There is an exceedingly complex design in the human brain. At the basis of this design lies the fact that are large number of brain cells are linked to one another by a very large number of connections. Professor of biology Ursula Goodenough summarizes this network of connections and the way it functions:
The brain of every human contains about 100,000,000,000 neurons, with their axons having the collective length of several hundred thousand miles. Some of these extend out into the body, usually in series, either to take in stimuli (itch) or trigger responses (scratch). But most stay in the brain and make synaptic connections with one another. There are an estimated 100 trillion synapses in the human brain, meaning that an average cell body is in synaptic contact with 1,000 other neurons—an astonishing concept. Some of these synapses are inhibitory and others excitatory, and the target neuron proceeds to fire or not fire after integrating its various inputs. Its target, in turn, is likely to be a second brain neuron with 999 other potential synaptic influences. (Ursula Goodenough, The Sacred Depths of Nature, Oxford University Press, New York, 1998, p. 95)
As we have seen, the brain possesses billions of cells, all capable of communicating with one another at every moment. This feature in our brains reveals a superior processing capacity that no computer can match. D. Meredith has calculated that the processing capacity of the brain is equivalent to that of 1,000 super computers (of today’s technology):
… [T]he brain holds at least 10 to the 14th power bits (binary digits) of information. Actually, it is a much greater number, since the neurons also show intermediate firing states, somewhat like a light-dimmer switch. Consequently, the brain shows both digital and analog characteristics. At any given moment, perhaps 10% of the brain cells are firing, at a frequency of about 100 hertz. This implies a rate of 10 to the 15th power signals or computations every second. For comparison, the Cray-2 supercomputer”s speed is 10 to the 9th power computations per second, with a storage capacity of 10 to the 11 power bits. Thus, the storage capacity of this supercomputer is 1,000 times less than that of the human brain… Note that the potential brain capacity is estimated as at least equivalent to that of 25 million volumes, a 500-mile-long bookshelf! Clearly, the brain is far more advanced than any computer ever produced. This computer analogy should not be carried too far, however, because brain organization is unlike anything else encountered in technology or nature. ( D. Meredith, Metamagical Themes, Basic Books, N.Y., 1985)
By this comparison Meredith clearly shows how far superior the human brain is to present-day technology. One excellent example of the superior nature of this design in the brain is the project of Dr. Kerry Bernstein, senior technologist of the famous computer company IBM.
In an article called) “IBM engineer looks to brain for new technology” in Rutland Herald, Bernstein stated that conferences attended by neurologists are held regularly every year at the IBM headquarters and that IBM’s engineers are told about the design in the brain. Bernstein stated that it is impossible to fully replicate the functioning of the brain:
It’s this notion of massive parallelism. Meaning one bit of data can spread to 100,000 other neurons. That makes it (the brain) 10 to the sixth times more efficient than the fastest computer… The reason is because of something that we can’t do in electronics. (“IBM engineer looks to brain for new technology”, Ruthland Herald, April 12, 2003 http://rutlandherald.nybor.com/Archive/Articles/Article/49517 )
Dr. Bernstein states that it is impossible to electronically replicate the brain. The molecular biologist Professor Michael Denton, known for his works which demonstrate the invalidity of the theory of evolution, says that even if the best engineers use the most complicated techniques “it would take fifty million years to finish” for them to come up with an object that even slightly resembled the brain. (Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory In Crisis, London: Burnett Books, 1985, p. 330)
In addition to this design in the brain, there is also a functioning which monitors productivity. Martin S. Banks, a professor of optometry and psychology from California University at Berkeley, says “The brain is efficient in that it doesn”t waste energy maintaining information that it will not likely need in real life.” (“Brain”s method of merging input depends on which senses supply it”, 21 November 2002, http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-11/uopbmo111902.php )
As we have seen, the arrangement and functioning within the brain possess a far superior design to even the most advanced computers. When we examine a computer we see that the electronic components are set out in such a way as to produce its processing capacity and ability. It is clear that the computer has been designed by a computer engineer in line with a particular aim. No rational person could possibly claim that the computer had come into being by chance. There is just such a design in the brain. A vast number of neurons have been brought together in such a way as to produce a great processing capacity. It is perfectly clear that the brain did not come into existence as the result of chance, but that it has been specially designed. Neither is there any doubt that this design belongs to God.