The complexity of the human mind

As a biologist well aware of the complexity of the natural world, I had to really be sold on the idea that the human mind is unique in its complexity and capability. Are we really that special?

It turns out, we are. Aided in part by sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson and his books, and by the breakout book World Wind Mind (http://www.amazon.com/World-Wide-Mind-Integration-Humanity/dp/1439119147), I came to understand just how amazing our brains are, and can be. In the latter book, the author makes the statement that our brains are the most complex thing in the universe (we have more neural connections in our single brain than the number of known elementary particles in existence in the universe). The potential variety in how each brain can be arrayed is simply astounding.

With these brains of ours, we can learn, remember, and conceive virtually any thought, especially as we practice growing and enforcing our neural pathways. We can also train ourselves to be nothing more than we need to be, existing essentially as efficient programs operating within routine. The challenge is to grant realization to any brain of its amazing capacity– and to prevent the false perception of limitation from crippling as many minds as possible.

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