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As we may think

“The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain. It has other characteristics, of course; trails that are not frequently followed are prone to fade, items are not fully permanent, memory is transitory. Yet the speed of action, the intricacy of trails, the detail of mental pictures, is awe-inspiring beyond all else in nature.”

This paragraph really stuck out to me. I love psychology, and my favorite part of psychology is associative thinking. This particular little piece resonated with me because it made me think of this particular situation.

I may be nearly 20 years old, but I still think Jimmy Neutron was one of the best thinkers of all time! On a more serious note, the brain truly is fascinating. How could we ever hope to mimic, much less encapsulate, the power of the mind? I’m not saying that we only use 10% of our brain power, as that has been thoroughly debunked to death as we can see

here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_percent_of_the_brain_myth

And here: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/ten-percent-brain/

And, because 3 is a magical number, one more source here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-people-only-use-10-percent-of-their-brains/

However, the question still remains, how can we ever copy in machinations and coding what we do in our heads? I still don’t understand for the life of me how I can go from discussing statistical variations with my friend to talking about our favorite Pokemon types. Association within our minds happens so quick and fleetingly, we sometimes don’t even remember how we got from Point A to Point D. We just hopped right through Points B and C and arrived at Point D feeling dazed and confused. If we’re still trying to map out and understand the human brain, do we really stand a chance in being able to copy that pattern into machines?