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Why does the brain put far more out than what powers it?
Posted 25 July 2020 - 12:46 AM
Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:09 AM
It works by breaking the brain down and realizing that a lot of the "magic" isn't magic but billions of years' worth of fine tuning.
I've said before that imagination is really experience + abstraction + prediction. You experience something, and then your brain can twist it a bit and then predict what that final output would look like. This includes concepts and mathematics. As far as we know, most creatures can do the experience and prediction part; we just don't know if nonhumans can make experiences abstract in their heads. I don't see why they couldn't. It's a useful feature to have when you're trying to survive in the wild. The "magic" of human brains comes from taking those basic traits and pumping them into overdrive.
Of course, the real point to care about is the experiencing part. I've heard that the brain is a hypercompressor; something like the human body sends 11 megabits per second to the brain for processing, yet the conscious mind can only process 50 bits per second. Think about that: at any one moment, you're really only "experiencing" about 50 bits' worth of data, despite the fact that you're really taking in much, much more.
And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.
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