APR 18, 2018 06:09 AM PDT

Digital or Analog?

3 3 397

The brain is frequently compared to a computer. Indeed, research shows that the mind is faster and more powerful than any computer that currently, exists. With billions of neurons, synapses and electrical signals flying around, it's a body part that isn't likely to ever be entirely recreated artificially. A philosophy professor at the University of Kansas has received a National Science Foundation Scholar Award to research a book on how the neural processes in the brain might be more analog than digital. Corey Maley, received the grant of $155, 121 that he will use to travel to conferences and science meetings to speak with researchers, other philosophers and even mathematicians and physicists on whether or not the brain is analog or digital.

Digital computers are binary, a system of 1s and 0s that make code. The brain is similar, with voltage spikes that ebb and flow, but in the brain, there is more variation in these spikes. It's not just on or off, as a binary or digital system works. Maney believes that the brain is more like the original analog computers. While those have fallen by the wayside, the way the brain works is quite similar to how computations are done on analog computers. While philosophy and neuroscience don't often overlap, understanding how the brain works is essential to treating brain injury or illness, so in this way, looking at it philosophically could advance our understanding of the brain.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUL 23, 2018
Videos
JUL 23, 2018
This is Your Brain on Yoga
Yoga is a great way to keep muscles strong, joints flexible and stress levels low.Many studies tout the benefits of yoga for relieving pain, improving rang
JUL 24, 2018
Videos
JUL 24, 2018
Measles are on the Move
Measles is a highly contagious disease that used to be common in young children. Due to the development of vaccines, however, it’s been almost eradic
JUL 30, 2018
Videos
JUL 30, 2018
Identifying Symptoms of a Heat Stroke
A heat stroke is when the body loses its ability to cool itself and the body’s core temperature becomes dangerously high. For some individuals, a hea
AUG 09, 2018
Videos
AUG 09, 2018
History of Cannabis
The video above explains a brief overview on the history of cannabis and how the federal government, the states, and the general public have all made an im
AUG 10, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
AUG 10, 2018
The Chemistry in Yellowstone's Deadly Hot Springs
The Yellowstone National Park is famous for its geysers and the hydrothermal system otherwise known as the hot springs. But such spectacular landscape hide
AUG 13, 2018
Videos
AUG 13, 2018
Some Ways of Healing the Brain Actually Damage It
Fixing the body usually involves “doing no harm” since that is part of the Hippocratic Oath doctors take. However, to repair the brain, sometim
Loading Comments...