More eBay rambling, and the human factor

From: Christian Fandt <>
Date: Sat Dec 18 18:36:01 1999

Upon the date 01:54 AM 12/18/99 -0500, said something like:
>What I have heard is that the human brain can process between a dozen and
>two dozen "transactions" per second. But ... (sputter, sputter) ... so a 286
>computer is BLAZINGLY fast by comparison ... wait, doesn't the human brain
>process vast amounts of info? The human body is an absolute marvel as a
>chemical plant; all those levels have to require tremendous amounts of
>monitoring and adjustment? I guess I am confused on the issue of scope
>versus speed ... so a brain could be considered to be parallel on a massive
>scale then, whereas is a computer is serial; brain: millions of things done
>slowly, computer one thing done with blinding speed ... am I way off base or
>onto something???

No Ray, you aren't. However, perhaps re-phrasing your last sentence may
make it a little clearer: ". . . .brain: millions of things done
slowly and in parallel, computer one thing done with blinding speed. Most
of the parallel processing is done by the unconscious brain (the
"co-processor-like" medula handles involuntary muscles: diaphragm, veinous
muscles, heart, etc. while subconscious thoughts, reflexes, sensory inputs,
etc. are handled by the "mainframe" cerebral cortex) while up to several
processes may be done consciously." That's an interesting study of
neuro-cybernetics which I hadn't gotten into yet. Maybe one of the other
folks here has.

>Ray Cook
>PS Sorry, its post finals excessive thought disorder;
>everything is fried but it wont shut down!!!

I hear you! Although I'm not near what would be considered finals in my
college, I've got a heap of work to do towards my 4-year degree to be
finished by next summer. Last I had to study this hard was many years ago
(I'm 46 now and those danged braincells got rusty in a few spots!) But the
mental exercise does me *very* good :-) Good luck with the finals Ray.

Regards, Chris
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Christian Fandt, Electronic/Electrical Historian
Jamestown, NY USA
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Received on Sat Dec 18 1999 - 18:36:01 GMT

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