The other day, there was a very interesting medical video about how the human brain grows and forms, how the cells divide, and how it becomes what it is, capable of doing the miraculous things it does. There was also another interesting video, this one at a Ted Conference which showed how expanding buckyball shapes morphed and folded once expanded inside of a container – wow it looked a lot like the folds in the human brain. Okay so, let me merge those two thoughts, and come up with a unique original idea which may be worth pondering.
First, I would like to apologize to all my Christian friends, who are not going to like this line of inquiry, but perhaps it is because of the religious connotations in our society that no one has considered this, and yet we should. You see, I believe it is possible to build an organic human brain inside of a box with a larger physical capacity, therefore able to divide cells as it grows one more time, two more times, or perhaps many more times.
Now then, if we create a human brain inside of a box, and yes I realize that is rather funny when we think about how we always tell people to think outside the box, but in this case it would be a human brain grown inside of one. As the brain reached its edges, it would start to morph and fold. However as it came against the corners of the box there would be additional space, allowing it to grow further, before it had to start folding itself to continue to grow within that box.
It appears that where the folds are in the brain as it comes up against the skull matter very much with regards to human cognition, density, and how the brain communicates with itself. How it keeps itself cool, and carefully safe within the fluid available. In the case of a box, everything changes, and when we change the structure of the human brain, and allow it to grow in those additional areas differently, we may find that it gets very good at certain tasks that the human brain currently isn’t as good at, as perhaps it could be.
Side thought; think of a house plant inside of a specific pot and a house plant of the same type in a different shaped and sized pot.
Are you beginning to see why I want to do this experiment, and why you might call me the mad scientist for even speaking of this? The chimpanzee and orangutan brains do not allow for as much cell division in duplication as the human brain, this accounts for at least some of the variance in the human species DNA comparatively speaking. But if we extended the skull capacity, and allow the human brain to continue to grow, would that additional capacity, provided we could feed it the amount of calories and energy it needs to survive – well what I’m saying, is how intelligent could get?
You see, we are busy trying to build artificially intelligent supercomputers, which are enormous and scale, and use a tremendous amount of energy.
Why not just build a giant organic and hyper evolved human brain to do the same thing. It wouldn’t take nearly the amount of energy, and we can control the process as it grew, and in doing so it might teach us a thing or two. Okay so, don’t shoot the messenger, it’s just an idea and my original thought for today. But I guarantee you if you had a square skull instead of a rounder version your brain would work slightly differently, and you’d be better at some tasks than you currently are, perhaps not so good in others.
So maybe the current skull shape is correct, and evolution has that problem best solved, but we don’t know that. After all, a square skull might be problematic if a human fell down and hurt himself, and crushed the edges. In any case, I will leave you with this thought and hope you will please think on it.