Our Brain’s Neurons Look Exactly Like The Structure Of The Universe

neuron2At top is a microscopic photo of a few neurons. Below it is a simulated rendering of what astrophysicists believe to be the universe’s structure, with clusters of galaxies and dark matter. Marvel at the remarkable symmetry and wonder, do we exist inside a gigantic brain? Via Convozine:

One is only micrometers wide. The other is billions of light-years across. One shows neurons in a mouse brain. The other is a simulated image of the universe. Together they suggest the surprisingly similar patterns found in vastly different natural phenomena.

Mark Miller, a doctoral student at Brandeis University, is researching how particular types of neurons in the brain are connected to one another. The image [on the left] shows three neuron cells on the left (two red and one yellow) and their connections.

An international group of astrophysicists used a computer simulation last year to recreate how the universe grew and evolved. The simulation image [on the right] is a snapshot of the present universes that features a large cluster of galaxies (bright yellow) surrounded by thousands of stars, galaxies and dark matter (web).

What struck me about this is not the similarity between neuron and universe, though it’s striking — rather it’s the continuity of parallels one finds whenever one looks into the structures of nature.

“As above, so below,” goes the Hermetic belief — “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing”. In Eastern thought, this idea is often paraphrased as “As is the microcosm, so is the microcosm.”

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  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    SCIENCE!

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    SCIENCE!

  • SF2K01

    Makes sense. The principles that govern the greatest of size should equally govern the smallest. Golden Ratios and what not. Really cool to see it side by side though.

  • CH50

    Old shit is old.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      It doesn’t smell as bad either….

  • Anonymous

    Makes sense. The principles that govern the greatest of size should equally govern the smallest. Golden Ratios and what not. Really cool to see it side by side though.

  • CH50

    Old shit is old.

  • 93_Qing

    My homie Hermes figured that out already.

  • Nunya

    Look kids, another hippy learned how to blog unoriginal ideas.

    My mind has been blown.

  • 93_Qing

    My homie Hermes figured that out already.

  • Nunya

    Look kids, another hippy learned how to blog unoriginal ideas.

    My mind has been blown.

  • mighty one

    above must fucked

  • mighty one

    above must fucked

  • Haystack

    And every time you light up, entire solar systems inside your head go dark. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      Extinctions of trillions of organisms, and dozens of civilizations.

    • Anon

      Everytime I light up, I send vast amounts of love and light within the infinite confines of my mind! Silly you and your vague assumptions.

  • Haystack

    And every time you light up, entire solar systems inside your head go dark. 

  • Mr. Coffee

    Well thats pretty wild.

    I’ll keep my fantastic theories about what it means if the universe really is a giant brain to myself.

  • Mr. Coffee

    Well thats pretty wild.

    I’ll keep my fantastic theories about what it means if the universe really is a giant brain to myself.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Solar systems resemble and mimic atomic structures. Paisley patterns look like paramecium (one celled organisms). Comparisons between macro and micro worlds are endless. Patterns repeat endlessly. 
    Probably related to fractal theory. Pretty cool. Remember “Horten Hears A Who”? (Dr. Seuss)   

    • Anarchy Pony

      I was just about to mention fractals.

  • Anonymous

    Solar systems resemble and mimic atomic structures. Paisley patterns look like paramecium (one celled organisms). Comparisons between macro and micro worlds are endless. Patterns repeat endlessly. 
    Probably related to fractal theory. Pretty cool. Remember “Horten Hears A Who”? (Dr. Seuss)   

  • Mr Willow

    Obvious to anyone who is paying attention, and is otherwise willing to traverse some strange avenues. 

  • Mr Willow

    Obvious to anyone who is paying attention, and is otherwise willing to traverse some strange avenues. 

  • smooth_operator

    It’s easy to see this connection when you smoke some DMT.

    • damg

      indeed!

  • Anonymous

    It’s easy to see this connection when you smoke some DMT.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    I was just about to mention fractals.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Extinctions of trillions of organisms, and dozens of civilizations.

  • damg

    indeed!

  • Anon

    From macro to micro, Infinite
    .

  • Anon

    From macro to micro, Infinite
    .

  • Anon

    Everytime I light up, I send vast amounts of love and light within the infinite confines of my mind! Silly you and your vague assumptions.

  • Blair Sadewitz

    Ever read some Hegel?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Blair-Sadewitz/100000076067713 Blair Sadewitz

    Ever read some Hegel?

  • cakey pig

    As above so below innit.
    Look up into the night sky when it is clear. The stars are your thoughts. The space between them is your being.

  • Anonymous

    As above so below.

  • SiD

    “Wouldn’t you like to see a positive LSD story on the news? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition? perhaps? Wouldn’t that be interesting? Just for once?

    ‘Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.’”  - Bill Hicks

    All one consciousness….hmmmm.  Nice thought.

  • SiD

    “Wouldn’t you like to see a positive LSD story on the news? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition? perhaps? Wouldn’t that be interesting? Just for once?

    ‘Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.’”  - Bill Hicks

    All one consciousness….hmmmm.  Nice thought.

  • Turningfish

    Wow, once again the human brain finds itself interesting and universal. Maybe a more apt description is that we see the universe as we see our own brains, and that we don’t see either that well. To imagine that the whole universe is a reflection of ourselves is among the most infantile and narcissistic notions imaginable.

    • wooooooo

      I think you have it backwards

  • Turningfish

    Wow, once again the human brain finds itself interesting and universal. Maybe a more apt description is that we see the universe as we see our own brains, and that we don’t see either that well. To imagine that the whole universe is a reflection of ourselves is among the most infantile and narcissistic notions imaginable.

  • quest

    The hindus had it right!

  • quest

    The hindus had it right!

  • city_debut

    We are aware that we are aware that we are aware.
    Oh shit.

  • Anonymous

    We are aware that we are aware that we are aware.
    Oh shit.

  • Guest

    FRACTAL UNIVERSE!  The Flagella Motor is to the Bacterium what a Prius is to the Hippie and the Yuppie.

  • Guest

    FRACTAL UNIVERSE!  The Flagella Motor is to the Bacterium what a Prius is to the Hippie and the Yuppie.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t smell as bad either….

  • http://twitter.com/MiGaOh Michael G. O’Hair

    This phenomena has been discovered and illuminated many, many times.

    Joe Rogan – We’re On a Rock Flying Through Space:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THooC676t2A

  • http://twitter.com/MiGaOh Michael G. O’Hair

    This phenomena has been discovered and illuminated many, many times.

    Joe Rogan – We’re On a Rock Flying Through Space:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THooC676t2A

  • dddjjj

    OMGZ DOES THAT MEAN NIBIRU IS MY FAULT!?

  • dddjjj

    OMGZ DOES THAT MEAN NIBIRU IS MY FAULT!?

  • Vallsack

    Holograms: The whole is contained in the part.

  • Vallsack

    Holograms: The whole is contained in the part.

  • bobbiethejean

    Not surprising. You see structures mirrored all throughout nature. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    Not surprising. You see structures mirrored all throughout nature. 

  • wooooooo

    I think you have it backwards

  • guy

    I can’t believe this is getting as many comments as it is. How is this shit any different from that Laminin bullshit?

  • guy

    I can’t believe this is getting as many comments as it is. How is this shit any different from that Laminin bullshit?

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