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What a Computer Does the Brain (and Body) Does Too…

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 43yrs • M •
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What a Computer Does the Brain (and Body) Does Too…
You've probably had this thought, and I've had it many times…
That is that the brain is much like a computer…
I was thinking about it recently and was thinking about all the different controls we may have in common with computers…
One thing of note is that at the moment, the brain can do some things a lot quicker than the computer, but other things the computer is much quicker at…
This entry was mostly inspired by the idea of write protect / write enable functions of disks, which may have a counter-part in the brain (and body)…

I'll list as many as I can now. Perhaps, if I have left anything out, you can add it to this thread… And if I've incorrectly associated a brain part with the computer part, please correct me…
And also I apologise for being broad in some of the associations I make and those that are a bit cloudy… I didn't want to spend forever making everything really, really accurate…
In brackets I've put the counter-part within the human body…

So you've got keyboard including ‘speed keys' (various body parts, and preferred neural pathways), display, little lights and speakers (perception), you've got disk-space (the storage area of the brain cells), on/off switches (choice, movement), write protect / write enable (safety measures and free speech), specialised ports and plugs (neural connections), volume and sound controls (inner voice, sound memory, and speech), screen controls (eye and visual memory controls), ROM and RAM (various types of memory), various electrical circuity (including transformers, Diode, Capacitator, Inductor, resistor, voltage source, and various types of electric gates) (too many combinations to say but would include the backbone of various types of mental imagery and processing, etc.), CPU (Corpus Collosum?), Battery Power (digestive system, etc. feeder of energy in blood stream etc.), Parity Bits (Error Detection), Video and Sound Cards (visual and auditory areas), mouse/joystick (again various body/brain parts), disks (one-sided and double-sided) and jump drives (neurotransmitters), cooling fan (various fluids), parts-casing and outer-casing (skins and other tissues), eject buttons (excretion and secretion), part-placement organisation (genetic development), parts branding (identities), printers (cell growth and activation), scanners (sensory action and cell/neurotransmitter reception), microphones (sound and mental voice reception), vibrations from parts movement (inner vibrations of body and brain parts), passwords and virus protection software etc. (believe it or not mental encoding that does much the same, as in they respond to the unique code of the user), various software (a little to broad to say, but would include programs for the senses, thought, body movement, cell production)…

There's probably more than that to it, but there's more than enough there to start the ball rolling…

If anyone has seen this kind of idea before, please post a link, or post a response…

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 48yrs • F •
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Cognitive psychologists have been using this computer metaphor to look at the workings of the mind for a long time. There are many similarities I believe , memory being the main one. You can look at the brain at a functional level i.e what it does and at a processing level, how the mind does what it does, in terms of the different areas of the brain responsible for different processing, e.g. premotor cortex, primary visual cortex, primaryauditory cortex, etc. But I think you can only take the computer analogy so far. Does a computer dream? Or have personal revelations? This computer analogy to me seems very cold and mechanical, where is the soul in all of this?

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 43yrs • M •
A CTL of 1 means that Black Gold is a contributing member of Captain Cynic.
I think you're right that the computer analogy only goes so far...
However, of note is, that the brain can do almost anything a computer can do. But, the computers, as yet, cannot do everything the brain can.
Maybe one day!
I think it'd be interesting to have a computer to say "I am happy today!", though I don't know exactly why...

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