More Complex than Previously Thought-Part VI

In The Journal of the Creation Science Movement,(1) we find:

The psalmist says, “I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are your works” (Psalm 139: 14). Nowhere is this more evident than in the design of the human brain. Capable of incredible feats of computation, data recognition and information storage, the brain exceeds the abilities of all the electronic devices mankind has yet been able to devise. As none of the latter have ever occurred by accident but have had to be painstakingly designed, so the human brain is likewise compelling evidence for a Designer. New evidence now indicates that this design is still greater than had previously been realized.

If the brain wasn’t already complex enough (100 Billion neurons with 1000 to 10000 interconnections each), it was recently found that individual synapses (think of it as a point of connection between neurons), can act independently.

Furthermore, work on neurons by other researchers has suggested that even individual synapses – the junctions of a neuron with other neurons and nerve cells – could be capable of acting independently from each other within the same neuron. This could mean that these different synapses are processing or storing completely different bits of information, even at such a microscopic level.

At the edges of all that is known in science, one finds ever more baffling phenomena and/or breathtaking complexity. Ultimately, we discover the limits of our ability to comprehend and even observe. I believe that there are messages in these facts for those who are listening. That is, we should maintain some humility in our search to understand, and that many aspects of the nature of God are evident in nature for all who are willing to see.

(1). Creation, 15(9), pp 2, 2008

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4 Responses

  1. Well, if we’re going to be precise, it’s not the human brain which is so impressive — it’s brains in general. The intricacy of neurons and synapses are not unique to humans, after all!

    That’s not to deny that there could be something to the idea of human uniqueness — only to deny that human uniqueness can be understood in terms of what’s happening at the level of individual neurons. That’s like saying that the Sistine Chapel is beautiful because each speck of paint contains a little bit of beauty.

  2. Well, if we’re going to be precise, it’s not the human brain which is so impressive — it’s brains in general. The intricacy of neurons and synapses are not unique to humans, after all!

    That’s a good point. A brain is a brain is a brain to some extent. So, if human uniqueness is not contained in the brain (or biological matter, in general), that creates a metaphysical problem, does it not?

  3. I wouldn’t go that far, Mike — as you well know! I think that it will take far more than mere anti-reductionism to establish an argument for dualism of mind/soul and body, or to establish a dichotomy between the natural and the supernatural.

  4. “if human uniqueness is not contained in the brain …”

    You are assuming a conclusion. You are assuming that there is something “unique” about “humans”. If there is not anything unique about humans, then there is no “metaphysical problem”.

    “At the edges of all that is known in science, one finds ever more baffling phenomena and/or breathtaking complexity.”

    As usual, your silly opinion is noted and disregarded as nonsensical. If the “simple” things have been discovered, then what is left is bound to be “complex”. So what?

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