Of Mice and Men, Science Mimics Creation

OrthodoxNet.com | Chris Banescu | Dec. 15, 2007

As scientific research and advancements, supported by increasingly more powerful computer technologies, delve into the vast complexities of biological organisms, the handiwork and genius of their Creator become more obvious and irrefutable. Recent experiments by researchers using a computer generated “cortical simulator” designed to duplicate a miniscule fraction of the functions of a mouse brain illustrate the immense structural sophistication and the enormous intricacies inherent in all living creatures.

In February 2007 scientists from IBM’s Almaden Research Lab and the University of Nevada used the BlueGene/L supercomputer, equipped with 4,096 processors each using 256MB of memory (for a total of 1 Terabyte (TB) of memory), to run a simulation that attempted to mimic one second’s worth of the processes of half a mouse brain. The “massively parallel cortical simulator” recreated the equivalent of 8,000,000 neurons with 6,300 synapses each, inside the 1 TB main memory of the system. Despite such massive computing power, the vast complexity of the simulation required that the experiment run for a full ten seconds in order to simulate just one second of real time mouse brain activity.
While the news story assumed that a mouse brain has approximately 16 million neurons, inferring that the cortical simulator (with 8 million neurons) only matched half that number, this author’s own research seems to indicate that mice brains can have anywhere from 30 to 100 million neurons.

Furthermore, scientific studies published in 2000 by the Center for Neuroscience and Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee place the total number of neurons in a mouse brain at approximately 75 million. Given the more accurate neuron numbers, the IBM computer model only simulated one ninth (1/9) to one quarter (1/4) of the neurons in a mouse brain, not one half (1/2) as the story optimistically claimed.

By comparison, a human brain averages a total 95-100 billion neurons. In terms of computing power, the same cortical simulation would theoretically duplicate only 0.008% (that’s 1 divided by 12,500) of the neuron communications a human brain is capable of generating in one second.

What is interesting about this experiment is not its confirmation of the incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness of human intelligence and reasoning, nor its reaffirmance of the astounding capabilities of technology in assisting mankind in the quest for knowledge and understanding, nor the insights gained into the vast complexities and intricacies of biological life.

No, what I find glaringly obvious from the results and methodologies employed in these experiments, is the credibility and powerful support it lends to the truth that life was indeed created by an intelligence and power beyond our understanding and comprehension. Every aspect, methodology, and result of this experiment points us directly back to God, our Creator.

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Comments

  1. This makes so much sense, how come nobody else has picked up on the implications of this story? At least there’s one Orthodox website that cares to comment on these issues.