“Estimates vary wildly, since of course, no-one has counted them all, but there are some 100 billion separate nerve cells in the human brain - which is, by strange coincidence, around the same number as there are thought to be galaxies in the Universe. But this number, however awesome, doesn’t begin to capture the almost miraculous complexity of the human nervous system.” Nerve Signalling: Tracing the Wiring of Life Farndon, J “The concept of time is fundamental to our existence but we rarely think about it in terms of the brain. But the relationship of time to the brain is a topic of deep fascination.” The Ninth International Conference on Neuroesthetics; Time and Timing in the Brain. “Recent advances in human neuroimaging have shown that it is possible to accurately read out a person’s conscious experience based only on non-invasive fMRI measurements of their brain activity. This “brain reading” is possible because each thought is associated with a unique pattern of brain activity that can serve as a “fingerprint” of this thought in the brain. By training a computer to recognize these fMRI “thought patterns” it is possible to read out what someone is currently thinking with high accuracy.” The transparent mind: Reading thoughts from human brain activity. Haynes, J. Walnut/brain Image by Magnolia Bradway.
Published on Apr 13, 2011