Definitions Better Than Webster’s: The Brain

“The brain is capable of millions of different things, and people really should learn how incredible they are, and how incredible their minds actually are. Not only do we have this unbelievable thing within our heads that can do so many things for us and can help us learn, but it can change and adapt, and it can make us into something better than what we are. It can help us to transcend ourselves.

And there may be some way that it can actually take us to a higher level of our existence, where we can understand the world and our relationship to things and people in a deeper way, and we can ultimately make more meaning for ourselves and our world. There’s a spiritual part of our brain; it’s a part that we all can have access to; it’s something we can all do.

The brain is at least 1,000 times faster than the fastest supercomputer in the world.

The brain contains as many neurons as there are stars in the Milky Way- about 100 billion.

Number of synapses in the cerebral cortex= 60 trillion.

A sand-grain sized piece of a brain contains 100,000 neurons and a billion synapses.

The brain is always “on”- it never turns off, or even rests throughout our entire life.

The brain continually rewires itself throughout life.”. -From, “What The Bleep Do We Know!?”

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