By: Melvin A. Felton, Jr. - Iff Books, $26.95
Description: Universe Within makes the case that the human brain is a physical model of the universe because of structural and dynamical similarities shared between the two systems based on the pictures emerging out of neuroscience and physics, respectively.
The relationship between the human brain and the universe revealed by Melvin A. Felton, Jr. might be the missing principle that leads to the theory-of-everything.
Verdict: Taking us on a quite wondrous journey, one that makes the case that the human brain is a physical model of the universe because of structural and dynamical similarities shared between the two systems, we learn that both of them are arranged in well-defined networks; with nodes, neurons in the brain, galaxies in the Universe, connected via filaments.
In terms of composition, the brain is around 77 percent water and the universe is around 72 percent dark energy. Here in Universe Within: The Surprising Way the Human Brain Models the Universe, author Melvin A. Felton, Jr. takes us lovingly, excitedly by the hand and leads us down multiple fantastical landscapes of humankindís outer and inner worlds.
Covering swathes of empirical, conceptual, and theoretical grounds; from fundamental forces and particles to neural networks in the brain and, ultimately, to profound questions of our religion and philosophy, Felton may well take his own intellectual stand (one that is highly strengthened by his deeply resolute belief), but he also obligingly poses other intriguing hypothesis about the potentially deep connections between the structures.
Indeed, if we step back and ponder the fact before us, there are on the order of 100 trillion connections between neurons forming the neural network that creates who you are.
In this way, the Universe can be thought of as a giant network of galaxy clusters all interconnected similarly to neural networks in the brain. That network is called the Cosmic Web.
As a whole, Universe Within: The Surprising Way the Human Brain Models the Universe is equally engrossing and engaging throughout and at all times is easily accessible and contains ideas and thoughts and preponderances scattered liberally throughout for all to grasp on to.
About the Author - Melvin Felton attended two of the top historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in America, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA (B.S. Mathematics, 2000), and Hampton University in Hampton, VA (M.S. Physics, 2003).
From 2003 to present, Melvin has been employed as a physicist at a US national science laboratory. Much of his professional research has concerned remote sensing of the lower atmosphere. However, he has also conducted research in the fields of cybernetics and computational neuroscience.
Melvin has presented his research at international conferences and has published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. When not pondering the nature of reality, he spends his time producing hip hop instrumentals.
Universe Within is Melvinís first book. Melvin lives in the Washington, DC metro with his wife Jamila, an artist-educator, their sons Malcolm and Jahlil, and their dog Theory.
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