The Thought I Woke Up With #196


Have you ever heard of Tianhe-2, Milky to his mates? No. Well, allow me to illuminate. Milky was until very recently the mightiest supercomputer on the planet. The Titanic of the computerized world, you might say. Perhaps an unfortunate analogy but you know what I’m saying, right? Milky’s like, huge! Pumps out a whopping 33.86 petaflops of raw computing power.

If you don’t know what a petaflop is, neither do I, except that it’s a quadrillion (thousand trillion) floating point operations per second (FLOPS). Pretty impressive ha!

When I say Milky was, the mightiest, I mean as at earlier this month another Chinese supercomputer has taken top spot. It’s called Sunway, TaihuLight, and that baby is at 93 petaflops.

Super computers, as you can imagine, are used to perform monumentally large and complex tasks and functions. Tasks and functions such as nuclear weaponry, quantum mechanics, nuclear fusion, climate research and modeling, simulations of the early moments of the universe, computational science, and so on.

What is also interesting is the supercomputers have hundreds, or even thousands, smaller computers, e.g. laptops, to which they send parts of the common problem being worked on, to. The smaller computers work on their specific tasks, then send their findings back to the supercomputer which in turn integrates those results into the general solution.

Computers are impressive. Their power is truly awesome and what is yet to come cannot even be imagined.

But here’s the thing, dear reader. As massively colossal and breathtaking as supercomputer power is, it does not even begin to compare with that which is at your disposal.

Yes. You have the power over an instrument, a utensil that can not only simulate the early moments of the universe, it created the universe.

The instrument in question being, your mind.

Mind is so powerful that if you were to measure its power in petaflops the number would be infinite. Yes. Infinite, and that is no exaggeration.

The best way to try and explain it is to say that everything you see, think, feel, touch, smell and sense comes through, and from, mind.

To say that mind is misunderstood would be a colossal understatement. That would also be a misrepresentation. Mind is misunderstood because that’s its primary function. Minds job is to confuse, sidetrack and divert attention. That’s what mind does. You don’t know about its machinations because you have never looked at mind as being the thing that makes everything happen.

You look at what mind produces, but never at how it produces it; you look at the screen, but never at the projector.

When you turn and look at the projector, you then see where everything in your life, including the image you see in the mirror, comes from.

But that’s not the best part dear reader. The very best part is that when you turn your attention from the screen to the projector, and you see how your movie is being made, you then, ask yourself the one question that you haven’t dared ask … who’s the filmmaker?

Until tomorrow,


The Thought I Woke Up With #196

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