Is the Brain Smarter than a Computer?

Knowing Neurons is proud to present our inaugural entry in a new series of YouTube videos!  In this episode, Joel asks, “Is the brain smarter than a computer?”  With Joel as our tour guide, we embark on a journey through neurobiology, psychology, supercomputing, quantum physics, and even philosophy, all the while stopping on the street to ask the common person for thoughts and opinions.  Along the way, you’ll learn in what ways humans outperform computers, in what ways computers outperform humans, how the world’s most powerful supercomputers are simulating the human brain, the limits of human memory, how chess grandmasters memorize chess positions, what information in your brain is accessible to your conscious mind, and what it means to live in a simulation.

Buckle your seat belts, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Is the brain a computer? (0:00)

Interviews and opinions (0:55)

Blue Brain Project (2:47)

Working memory (3:23)

Neural computation (5:00)

K-computer simulation (5:59)

What is reality? (6:59)

Schrodinger’s Cat and the Copenhagen interpretation (8:06)

Outro (8:29)

Bonus (9:04)

Joel Frohlich

Joel Frohlich is a postdoc studying consciousness in the lab of Martin Monti at UCLA. He recently completed his PhD in neuroscience in the lab of Shafali Jeste at UCLA, examining EEG biomarkers of neurodevelopmental disorders. You can also check out Joel's blog Consciousness, Self-Organization, and Neuroscience on Psychology Today. On Knowing Neurons, Joel writes only for himself. For more about Joel's research and writing, please visit Joel's website at

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