When we say "I'm loosing my mind" or "You're on my mind," are we referring to our brain space? Is "brain" the same thing as "mind"? Let's breakdown our brain and mind functions and see what we mean by "mind" or "brain."
Our mind does 4 things regardless of who you are, where you live, what religion you believe, how old you are, what skin color you are:
1) Human brain is only 20,000 years old and it does all it can to keep you alive on the planet by avoiding pain and danger as much as possible.
2) It does exactly what it thinks you want it to do.
3) It responds better to the feelings of words and images you tell it.
4) It drives you towards what's familiar and away from what's unfamiliar.
Human body embodies approximately 37-50 Trillions cells with over 200 different types of cells, each cell contains Nucleus, which contains chromosomes, and each chromosomes carry DNAs with 22-23 segments, and each DNA carries 20-25K genes. We have over 2 Million DNAs in our body but we only get to activated less than 1% of them in our lifetime. Our brain is consisted of over 170 Billion cells and approximately 86-100 Billion neurons that never stop moving and firing.
The average human brain has about 86 billion neurons(or nerve cells) and many more neuroglia (or glial cells) which serve to support and protect the neurons (although see the end of this page for more information on glial cells). Each neuron may be connected to up to 10,000 other neurons, passing signals to each other via as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections, equivalent by some estimates to a computer with a 1 trillion bit per second processor. Estimates of the human brain’s memory capacity vary wildly from 1 to 1,000 terabytes (for comparison, the 19 million volumes in the US Library of Congress represents about 10 terabytes of data).
Information transmission within the brain, such as takes place during the processes of memory encoding and retrieval, is achieved using a combination of chemicals and electricity. It is a very complex process involving a variety of interrelated steps, but a quick overview can be given here.
A typical neuron possesses a soma (the bulbous cell body which contains the cell nucleus), dendrites (long, feathery filaments attached to the cell body in a complex branching “dendritic tree”) and a single axon (a special, extra-long, branched cellular filament, which maybe thousands of times the length of the soma).
Every neuron maintains a voltage gradient across its membrane, due to metabolically-driven differences in ions of sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium within the cell, each of which has a different charge. If the voltage changes significantly, an electrochemical pulse called an action potential (or nerve impulse) is generated. This electrical activity can be measured and displayed as a waveform called brain wave or brain rhythm.
This pulse travels rapidly along the cell’s axon and is transferred across a specialized connection known as a synapse to a neighbouring neuron, which receives it through its feathery dendrites. A synapse is a complex membrane junction or gap (the actual gap, also known as the synaptic cleft, is of the order of 20 nanometres, or 20 millionths of a millimetre) used to transmit signals between cells, and this transfer is therefore known as a synaptic connection. Although axon-dendrite synaptic connections are the norm, other variations (e.g. dendrite-dendrite, axon-axon, dendrite-axon) are also possible. A typical neuron fires 5 – 50 times every second.
During childhood, and particularly during adolescence, a process is known as “synaptic pruning” occurs. Although the brain continues to grow and develop, the overall number of neurons and synapses are reduced by up to 50%, removing unnecessary neuronal structures and allowing them to be replaced by more complex and efficient structures, more suited to the demands of adulthood.
We can scientifically understand the network of intelligence of our brain. Also, it is incredibly fascinating that we don't control the function of the brain, however, has significant control of our brain. The next question is "Are we controlling our mind?"
Today, you can find profound, new information about our brain; the scientists are confirming that our feelings and thoughts vibrate magnetic charges in the quantum field which produces electrical charges, and the electrical charges are the crucial factor to explain further on our brain and mind functions as well.
Still, the human mind system remains om a mystery box as no humans have seen the mind visually. No one has seen the mind programming, system therefore it remains as a theory, speculation, imagination, or metaphoric part of human beings but not in the reality.
In the future blog, I'll share how I see the human mind system to better understand who we are, and how we can use this tool to transform our lives in this lifetime.