For years, humans and the universe have existed together, but have you ever pondered your position within this great expanse?
Humans are a tiny part of the bigger picture. We share our world with friends, family, and strangers—not even to mention the lush fauna and flora on this planet we call home.
If we zoom out even more, we see Earth as a part of the solar system, a galaxy, and the never-ending cosmos. It makes a person feel small, and you realize you belong to something much bigger. However, you are still unique and have an important role to play.
What’s interesting about the universe is that you can find patterns everywhere as long as you are willing to search for them for some time.
A spiral is present in both the galaxy and the cochlea inside the ear. Similarly, the different branches of lightning have a similar structure to veins.
These kinds of revelations inspire researchers worldwide to look for even more similarities within nature, specifically between the universe and humans.
Franco Vazza is an astrophysicist working in Bologna, Italy, while Alberto Feletti, a neurosurgeon, practices in Verona. These two researchers and scientists decided to team up and do an in-depth study on the human brain and galaxies.
Vazza and Feletti already knew there had to be similarities based on previous research. They spent years doing the research, and at the end of last year, they released the long-anticipated results of the study.
Although this study is the first of its kind, it isn’t that strange because it was based on networks that already had some similarities. The research focused specifically on the structure of the universe in comparison to the neuronal network of the brain.
Both structures have tightly woven clusters that branch out at great length toward other clusters to form web-like patterns. The biggest difference though is that galaxies are much much larger than neuronal networks—they are larger to the tune of 27 orders of magnitude.
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Researchers agree that the physical processes happening in the brain versus those happening in the universe are different; however, there are many similarities that connect the two to each other. Let’s look at a couple of the key likenesses found by Vazza and Feletti.
As you probably know, the human body is made up of a large amount of water. The same is true for your brain.
About 77% of the brain consists of water while dark energy composes 72% of the universe. These numbers are quite close together, but both water and dark energy have only a tiny structural role in the brain and universe.
Any network consists of nodes that connect to each other through different lines. Within the brain, these nodes are called neurons, and they are called galaxies in the universe. The connections between different neurons and galaxies are known as filaments.
An amazing 100 billion galaxies have been identified in the universe. Even more astounding, the brain hosts approximately 69 billion neurons. Those numbers are super high and quite close together. Still, the nodes in these networks are much smaller in diameter when compared to the radius of the filaments.
The networks in the brain assist with memory distribution in the brain. These networks are seen prolifically in the universe, so you could even imagine encoding your memories into the universe.
The structure of the brain and universe have even more similarities. It was quite surprising to see that information and energy flow between the nodes only made up about 25% of the energy and mass within the brain and universe.
Vazza and Feletti also studied slices of the human brain, specifically the cortex and cerebellum, to look at the internal structures. For comparison, they simulated the webs within the universe.
The density of both structures is quite close even if the brain is many times smaller than the universe. About 4.6 to 5.4 filaments connect to each node in the brain, while there are 3.8 to 4.1 connections in the universe. Another observation was that important nodes had larger clusters of connections to them as they play a greater role.
The brain is a fascinating bunch of neurons, filaments, networks, and information. Its connections to the universe are immense.
Parts of the universe are still unknown to us, and we don’t understand it entirely. The same can be said about the brain: There is still so much to learn about it.
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Networks in the brain and universe are so similar that one can only conclude that there has to be some kind of universal laws governing all structures found in the natural world. We like to believe that this is a sign of something bigger at play.
It doesn’t matter whether you are religious or not; there is just something that drives us all to belong. In many cases, this means believing in a higher power or that you are part of something bigger.
When you see yourself as a single being in a much larger universe, you become humble. You realize that there are much greater things in life and lots to be thankful for as you go about your daily activities.
Throughout life, people strive for meaning and purpose. We don’t want to merely exist; we want to thrive!
The only way we can do this is to take responsibility for what we are doing, no matter what it is, so that we obtain feelings of fulfillment. Believing in something bigger than yourself allows you to get up every morning and motivates you to finish your tasks and do your bit to make the world a better place.
A spiritual connection to the outside world requires that you reflect inward. You need to get to know yourself, what you want from your life, and how you will achieve it. When you do this, you are able to make the most of your talents.
Part of this process requires that you change your mindset: You have to think differently. Adopting a growth mindset allows you to see the world differently, and you start using the opportunities available to you. Even when times get tough, your connection to something bigger lets you overcome troublesome situations.
If you want to change your thinking about your place in the world, then you have to change the structure of your brain. It may sound strange, but you can alter your neural networks and help connect to something bigger.
We will teach you how to do this at the Brain-A-Thon. Once you get control of your thinking, you start to use your full potential.
The universe is full of connections. We are connected to something bigger, to nature, and also to each other.
We already established there are networks in the brain and in the universe. Networks are so common that we even talk about a social network when it comes to connections between families, friends, colleagues, and even strangers.
These networks are important to us because they allow us to belong and create a sense of unity. Serving something more than ourselves requires that we also prioritize and cherish each other.
With so many similarities between the brain and the universe, we have to look for similarities elsewhere. You probably get along better with certain individuals because you have more in common. That in itself shows more repetition within the universe.
Starting today, take some time to foster relationships with the people around you. Listen to them, motivate them, and encourage them to build their connections with the universe.
As you engage with other people, you promote your sense of belonging. You feel part of something, and this strengthens your bond with a greater power.
We are all in this world together—even if we live singular lives. In this universe, all of us have a great role to play. We are responsible for taking care of Earth and each other.
The world is full of negativity, but you don’t have to contribute to it; instead, be the positive one. Look for the light in the darkness, be a helping hand to those in need, and spread happiness through an optimistic mindset.
In life, you will have many relationships. One of the most important ones you will have is your relationship with yourself and that starts in your brain. Find out how you can improve your inner relationship by attending the Brain-A-Thon. It will make you a better person!
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