President Barack Obama today unveiled plans to invest $100 million into research mapping the human brain, this will help development of new technology to record the complex electrical activity of billions of neurons in the brain as they 'communicate.' It may one day lead to decipher the reasons that result in onset of Alzheimer's and epilepsy.
President Obama says it is the 'the next great American project - the BRAIN initiative. If we keep taking bold steps I'm confident America will continue to lead the world into that next frontier of human understanding.'
"Consider the human brain," says physicist Sir Roger Penrose. "If you look at the entire physical cosmos, our brains are a tiny, tiny part of it. But they're the most perfectly organized part. Compared to the complexity of a brain, a galaxy is just an inert lump."
"More Complex Than a Galaxy" --New Insights Into the Enormous Biochemical Complexity of the Human Brain
Imagine 7.5 billion connected galaxies. This is the emergence of 'The Global brain' that will bring the ''Birds of a feather flock together.'' Real unity of mankind will be oneness of consciousness and not through victory of one set of dogma over other.The global interconnectivity is the biggest threat of organised religion and myths of scriptures that create huge injustices by creating divisions between man. Man will look back with a benefit of hindsight at all our holy places and in less than 3 centuries laugh at the notion that in the 21st century 5 billion faithful believed in Gods and prophets.The knowledge open doors and the knowledge at the tips of our fingers will destroy on one else but our demi Gods.
Peter Russell, 'The Global Brain' is always at my bedside from the day I came to know of him. Peter Russell incorporated in me the importance of 'global interconnectivity' to a fascinating extreme and rising global consciousness; I always underscore 'The Internet' era or cyber age similar to the central nervous system of a newly evolved global organism and have drawn parallels between the development of the central nervous system in living organisms and creation of Web communications here on Earth.
I believe that when our connections will reach equal to our 'brain' neural connections of a single brain a critical mass an evolutionary leap to a global brain will occur. The human race will then evolve into a super organism acting as a whole instead of 7-9 billion individuals.
Like human brain individually, a global brain collectively is designed for the making, filtering and conservation of knowledge. The brain seeks explanation; ideal facts; truth. It has the questions that need to be answered. Global brain will bring the ''Birds of a feather flock together.'' Healthier groups lead to healthier filter, and a enhanced filter is a superior brain. This machine is incessantly filtering its own productivity to create a better route for continually filtering its own production. To avoid this 'dark' future portrayed below , please set some time apart for joining the global brain of ideas, don't listen to those who think global networking is a zero sum game, the game has just begun and you better hold your front seats tight.
The similarities between human brain that contains around 84-100 billion neurons, making several hundred trillion interconnections and global emerging internet connectivity is thrilling. The better we understand these emergence of global consciousness and the patterns of global connectivity, the better we will understand our future. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, created the World Wide Web and then most philanthropically gave up the control. He is the biggest benefactor of mankind in this century. With the help of 'www' we've been building a global brain now nearly 5 years old. Our brain is a knowledge filter, in few years 75% of world adult population will be connected, they all will be filtering knowledge an 'idea whose time has come' will be unstoppable. Hemlock givers have no future. Global brain is an information filtration enormous network that tests huge claims on the poise of rationalism , logic and thinking.
This fractal pattern of interconnected nodes is now manifesting in mankind's most transformational invention, 'The Internet.' The Opte Project has mapped out the Universal Mind that's being formed by the myriad connections of the World Wide Web. In Advaita Vedanta philosophy, māyā is the limited, purely physical and mental reality in which our everyday consciousness has become entangled. Māyā is held to be an illusion, a veiling of the true, unitary Self—the Cosmic Spirit also known as Brahman. The concept of māyā was introduced by the ninth-century Hindu philosopher Adi Shankara.
Ceaseless infinite 'Connectivity' brings is a death knell to closed mindedness! The last century was fraught with wars and went through its own destructive evolutionary process of mass bloodshed; we humans realized that nothing is better than peaceful co-existence. A global human consciousness is evolving, we are new humans with greater love. Imagine 7 billion connection approaching near to our neural connectivity of the brain. Our genetic model is based on that. Mankind is a great big orchestra where each man is a conductor playing the symphony of love. It is scripted within all of us. I always say if you want to ignite a fire make sure you have an extinguisher nearby. Don't ignite fires which you cannot handle. Swallow your conceit and co-habit -- that is the way forward for mankind. The good news is we are getting connected!
Humans are starting to realise the virtues of freedom of thought and the wafts of interconnectivity have given hope to mankind at large. It is now dawning on all and sundry that prejudices, nationalistic and ideological differences are all making of a primitive mindset.
The 'Utopian' dream of 'one earth' looks like being recognized, humanity has started thinking in global terms, a world without borders, either we all exist together or we all shall perish. Those who seek destruction are merely peripheral and become footnotes in the annals. 'We Are All Connected.' Life is not about money and more money , it is about ideas, it is about empowerment of others, it is about understanding of who we are and where are we heading. There is only one goal - one EARTH please, with lot of love and comprehensive understanding of physical laws of nature that govern us. The biggest challenge for us now is to transfer this continuing growth and prosperity to the lowest strata of society.
This global brain will in few decades destroy lot of entrenched myths and legends. Yes, we see increased confusion, more diversions but it is the result of interactivity as old theories face their natural process of elimination. Today the grunts we hear are the last sighs of the scriptural legendary stories. To improve this global brain, one needs to contribute their two cents worth, we need to follow refined groups and go behind evolving mental power of united yet diversity prompted consciousness.
What are the intentions of the global brain? The global brain will be the greatest help to bring mankind together, this is ultimate death of distance with the help of our fingertips and our connectivity of minds. Global emergence of a unique consciousness will doom religious dogma as a futile force, Global brain will eliminate prejudices, narrow mindedness and scriptural authority of all kind. It will bring creativity, science scepticism and thinking in fore.
I agree with the President : 'Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race.'