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A Year of Living As A Cell - Day 7 - Reality Soup

Jody Weiss

Did you know that your 3-pound brain houses a collection of 100 billion neurons which are interconnected with 100 trillion synapses that interpret reality? If they were all laid out end-to-end, they would stretch out 3.6 million miles…. All of that fits inside your head! I read this in Ideas & Discoveries Magazine (9/13, Pg 24). The article also states that EVERY SECOND, 11 million sensory impressions flood the brain and somehow are filtered down to around 40 impressions that we are capable of interpreting per second. So, what is reality then if we can only interpret 40 or so of the multi-fold impressions of life all around us? I am so fascinated by this. I wonder what it would feel like to be another type of (alien) being who, let's say, could feel 1,460 impressions per second, rather than 40. What would his or her day be like?