I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the operation of the brain over the last few months. It blows my mind on a day to day basis that a complex network of neurons provides us with the faculties to perceive the world around us, to analyze our existence, to love, laugh, and lament all in a single thought. Nonetheless it all comes back down to interconnected neurons receiving impulses from our five senses, our I/O interface with the universe around us. Where does the soul reside then, if we do in fact have one? What happens when those neurons fire their last impulse and the world goes white around us? I have my theories, and I’ll attempt to explain some here.
I’ve been having a discussion on the great milenko for a bit now on the brain and it’s complexity. It’s a fascinating topic, but first some basic facts:
There are 100 billion (or so) neurons in an average human brain. Each one of these neurons is connected to up to 10,000 other neurons. This gives our human brains around 1 quadrillion (1 thousand trillion!) connections – more than there are stars in this universe! That’s a lot of connections, and although we still don’t know how these connections form our consciousness, our emotions, our memories or personalities, we do know that they physically exist and they are the root of our existence. Somehow the brain takes impulses from our five senses, processes them and stores the relevant information while discarding all the rest. Think about how much visual information your brain takes in at any given time, and think about how much you remember. So much useless information is discarded – I guess you could call it information pollution. 🙂 However our brains are smart enough to sift through the garbage. There’s intelligence at work at so many levels there people! But I digress.
So basically our identities (you could say souls) reside in a complex pattern of interconnected neurons. This structure is what defines who we are, and each structure is unique in this world. However we live in an infintely sized universe, probably one of an infinite number of universes. Infinity squared! 😛 With the infinite nature of existence there is an infinite number of possibilities for nature to create life in some form or another, and herein lies what I believe is the truism of reincarnation – that complex pattern of connections is bound to manifest itself in some form another again and again for all ‘time’. Be it amidst interconnected roots of some alien rainforest to the complex interactions of noble gases on a Jovian type planet, the pattern of complexity that defines who you are will manifest itself repeatedly. In essence, your individuality is nothing but a pattern, but a pattern that has always existed and will always exist.
Now that there is some crazy-ass talk, but you know what? It helps me sleep better at night. I believe that I have always existed and will always exist, in some form or another. It is kind of comforting if you think about it. Whether it’s true or not, well of that I’m not certain. I have no way to really test my theories, but I can’t help but blurt them out anyways. I’d love to be proven wrong, and anybody is welcome to do so in the comments section or if they’re really ambitious – I do have some forums set up. Although they were narcissistically set up to discuss my thoughts, I’d love to use them to debate my theories as well. 😉