The Human Brain: Why do we like it?

Around 100 billion neurons capable of 100 trillion calculations per second in only 1,195 cm3, weighting 1.5 kg, using 20% of our total daily energy along 162,500 km of connected “cables” processing 36,800 trillion bits of information per second. It is 2% of your body’s weight, but requires 20% of your oxygen supply and 20% of your blood flow.

The human brain is a huge calculator. As a matter of fact, the human brain is the most complex computational system ever known.

Computational is used here to describe the functioning of the brain since it deals with information and makes calculations out of it, it differs from computer in its uniqueness: while a computer treats only one information at a time, our brain treats them all together.

Welcome into the human brain.

In this blog the brain will be the center of attention: it will be decorticated, explored, revealed and shown in its uniqueness. Multiple questions will be treated, and many others raised. Questions to be addressed include what exactly the word brain refers to, what it is, how it is working, how such a system evolved, why it is the way it is and why it acts the way it does, how it processes information, what its capabilities are and how to improve them through games and exercises, what its limits are, what consciousness and unconsciousness are…

I have to mention that I am not a neuroscientist, a brain surgeon or a brain specialist, but simply a passionate student, looking for answers by reading academic articles; articles that only those would read whose job, passion or interest lies in neuroscience. Therefore, this blog and the upcoming articles will be summaries and simplifications of complex and immense subjects relating to the brain’s functioning.

Finally I want to apologize for any mistakes, since I am not a native English speaker. I will try my best and I thank you for your patience and understanding.


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