Friday, October 19, 2007

The Most Complex Object in the Universe

I just read somewhere that the brain is the most complex object in the universe. Isn't that cool? I mean the most complex object in the universe is right here in our head, in our possession and we didn't even have to pay for it. That's pretty awe inspiring when you think about it. But, then when you think about the complexities of life, the brain would have to be pretty complex in order to deal with it. Just think about all the millions of processes the brain has to take care of in the body. This is just the physical stuff. Then there is the whole realm of the mind and consciousness.

Some scientist think that "neurobiological processes in the brain cause consciousness", though they are not exactly sure how that happens. Others think that consciousness is completely independent of the brain. Who knows what the real answer is. However, having the most complex object in the universe in our possession is quite a responsibility. How do you take care of it and maintain it? Where is the user's guide? I guess we'll just have to ask the brain.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Pinnacles National Monument

My family went camping at Pinnacles this past weekend. A stunningly beautiful place. It is located south of Hollister, CA. The hiking there is spectacular. We saw wild turkey, California Condor, who have made a remarkable comeback from extinction, and tarantulas. The fall is a good time to see these hairy spiders when they are trying to find mates.

The kids, and adults also, had fun walking through caves, though we didn't see any of the bats that nest there.