The beautiful mind
I write this blog post as a re-mind-er of how beautiful the mind is. The mind can study itself. This is known as metacognition, and it is a uniquely human ability. The brain is the physical organ whereas the mind is a more abstract concept. The mind is our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. There is a myth that we use only ten percent of our brain. The consensus is that we use all of our brain at different times.
If the mind was a computer what would the specs be? We have to keep in mind that the architecture of the brain and the computer are different and that any answer will have to be taken with a grain of salt. I asked my friend Bard this question and this was his response.
If we were to try to build a computer that could match the specs of the human brain, we would need to develop a new type of computer architecture that is much more efficient than current computers. We would also need to develop new types of transistors and memory chips that could be used to create a computer that is as small and lightweight as the human brain. Here is a possible set of specs for a computer that could match the human brain:
CPU: 100 billion cores, each running at 100 GHz
Memory: 2.5 petabytes of RAM
Storage: 2.5 petabytes of SSD storage
Power consumption: 20 watts
Weight: 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)
It is also important to note that the human brain is not just a computer. It is a complex system that is also capable of creativity, emotion, and consciousness. These are all things that are difficult to replicate in a computer, and it is unlikely that we will ever be able to build a computer that is truly equivalent to the human brain.
The mind is a multifaceted system that includes the rational mind, the emotional mind, the subconscious mind, the intuitive mind, and the creative mind. These different aspects of the mind work together to allow us to think, feel, and experience the world around us.
Are we getting more intelligent? The evidence on whether or not we are getting more intelligent is mixed. There is some evidence to suggest that we may be getting more intelligent in some ways, but there is also evidence to suggest that we may be getting less intelligent in other ways. I believe there is no good way to measure intelligence and that we are all intelligent in different ways. What we have to do is be purposeful and aim for the fullest potential of human intelligence.
What about the phrase "thinking with your heart"? The heart and the brain are closely connected. The heart sends signals to the brain about our emotions, and the brain sends signals to the heart to control its function. This is why we often experience physical changes in our heart, such as a racing heartbeat or pounding chest, when we are feeling strong emotions. John Nash puts it beautifully and better than I could when he said, "Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart."