When it comes to neuroscience, we really know very little. The brain to a scientist is a machine capable of many functions, you being either one of the functions of a simple by-product of the combination of things it does. Either way, to a neuroscientist, you are a thinking machine with a body. These avenues don't suit everybody, and the implications of some common scientific thinking seem to suggest that our personalities and souls are simply illusions created by this multi-functional device known as the brain. That's fine, we don't all need to agree with the materialistic view on the phenomenon known as life, many of us don't.
The reason neuroscience is somewhat useful to us as a whole, regardless of its controversial methods and ideas, is that the medical side of things gets a real boost. We as people have developed some pretty amazing cures to various brain problems already and we are on the way to discovering many more. Some of the most sought after cures and preventative methods are in the area of mental health and neurological diseases.
Often the way we think and our ability to think are directly related to the health of our brain. A psychological issue will also have a basis in the brain, as thoughts, feelings, and correlations between them are stored as chemicals and connections between cells. So when neuroscience makes a discovery about the function of the brain, it has a real impact on the lives of those affected by related disorders.
A study published in Frontiers of Computational Neuroscience has shown that our brain is capable of forming these connections in extremely complicated ways. Structures named “sandcastles” are built in real time as the brain learns information brought in by the senses. As we process information and think about it, these structures are reinforced and grow further. The team has shown that it is possible to track the evolution of neural networks and how they interact via the medium of algebraic topography. This is a branch of mathematics that plots complex graphs according to variable data.
When a neuron connects to another and creates a line, it is said to have a one dimensional connection. When three get together and make a triangle, it has a two dimensional shape. A pyramid is a 3D shape. With the algebraic topography it has been shown that neurons structure themselves into upto eleven dimensions, although only theoretical in our material world, in the world of mathematics it is entirely possible. When artists draw in extra dimensions on a 2D piece of paper, the use of perspective and angles give the appearance of these extra directions. The huge amount of lines needed to draw an 11D shape is staggering, but we build them all the time, without even thinking.
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