THE ULTIMATE ENGINEERING MARVEL
What is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him? Psalm 8:4
“fly’ within our bodies and be happy … but only when dreaming. When we wake, bitter reality returns.” Margaret Atwood
The universe is filled with infinite intricacies. The pond-dwelling, single-celled organism
Oxytricha trifallax can break its DNA into nearly a quarter-million pieces. However, when it is
time to mate, it may precisely reassemble all the parts and continue its life journey. Similarly, the
human brain is the most intricately woven and highly organized matter in the known universe.
With 100 billion neurons, 100 trillion connections, and 10- to 50-fold more glial cells, what the
brain does amazes us.
Have you ever asked yourself what's going on in your brain in a minute? By the time you read one page (say 1 minute,450 words if you read fast), your brain would have processed 1200
quadrillion bits of information. That is 12, followed by 17 zeroes. (There are 100 billion neurons
in the brain. Each neuron fires 200 times/second and connects about 1000 other neurons). Even
the slightest slip-up would compromise all the molecular machinery. With great precision,
perfect coordination, and more than the swiftness of lightning, all these mind-boggling molecular
processes occur within your brain in just one minute.
LET US PONDER
I have mentioned only a single biological event in the human brain. The human body has eleven
major organ systems; each system is complicated but works together in remarkable coordination.
For example, we have 60,000 miles of blood vessels inside our bodies. It's over twice the
distance around the world. The pumping heart circulates all the essential fluids and nutrients
around. Five hundred million alveoli filter other gases and make oxygen readily available, and
more than 100 million rods and 6-7 million cones are constantly working to provide vision. We
are awe-struck when we contemplate the power of God, who designed this remarkable
engineering marvel called the human body. George Gallup said, “I could prove God statistically.
Take the human body alone - the chances that all the functions of an individual would just
happen is a statistical monstrosity.” Nobel Prize-winning scientist Arno Penzias puts it, “The
best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the first
five books of Moses, the Psalms, and the Bible as a whole.”