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A few days ago, I went to watched the movie Iron Man 3. I don’t particularly jump to watch much of the Marvel created movies, others such as the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman and The Avengers brought nothing attractive other than the idea of great computer generated graphics pushing the limits of processing powers and 3D …   Read More

A few days ago, I went to watched the movie Iron Man 3. I don’t particularly jump to watch much of the Marvel created movies, others such as the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman and The Avengers brought nothing attractive other than the idea of great computer generated graphics pushing the limits of processing powers and 3D rendering. Iron Man 3 was a bit different, to me it symbolized the importance of a topic I have delved in the past when it came the idea of understanding the power of the brain. Do not worry this post will not contain spoilers, if you are still interested in watching the movie. There is a particular scene in the movie when Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) walks in the office of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) at which point Aldrich pulls what seems like metallic spheres which turn out to be some form of holographic projectors which were synced up to Killian’s brain. The first projection from the holographic projection spheres where not of his brain however, Killian apologizes and mentions that what Potts witnesses is actually the universe. Then Killian changes the projection and switches to broadcast his brain. Mark Miller, a doctoral student at Brandeis University researching different types of neurons discovered the similarities between the connections in brain cells and the similarities that it brought with simulations done on the universe with clusters of galaxies.

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This is the “brain” scene in Iron Man 3

Other ideas were discussed before about the complexities and similarities of our brains and the reality of the universe. For example, we have all heard how we are using only a portion of our brain potential. Ratios have been thrown at 5-10%. Studies by astrophysicists mention the discoveries of what is called as dark matter. It is called dark matter, because it is black or we are not able to see. These recent advancement on the understanding of the make up of the universe and experiment by CERN, are trying to find the God particle by seeing the impressions of gamma rays that appear when you make atoms collapse. The sparks of gamma rays is the only thing we can possibly witness to be able to find the Higgs Bosom, or the smallest particle of matter that makes up everything, hence it is called the Theory of Everything. The question through, it is not whether it is everything because astrophysicist also are coming to the understanding that about 95% of the universe is made up by dark matter. Therefore our current experience is only able to witness 5% of what is out there. So we are blind, so why would we need our brains at the fullest potentials when we are not experiencing all there is.

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This is the comparison made of the neural pathways and that of galaxies in the universe.

Now back to Iron Man 3, what the film toys with is exactly that, the opportunities and unknown capabilities of the universe correctly match the possibilities of what is out there, things we probably have not idea about. We are most likely very biased and constrained with the 5% reality we are barely witnessing with our limited senses. The film brings to light the possibility of our brain, or at least one, we have been aware of to “recode” or “enable” a capability that lies dormant. Often we are faced with this capability every time we encounter very desperate times, such as the grandmother who lifts up a tree or car if it is to save the grandson or the capacity for us to heal ourselves due to Placebo Effect. If one thing is for sure, there is much mystery in our heads, as much as there are so many possibilities in the universe, the opportunities are endless and vast. This deserves more of our attention.

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