Multitasking in our brain, can it be compared to that of a computer?

Quite a lot of similar news posts, researches and other paper is available to talk about how worse creation of God was, as a comparison to that of creation of His creation. Some news suggest that brain is no good as compared to a CPU. The funny part about this is that most of these authors are from Universities, playing their much vital (and respectful) role as a professor in psychology or computer science sections. I know, it is a great way to inspire people and gain recognition by giving away a thesis paper or a post with “Science research” tag on it, most engaging I believe.

But we’re actually missing a lot of things… Our computer machines were built right on the base on our body; human anatomy I am talking about. What do you think made the pioneers call CPU, the brain of computer? All of the underlying concept and functionality is similar… It is only the broader look of the machine which attracts you to the goodness of machine. I have not yet quite possibly seen any difference until now. Let us walk through a quite scenarios to talk about the difference… Or more specifically the similarities of a brain to a CPU; computer’s brain.

Multitasking — What is it?

It would be better to first define the term Multitasking itself before going on to comparison about what they are in brain and the CPU. Multitasking is a term coined by computing, in which different (or quite generally and possibly) processes or functions or programs are executed (or performed) simultaneously; concurrently at the same time. You can take the example of this in your modern graphical user-interface based operating systems, where you can run different software at the same time without having to worry about the underlying stuff; such as memory management or clock ticks by the CPU. Operating system does all of this stuff for us, all we have to do is, click on the program to run another program.

At a broader level

Now that the actual concept of multitasking has been shared, it is time to judge a brain’s capability to that of a CPU’s. Let us first of all talk about the broader level of comparison.

A brain, well… Let me talk about my brain while I am writing this post… I am listening to Eminem’s Rap God; awesome song by the way, I am writing this post, I am also chatting with 2 friends of mine and yeah I am also having another article in the queue for code reuse. All of these right at the very same time. I am not getting puzzled, neither am I tripping or loosing the grip from any of these processes; specially that Eminem’s song process. Now let me talk about CPU, my CPU (Intel i5) is performing well a lot of underlying process… But I will talk about those which I am running (because brain also manages the blood, body temperature, sensors and all and I won’t try to count them similarly the OS-based processes are not to be counted in this war), such as I am installing Android SDK, I am playing the music, I am writing this post and I am also having that other article stored and waiting for me to get back onto it and complete it.

From this above paragraph, it is clear to see that at a broader level of comparison, they’re totally alike. There is no difference between any of them, and you can say CPU works as brain.

At a micro level

Now let us talk about what happens at a micro level in both of these objects; CPU and brain. We all know, most of the devices (more specifically CPU) can execute one command at a time; it can be better described by the machine cycle, which is,

  1. Fetch — from RAM to the CPU registers
  2. Decode — Into operator and operands
  3. Execute — perform the operation
  4. Store — It can be a display operation, or to store the data in the RAM back.

Above can describe how the CPU works, and how it executes one command… To be specific, it also takes 4 steps to add 1 with 1; 1 + 1 = 2. We make it better, through pipelining to allow the processor to process 4 different commands in one cycle. Same thing comes with brain, brain performs one task at a time, but all of this happens in a very fast (but not very much fast). According to this very clear and fine research and calculation, our brain, can perform 20 million billion calculations per second. Intel’s i7 processor is capable of performing 298,190 million instructions per seconds; please see Wikipedia page for more.

Personal views…

Now this section might be about my personal views about science searches now a days. But you should read it anyways.

I would like to dis agree to those professors, who believe that human brain is not capable of doing anything… Are you serious? What you think helped humans create these high-speed computers you’re trying to embrace now. No matter how fast you can build the machine, it can never even touch or demonstrate the greatness of the creator. As it has been made clear enough that on the macro level they both act similar, or might even look like CPU is being fast enough to handle multitasking approach, but it is not the case. At the micro level, you will find out that brain is faster. How does then CPU win the race at the macro level?

That is because we… Humans; of this age are just too lame to be fast enough. I am having a very solid excuse for this statement. We, at a very tender age try to ask for a calculator when we have to multiply 23 with 4. I know that is somewhat confusing but, if we focus on it then we can easily get the answer, 92. Just a little focus can enable our mind capabilities which have been sleeping ever since our primary education, because of a computer the calculator. Although performance of our mind can be decreased with aging, but that still is not the case when CPU can over our capabilities. Not only this, stress can also bring down the muscle to a low performance stage, after all it is a muscle; genius one.

Although computer scientists believe that a dual-core is capable of performing two tasks at a time, well… Two brains can then perform two different actions simultaneously. What’s the big deal then? Nothing… No matter how better they perform, how fast they try to make their CPU and machines, they can never reach the strength at which human brain can act. Our brain is the fastest intelligent thing on this planet, we just need to blow away the dust of laziness from our brains. Also, what did Eminem say in his Oscar winning song, Lose yourself? “You can do anything you set your mind to, man!”

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They won a Nobel for Pakistan, Pakistan gave then No Bells for prize.

Pakistan, as it stands in 2014, has only two Nobel prize laureates. First one of them, Mohammad Abdus Salam and then came a young girl, Malala Yousafzai. Their story is somewhat same, and the first thing you will find common among them is that they’re Pakistani and they’re (Abdus Salam was) having a motto to make foreign people believe Pakistan is a state of peace and not of terrorism. But, they got hit by their own people and criticism started to hold tight onto them, not by others, but by the people of their own kind, Pakistanis.

Mohammad Abdus Salam

Abdus Salam. Photo was taken from Wikipedia (Link: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/53/Abdus_Salam_1987.jpg/830px-Abdus_Salam_1987.jpg)

Born on 29 January 1926, in Jhang (Punjab, Pakistan) was the first Pakistani to win a Nobel prize in 1979 for his remarkable work in Physics. He was the “one and only” guy behind the major idea of SUPARCO, fully named as “Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission”. His most remarkable work was the electroweak theory (for which he won the prize too). Salam is still remembered as the scientific father of mathematical and theoretical physics in Pakistan.

He did only work for himself, but tried his best to raise the Pakistani Physics community in the Physic community of world. Salam had worked in the threory of neutrino too.

Not only this, Salam has other contributions to the science, not locally but globally. Scientists and physicists specially all over the globe witness his greatness and his sincerity for science, humanity, and specially Pakistan. The first guy, to introduce the atomic bombs in 1971 was Abdus Salam when he travelled to United States and returned back with the theories for the Atomic bombs and weapons.

“in 1978, Abdus Salam with PAEC officials, paid a secret visit to China, and was an instrumental initiating the industrial nuclear cooperation between the two countries.”, is written inside the Book of Indian scholar Ravi Singh.

In 1974, he founded International Nathiagali Summer College (INSC) to promote science in his country. This witnesses the greatness and love of Abdus Salam for science in Pakistan, and the support of physicists in Pakistan for the innovation in Pakistan. Abdus Salam left Pakistan, for sake of inventions, because being an Ahmadi is an open invitation in Pakistan to kill him. He left Pakistan, but never forsaked Pakistan and the most prominent scientists in Pakistan, agree to accept him as their teacher and mentor. Salam left Pakistan only as a protest, because Ahmadis were declared non-muslims in constitution of Pakistan.

Salam was a devout Muslim, and had a firm belief in Islam. He was a member of Ahmaddiya Muslim Community and he saw his religion to be the common and essential part of his research and daily life work. He had written once,

The Holy Qur’an enjoins us to reflect on the verities of Allah’s created laws of nature; however, that our generation has been privileged to glimpse a part of His design is a bounty and a grace for which I render thanks with a humble heart.

Salam died in 1996, in Oxford at the age of 70. His body was sent back, and was burried in Bahishti Maqbira at the location of Rabwah, Punjab, Pakistan along with his parents. His tomb had the “First Muslim Nobel Laureate” written, but sooner, on orders by court, “Muslim” was removed from his grave.

Dr. Salam’s genius was like a magic… And there was always an element of eastern mysticism in his ideas that left one wondering how to fathom his genius…

Malala Yousafzai

Malala was born on 12 July 1997 in Swat Valley of Pakistan. She is an activist for female education in her own valley and is the youngest ever Nobel prize laureate. Her family runs a group of schools in their location and due to this fact, she always had a keen interest in education and wanted every single child to get education.

When she was just 11-12 she used to pen her feelings and thoughts, so that world outside Swat can know what and how she feels and how she has to fight back against terrorisms, stopping young girls from getting education. She wrote a blog for BBC which had her thoughts and her life, under the influence of terrorism. She wrote about Taliban taking over their schools, and the massacre that Taliban had created. Her blogs are underlinde by “Gul Mukai”.

Her first ever BBC blog was posted in 2009, she used to pen write them and then a scanner was involved to scan and email the blog posts to the BBC team.

School systems were banned in Swat by Taliban, this is the first step to ruin a community. In her blog she stated,

It seems that it is only when dozens of schools have been destroyed and hundreds others closed down that the army thinks about protecting them. Had they conducted their operations here properly, this situation would not have arisen.

The girls schools were re-opened, and she wrote in her blog post that she and her friends,

played a lot in class and enjoyed ourselves like we used to before

The strength of the class was growing, but however Taliban was still active and was working to stop girls from getting education. In a documentary created, she said,

I have a new dream … I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises.

She was, attacked because she was fighting for her rights, and after the incident she said,

I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.

Common things

The things that were common in them are much prominent and anyone can feel and get to know them. Not only they were Pakistani, but they were working devotedly for Pakistan and their people.

They worked, throughout their career (hopefully Malala does the same as Salam did) they worked hard to make sure their country, people and family is remembered as peace makers and good people and not as terrorists or dumb.

They both won Nobel prize, categories differ, Salam won it for Physics whereas Malala won it for Peace. Category doesn’t matter, atleast they won a Nobel prize for Pakistan and tried to let Pakistan move on step further in the list of countries with more than one Nobel prize laureates.

The final similarity among them is, that they’re both being criticized, in their own particular way. Abdus Salam was criticized and was called “non-muslim” and had to leave the country. They’re still asking “Why did he leave Pakistan?“. Malala is right now being criticized for doing nothing for Pakistan. Yes, she has done nothing, because Pakistan is a male dominated country and males here want people to do something for males only. No one would every care for women. Malala gets this attitude and gets called agent of US just because she is a lady with guts.

I have no more words to describe the stupidity of Pakistanis! Just the following picture and I am out. May Allah guide us all.

Malala and Abdus Salam, both are muslims, but still enemy of Islam and Pakistan? Think again.

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