Brain: Nearly Ideal

Brain: Nearly Ideal

You would think – since the brain is nearly ideal – that mankind could figure out that such a configuration didn’t just happen.

Sad, a nearly ideal mechanism made useless by sin but mankind cannot even figure that out.

Futile indeed.

The Lord knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile. (Psalm 94:11)

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(—Kri­oukov and his col­leagues dis­cov­ered that the struc­ture of the human brain has an almost ideal net­work of con­nections (magenta), enabling optimal trans­mis­sion of informa­tion from one part of the brain to another.
Credit: Krioukov


The findings represent more than a confirmation of our evolutionary progress. They could have important implications for pinpointing the cause of neurological disorders and eventually developing therapies to treat them.
“An optimal network in the brain would have the smallest number of connections possible, to minimize cost, and at the same time it would have maximum navigability–that is, the most direct pathways for routing signals from any possible source to any possible destination,” says Krioukov. It’s a balance, he explains, raising and lowering his hands to indicate a scale. The study presents a new strategy to find the connections that achieve that balance or, as he puts it, “the sweet spot.”