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How Does the Speed of Thought Compare for Brains and Digital Computers?

Science, Uncategorized, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 13 2008

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well…Psalm 139

“In a prior article about the human brain; “A Single Brain More Poweful Than All Computers Ever Made”, a comparison was made between memory capacity of modern computers and that of the human brain. This article compares the “speed of thought” between the two and –the human brain wins.

These authors mention design a number of times, apparently quite unselfconsciously. We would have to agree that design rather than random, undirected mutation explains why the brain is so fearfully and wonderfully made”….s8int.com

By Naveen Nagarajan and Charles F. Stevens
University of California at San Francisco and The Salk Institute, PO Box 85800,
Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, San Diego California 92138-9216, USA

“In the early part of the 20th century, the Harvard University Observatory employed a small army of women — they were known at the time as girl computers — to identify images of stars on photographic plates and then to record the intensity and location of each identified star.

The job done by these girl computers has long since been taken over by the digital sort. We all know that digital computers are much better than we are at doing arithmetic, but over the past few decades computers have been taking over jobs, like playing chess or recognizing speech or carrying out symbolic mathematical manipulations, that we used to think of as the province of the human brain.

How close are computers, like HAL in the movie 2001, to matching those things that now only our brains can do? Our goal here is to compare the capabilities and speeds of the brain with those of modern-day computers.”

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Source:Current Biology.com