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Sunday, February 23, 2014

How the Brain interprets stuff

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The human brain is quite a bio-engineering master piece. By using electricity to shoot chemicals back and forth between an intricate number of connected brain cells, it allows us to think, feel, see and wonder how this all works.

Not only is it evolving like a magical spider web when we are born, it also keeps us alive when we are sleeping at night. Imagine what it would take to always remember to have your heart beat and to breath in and out – we would not get anything done :-).

And with all the crazy and amazing technologies we have now-a-days, we still don’t know how we actually remember ‘stuff’.

Even more amazing – at least to me – is the ability to comprehend and to assimilate. Do me a favor and read the following text:

7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5! 1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7 N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H 0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15.

Quite amazing – isn’t it ? Don’t forget though – learning correct spelling is still important ! Yet it seems not critical to our survival. Just in case you were not able to read the text above, this is the text in ‘normal’ writing. Read it and then read the text above again: THIS MESSAGE SERVES TO PROVE HOW OUR MINDS CAN DO AMAZING THINGS! IMPRESSIVE THINGS! IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS HARD BUT NOW, ON THIS LINE YOUR MIND IS READING IT AUTOMATICALLY WITH OUT EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT, BE PROUD! ONLY CERTAIN PEOPLE CAN READ THIS.

A great book – I can personally recommend – to learn more about the brain, is BRAIN RULES by John Medina. An amazing book with simple rules that one can follow and understand (as well as the genetical biological details for the nerds in us).

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How the Brain interprets stuff