Assertion: The Universe is thinking.
- The Universe is commonly defined as the totality of existence.
- Within the Universe you will find at least one structure known as the human brain.
- In 1644 Rene Descartes used his brain to formulate the now famous cogito ergo sum ("I am thinking, therefore I exist") statement.
- Descartes was a part of the Universe. Ergo, the Universe has had at least 1 thought.
- The process of thinking emerges from the brain's neural activity.
- Neuroscientists are working towards quantifying the actual neural activation patterns that represent thought(s). The synaptic speed limit will probably be found to be at around 2 milliseconds.
- Once that pattern/signature has been identified, we will be able to look at other phenomena in the Universe to determine if they also represent a 'thinking pattern'.
- Candidate phenomenon include (and contrary to popular notions that the brain is 'the most complex object in the Universe'):
- Synapses, neural connections, stars, and atoms in the universe
- TED Video: Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain?
- TED: Alex Wissner-Gross: A New Equation for Intelligence
- Past Brain Activation Revealed in Scans: Brain Activity Patterns Preserve Traces of Previous Cognitive Activity
- Problem-Solving Governs How We Process Sensory Stimuli
- Big Brains Are All in the Genes
- A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
- Consciousness occurs in 'time slices' lasting only milliseconds, study suggests
- Brain study suggests neural networks related to mathematics are different from those used for language
- New tool offers unprecedented insight into brain electrical activity
- Scientists Find the Brain's Missing 'pipes'
- Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome
- What is so special about the human brain?