Brain scientists recently found out that our brain operates on up to 11 various dimensions which in turn creates a multiverse-like structure(s), which is ‘a world we had never imagined’.
Through advanced mathematical system, researchers came across architectural structures that emerge when the brain processes information before they collapse into nothing.
Their results disclosed that the intricate process related to creating the neural structures help to explain the complexity of brain in understanding and tying together its structure with its function.
The researchers used algebraic topology for sharpening the neural network structures in the brain. Algebraic topology is a method that explains networks with frequently varying spaces and structures.
“Algebraic topology is like a telescope and microscope at the same time. It can zoom into networks to find hidden structures—the trees in the forest—and see the empty spaces—the clearings—all at the same time,” stated Kathryn Hess, the study author.
Researchers conducted different experiments in virtual brain tissue for finding brain structures, structures that can never appear by chance. For validating their results on virtual brain, similar tests were conducted on real brain tissues, per Newsweek.
Group of neurons were formed with a group when the virtual tissue was presented with stimulus. Each neuron connected with every other neuron in a particular way for producing a specific geometry object. The more the neurons, the higher were the dimensions in the brain. In few cases, there were cliques with 11 different dimensions.
The accumulated structures created enclosures for high-dimensional holes that the team called cavities. The clique and cavity disappears as soon as the brain processes the information.
Ran Levi, one of the researchers exclaimed, “The appearance of high-dimensional cavities when the brain is processing information means that the neurons in the network react to stimuli in an extremely organized manner.”
He continued, “It is as if the brain reacts to a stimulus by building then razing a tower of multi-dimensional blocks, starting with rods (1D), then planks (2D), then cubes (3D), and then more complex geometries with 4D, 5D, etc. The progression of activity through the brain resembles a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materializes out of the sand and then disintegrates,” as Daily Mail reports.
These results could probably explain why the brain is difficult to understand. Henry Markram, the director of Blue Brain Project said, “We found a world that we had never imagined. There are tens of millions of these objects even in a small speck of the brain, up through seven dimensions. In some networks, we even found structures with up to eleven dimensions.”
The results also brought scientists nearer to consider “one of the fundamental mysteries of neuroscience: the link between the structure of the brain and how it processes information.”