Interesting article in the Guardian about a body part that few understand and some have trouble using. I have never fully accepted the theory about being dominated by one side of the brain. My limited talents tend to suggest that one side works at times, the other at times, and the whole shebang often or not at all. Research now seems to support my assumption.
I am not a scientist or a scholar. Mostly, I am a cynic, who calls ‘em as he sees ‘em. I observe and reach conclusions, if inclined to think. Here is one example.
I have been watching a child grow and often try to figure out what might be happening inside the small, but growing brain. Some things are easy to figure out by watching similar behavior day after day or seeing the child repeat an action learned the day before. I can deduce from a choice of direction, after a pause, what he had remembered and what he will do.
Despite being aware of growing memories/intelligence, I was surprised yesterday by repetition of an action that has not been done or observed for six months. That proves that the brain was collecting memories at an age of eight months, which were called up many months later...all without outside help or impulse.
My uncle immigrated to Canada many years ago, perhaps to avoid the rush. I'm not sure if he went because of a job offer or to escape some unpleasant aspect of American life. I can understand both, and have often looked fondly on life "up north". Perhaps, this came from a fondness for hockey. As I grew older, the winters changed my assessment of the place, and I am happy to have immigrated to a different "socialist" world. But, I do miss the hockey…
If you think you are slow or slowing down, then read this to understand reality: all humans are slow. Live with it...and wear your seatbelt.
A few weeks ago, I saw a program on how the brain works. It was interesting, informative, and thought-provoking. Once again, I marveled at human achievement…in which brains played a role.
Yesterday, I had a strange thought. Brains are stuffed with knowledge, experience, and memories throughout a lifetime…and then they stop working. Everything not written down or recorded—which is never a record of everything--is lost. Scientists believe that 90% of human activity is driven by unconscious thought, so more than 90% of even the most prolific recorder of his or her life is gone.
The program showed the cross-section, and a doctor pointed out sections of the brain. It looked like a piece of meat…which it was at that stage in its existence. When alive, a constant flow of electric impulses had coursed through billions of whatever it’s made up of…and the switched is thrown. Even a library survives better…
I found the below words on a piece of paper in my collection of pieces of paper. I cannot tell if this is an original thought or copied. I usually noted the source of anything that I write down, because I do not want to end up in jail for plagiarism. That said, it seems a bit too profound to have come from my simple mind.
A closed mind is like a treadmill, always following the same fixed round. It never seeks something better.
A closed mind requires the ability to ignore new impulses and to adapt.
An open mind is like a maze, forcing one to find the best way. One even makes wrong choices or hits dead ends along the way.
An open mind requires the ability to try again, to admit mistakes, and to unlearn.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.