image looks strikingly similar to a network of neurons.

The scientists explain in their new paper:

Although the relevant physical interactions in the above two systems are completely different, their observation through microscopic and telescopic techniques have captured a tantalizing similar morphology, to the point that it has often been noted that the cosmic web and the web of neurons look alike.

The scientists then analysed the two systems quantitatively, using a method called power spectrum analysis.

Results show: “… 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.

The scientists also compared the average number of connections per node and how these nodes clustered together.

And the results are also surprising:

Once again, structural parameters have identified unexpected agreement levels. 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.

I find it rather baffling and impressive that the cosmic web of our visible universe may have more in common with the network of neurons in your brain than its individual galaxies and stars. More stange science news on Frontiers in, Phys, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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  1. What is so baffling about this? The same God created both us and the universe. When you begin to understand the greatness of God, you are impressed by His handiwork, but you are not shocked that His Creation is beyond comprehension.

    • Then why won’t a being so supreme and magnificent and desiring of a personal connection to his creation provide supporting evidence to encourage those relationship- why would such a being use something as feeble and relative to every individuals unique interpretation as ‘faith’…
      I dont think its any coincidence that the similarities are so striking but I do think that, to attribute all that to a faceless, mysterious, elusive being of ultimate power and infinite wisdom (yet only seems to operate in things which are inherently vague or obfuscated or intricately individualized relatively) is negligently short-sighted and lazy of our species… Im not saying he does or does not exist- im only saying that the subject is a “low-hanging fruit” catch-all for what we, quite simply, can’t just admit as an unknown… we’re so dreadful of unknowns that we will label these unknown by some wild guess as to what they are/do (at best), then tuck it away as a subcategory under a massive be-all end-all category that is astronomically more complex as an unknown… but if we know its an unknown we can place it there, to soothe our precious little existentially fearful filled heads instead of being mature about it and saying, “you know what, we haven’t the slightest” – as if doing that is admission of weakness or inferiority or vulnerability rather than an honest, human, nonagenda directed, response to foster healthy open and wide ranging discussion…. and to be his greatest creation,, we’re pretty freaking imbecilic…

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