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    One of the first experiments with the virtual neocortical column was to simulate brain development over time.  Scientists had assumed brain development involved changing the way neurons connect to each other.  It's doesn't.  It's a random process.  That insight let them understand why you can lose part of your brain and recover.  There is nothing special about the circuitry so rewiring is remarkably easy.

    Also, a single human neuron has the same computing power as an average labtop computer.  An adult human has 100 billion neurons.

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