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Kardelen Ergin

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Which one is tougher? Brain or Universe?

Both the brain and the universe is not yet discovered and explained fully. Which one do you think is harder to explain? It is said that the possible connections that the neurons in the brain can make has a larger numerical value than the particles in the universe. Yet also only 4% of the universe consists of matter we can observe, and the rest is full of question marks. Which side are you on? Do you think explaining the brain fully will come sooner or explaining the universe?

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  • May 29 2012: I read all comments on your topic today. Very true that this question is very tough. In order to answer your question I think we need to compare which one is older. As far as scientists state that our universe is 13 billion years old. However how about human beings? 5 billion? 4 billion? I believe that one day we will be able to observer it fully but for now, I think universe is tougher.
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      May 30 2012: Why does age have anything to do with it. You could actually argue the opposite: The universe is a product of relatively simple physics, whereas the brain is the product of billions of years of evolution adding complexity.

      The question that Kardelen asked I think asks for understanding the basic underlying principles that govern 1. the universe and 2. the brain. It seems to me quite likely that the basic principles of the universe are much simpler.

      Maybe it'd be more interesting to have an actual Neuroscientist and an actual Physicist comment on this.

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