Your brain has as much memory as the internet

New research into the brain’s synapses has found that the human brain has 10 times the memory capacity previously thought.  In computer terms, it comes to at least  a petabyte, the memory capacity of the world wide web.

Now use your internet-sized brain to think about that.  Didn’t the world wide web have to be, you know, designed and created?  Could the internet have come into existence purely through random processes?  Yes, the internet is an example of a system with millions of separate agents, sort of like the economy, but doesn’t it require pre-existing minds?  So what about the 7 billion minds existing on the earth today, each with the capacity of the entire internet? [Read more…]

Winter Storm Jonas

I’m glad to be in sunny Oklahoma and no longer in the Washington, D.C., area. Winter Storm Jonas–an unusually powerful system that is supposed to bring blizzards, ice, and massive amounts of snow–will afflict one out of four Americans this weekend.  I’ve heard that where I used to live in Virginia may get up to 30 inches of snow!  So to all of you affected, batten down the hatches, stay warm, and pray the electricity doesn’t go out.

Those of us who are out of it should pray for those who are in it.  If the storm gives you interesting experiences, please tell about them here. [Read more…]

Has climate change killed the aliens?

In this vast universe, say many scientists, surely intelligent life has evolved elsewhere.  So where is it?  A new theory is being put forward:  the aliens are all dead.  This is because, in the course of evolution, when intelligent life advances to the industrial level, it inevitably causes climate change that causes its species to become extinct. [Read more…]

Earthquake alley

I was watching TV around 10:30 on Wednesday night when I thought one of  grandkids–we were hosting a sleepover–was shaking my chair.  I reached around to grab the culprit, but there was no one there.  Then it happened again.  Then the other adults in our living room, including some Californians, said “Earthquake!” [Read more…]

“I’ve heard a lot about purple”

We’ve blogged about the new technology that allows people who are color-blind to see in color for the first time.  Now these special glasses are available through optometrists.  After the break is an excerpt and a link to an article recounting the experiences of people with red-green color-blindness, who usually see both colors as a muddied brown, now being able to perceive those colors.

Favorite line from the story:

“I’ve heard a lot about purple,” Robison said before he tried his new glasses.

And after?

“It was everything I wanted it to be.”


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A six-year-old girl trapped in the body of a 52-year-old man

A 52-year-old man with a wife and seven children decided that he is really female.  But not only is he transgendered, he decided that he is really a six-year-old girl.  So he left his family and now lives with an “adoptive mommy and daddy,” dressing as a little girl.

But why not, if our identity has nothing to do with our physical being? [Read more…]