[ExI] Mental Phenomena

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 19 20:55:44 UTC 2020

Well, John, speed is very impressive.  Did you know that cars can go faster
than people can run? Even a hippo can do it. Speed alone can solve math
problems and that's great.  Can it tell us how to get along with one

bill w

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 1:19 PM John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 1:23 PM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> *> How complicated is that?  Way way way more than we can even guess at
>> now.  Just sitting here my neurons are firing at rates of quadrillions of
>> times a second,*
> An individual neuron can only fire about 200 times a second and there are
> about 8.6 * 10^10 neurons in the human brain, that may sound like a big
> number but it really isn't. China is expected to have a Supercomputer this
> year that can make 10^18 flops a second where a "flop" is equivalent to
> multiplying two 15 digit numbers together, the USA is expected to have a
> similar machine next year. It's not really surprising that the brain is
> being outclassed by electronics, signals in the brain travel at a variety
> of speeds from 1 mph to 268 mph, in other words at a snail's pace, but
> signals in computers travel close to 670 MILLION mph.
> John K Clark
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