The human brain is amazing! Our brain is an advanced super computer that is more efficient, and possesses more raw computational power than the most impressive supercomputers that have ever been built.
A groundbreaking discovery begins to reveal the brain’s deepest architectural secrets and it’s clear that our brain is even more advanced than we could ever imagine. Scientists have discovered a multi-dimensional universe in brain network. There are structures in the brain with up to eleven dimensions!
If we could access higher dimensions we could see all past, present and future events appear before our eyes simultaneously.
The superstring theory, one of the leading theories today has the potential to will unlock one of the biggest mysteries of the universe, namely how gravity and quantum physics fit together. The superstring theory contends that there are 10 dimensions.
This new discovery shows there is so much more we don’t know yet about our brain’s capabilities.
Researchers from the Blue Brain Project have used algebraic topology in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience.
“We found a world that we had never imagined,” says neuroscientist Henry Markram, director of Blue Brain Project and professor at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, “there are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to eleven dimensions.”
Markram suggests this may explain why it has been so hard to understand the brain. “The mathematics usually applied to study networks cannot detect the high-dimensional structures and spaces that we now see clearly.”
It’s very difficult for us to understand there are worlds beyond our 3-dimensional view of the environment. If 4D worlds stretch our imagination, worlds with 5, 6 or more dimensions are too complex for most of us to comprehend.
This is where algebraic topology comes in: a branch of mathematics that can describe systems with any number of dimensions. The mathematicians who brought algebraic topology to the study of brain networks in the Blue Brain Project were Kathryn Hess from EPFL and Ran Levi from Aberdeen University.
“Algebraic topology is like a telescope and microscope at the same time. It can zoom into networks to find hidden structures – the trees in the forest – and see the empty spaces – the clearings – all at the same time,” explains Hess.
Running multiple tests on virtual brain tissue, scientists could show the multi-dimensional brain structures discovered could never be produced by chance.
“The appearance of high-dimensional cavities when the brain is processing information means that the neurons in the network react to stimuli in an extremely organized manner,” says Levi. “It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building then razing a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc. The progression of activity through the brain resembles a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materializes out of the sand and then disintegrates.”
The big question these researchers are asking now is whether the intricacy of tasks we can perform depends on the complexity of the multi-dimensional “sandcastles” the brain can build. Neuroscience has also been struggling to find where the brain stores its memories. “They may be ‘hiding’ in high-dimensional cavities,” Markram speculates.
So, there is no doubt the human brain is very complex, just like supercomputer. We have not yet found a way to unlock all of incredible brain’s capabilities.
But if we have a multi-dimensional universe in our brain network, it means we could access higher dimensions!