Experiment: The Brain—Your Nimble Noggin

Would you rather have a computer or a brain in an emergency? Knock a robot off its legs, and you decide! Our brains are designed to process millions of bits of complex information, day in and day out, including split-second decisions to avoid an accident. Let's hit the slow motion button on a memorable moment in your life. Imagine the last time you almost fell on a slick floor. While your body movements may not have won an Oscar for special effects (no impossible backflips in cyberspace), something more amazing did happen. Your brain kept operating the seemingly impossible way our wise Creator designed it to perform every day.

Take a closer look at that near-fall just before you sighed in relief from a crisis averted. In a millisecond, your body sent an SOS to your brain that it had lost balance, your feet shouted that they were sliding, your eyes scoured the room for something to grab, and then your hand responded to the signal zipping down from the brain. In fact, it probably took you longer to read that sentence than it did for your brain to avoid that tailbone-biter.

In other words, that wrinkly gray tissue in your head is fast. Super fast. Unlike computer technology, which people often tout for speed, the quickness of the brain leaves silicon in the dust. Computers accept a string of human commands and spit out results, but your brain deals deftly with millions of signals from all five senses every second, making innumerable conscious and unconscious decisions at the same time.

The brain processes the morning light coming into your eyes, family members' excited voices hitting your eardrums, the sticky sensations on your fingers, the sweet flavor on your taste buds, and the pleasant cinnamon smell filling your nose. And that's just in a single moment at the table, eating breakfast rolls.

But there's more to your noggin than noshing on breakfast. Your brain knows how to respond quickly. When your senses say something needs to happen fast, your brain responds. You could say it zaps into action.

Your Nimble Noodle Network

Of everything God made in the universe, the human brain is easily one of the most impressive. Inside your head are around 100 billion microscopic cells called neurons. These neurons constantly "talk" to each other using chemical and electrical sparks that travel down a chain from one cell to the next, similar to children whispering down a line in a telephone game. Unlike children talking, however, your neural communication never stops. Your brain is always on and working, whether you are conscious of the chatter or not.

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