Something Funny Happened on the way to Puberty  

greentncouple 43M/43F
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6/28/2006 8:40 pm

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Something Funny Happened on the way to Puberty



Ok, I am not going to write about anythign prepubescent, but I liked that title when it came to me.

(warning you beforehand, I am a major dork)

A friend and I had a good discussion today about the human brain. I am a software engineer by trade, so, of course, when I think about the brain, I think about it related to computers. And the brain is my second favorite thing to think about (the first being time and I may write my thoughts on time someday but that will be a LONG post).

Everything you have ever seen, heard, tasted, smelled, or felt is remembered exactly in your brain somewhere. It does not matter how smart you are for this to be true. Intelligence is determined by your ability to recall the memories quickly and to associate the memories with each other. This association is what leads to imagination and deduction.

The recall and association abilities are determined by the brains ability to "map" the memories. Some brains perform this mapping more efficiently than others, thus some people are "smarter" than others. The problem is that, no matter how efficient the memories are mapped, the transmission of all the bits of data concerning a single memory, exactly, would be a very resource straining process. That is why our brain has a unique ability that man-made computers do not yet have: the brain translates all memories to an idea, a summary. This idea is a very high level view of the memory, many of the details are left out.

That is not to say that the details are lost, they are still in there somewhere. There have probably been times you had a memory for a long time, you thought back to that memory many times. Then one day you see a dog or hear a song or something, and you are like, "Where did I see/hear that before?" After pondering you realize that it is encapsulated in that memory that you have been referencing over and over. You had just not been referencing the detail.

Another part of brain dynamics that interests me is muscle memory. I said earlier that I think of the brain like a computer, but that is not exactly true. The brain is not A computer; it is a computer farm. The megatron (not leader of the decepticons) computer that handles our thoughts and manages our systems is like the enterprise network server. There are many clients in the server. These clients have different specific responsibilities, one would process out sight, one out muscles, one out hearing, etc.

I am not a tennis player. If I were to play a game of tennis, every time the ball came to me, I would see it, the sight server would send the images to the megatron for processing, the megatron would process it then send the result to the muscles so that I could hit the ball back. But if I kept playing tennis, eventually the megatron would be like, "geez! This task is boring, you send me the same stuff, I do the same stuff, send the same stuff to the same muscle clients, I hate this." Because the megstron hates to be bored, it would forge a by-pass connection between the sensory clients and the muscle clients. This by-pass connection would be used anytime the same certain sensory inputs are recieved.

This is why Andre Agassi can react SO much faster than me when playing tennis. His megatron has forged by-pass connections for nearly every possible event in a tennis match.

It is when the megatron decides to get involved that these connections get "bugged" and the reaction time slows. When an athelete says, "My mind was not in the game." What really happened is that their mind WAS in the game. It is when an atheletes conscious mind "goes to sleep" and lets the perfectly mapped by-passes take over, that they are at the top of their game.

ok, I could go on all night, but I will spare you for now... I amgoing to bed, good night.


TheCliticals 36F/F

6/30/2006 12:39 am

Amazing . I had sex for a week with a tennis pro last year and his forestroke was incredible
Sandy


greentncouple 43M/43F

6/30/2006 4:09 pm

    Quoting TheCliticals:
    Amazing . I had sex for a week with a tennis pro last year and his forestroke was incredible
    Sandy
hehehe, See how good things are when you keep your brain out of it!


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