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A Utopian Deconstruction Of How The Brain Works

What if we all have the ancients answers inside of us? (Origin of the earth, how the pyramids were built e.t.c)
What if the brain does not work the way we scientifically believe it does?

These are the two questions that plaqued my mind, one early morning, at precisely 1am. If you have ever been awake, in these early hours of the morning, right after midnight, you can attest that these hours are magical.

"Older adults' peak performance on memory and cognitive inhibition tasks tends to be in the morning, whereas younger adults' peak performance tends to be in the afternoon."

Marisa Knight, and Mara Mather, in a study aptly entitled "Look Out—It's Your Off-Peak Time of Day! -

Anyway I digress, back to the thoughts that were running through my mind...

The design of the planet earth and its organisms, has proven to be so majestic, that if humans were to destroy the planet, it would find a way to restart/regenerate itself. Think about a lock and key scenario. These lock/s and key/s would be working in tandem with a set of procedures, to prevent an accidental restart.

This got me thinking, about the African child naming convection and what we loosely call generational curses, or call genes, when we want to trumpet our academic qualifications. 

Some younger relatives, have similar characteristics to elder relatives, traveling back in time, up the family tree. This has through the ages resulted in parents, blaming themselves for the 'misfortunes', that befall their children; Choosing to believe, that they had some sort of control, in their children's behavior/characteristics, through the not/naming of children after relatives, predisposed to 'bad' behavior. Some of these characteristics include e.g predisposition to drugs, fits of rage, lack of personal boundaries e.t.c

But maybe, just maybe, these parents and children, have nothing to blame themselves for. Maybe it is a flaw or feature, that is in each and every one of us by divine design. Maybe we have misunderstood our own humanity and the power in it, or simply put, how our internal computing system works.

If we, were to deconstruct the body and its organs, in computing context, a human body is a sum of distinct parts, that all work together none lesser, greater, or equal to the other.

With this assumption, what if the brain does not physically store memories? what if the brain is similar to a choirmaster, who uses electrical signals, to direct the sub systems, to carry out or execute, stored instructions? We know that the brains electric activity, can be monitored by electroencephalography, only possible because Neurons pass chemical and electrical signals. (see where I am heading?)

Where then are memories stored, you would logically ask, if you are following my train of thought. The answer is, the only place in the body, that we already know can store vast amounts of data and transmit this data from one generation to another, and that's the DNA. Researchers have long known that DNA, can be used for data storage and a single gram of DNA can hold roughly a zettabyte (a zettabyte is one billion terabytes). To put it into context in November 2018, the research group IDC sponsored by Seagate, calculated that the world will have stored over 175 zettabytes by 2025; therefore a measly 175 grams of DNA, will be able to hold all the worlds data in 2025.

" IDC predicts that the Global Datasphere will grow from 33 Zettabytes (ZB) in 2018 to 175 ZB by 2025"

IDC - Data Age 2025 - The Digitization Of The World

Fortunately, or should I say unfortunately? Nobody has hit the market yet, with a realistic system for storing data, in a DNA library and then retrieving it back, when it is needed.

  • In 2016 research by Church and Technicolor Research and Innovation was published in which, 22 MB of a MPEG compressed movie sequence were stored and recovered from DNA.
  • In March 2017, Yaniv Erlich and Dina Zielinski of Columbia University and the New York Genome Center published a method known as DNA Fountain that stored data at a density of 215 petabytes per gram of DNA. The technique approaches the Shannon capacity of DNA storage, achieving 85% of the theoretical limit. The method was not ready for large-scale use, as it costs $7000 to synthesize 2 megabytes of data and another $2000 to read it.
  • In March 2018, University of Washington and Microsoft published results demonstrating storage and retrieval of approximately 200MB of data. The research also proposed and evaluated a method for random access of data items stored in DNA. 

- Wikipedia Zettabyte

Where am I heading with all this?

  • Well... maybe, when we pass DNA to our offspring, we pass more than just genes, or bad behavior and diseases. Maybe, we pass on to them the human blueprint and a set of ours and the memories passed down the ages. Maybe somewhere in our DNA, we might just have answers to age old questions, like who built the pyramids, how they did it and a lot more information we did not know we need. Maybe we already have answers to how the earth was formed inside us.
  • Maybe, just maybe; The naming convection widely used in Africa, was a way for our ancestors to try understand, why certain offspring's were in more than one way similar to an elder relative.
  • Maybe, just maybe; In editing our DNA and using it for storage, we might overwrite and loose important information from the ancients.

But these are just my maybes.... What about yours?

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