23 August 2009

Connections

I believe every child has tremendous innate potential.

I remember being afraid of my imagination as a child, and if I relax deeply enough, I can try to remember what it was like to regard the realm of my mind equally valid and real as the one I explore with my mundane senses. I think different parts of the brain facilitate this, and that, unfortunately, as we get older, that part of the mind atrophies. It's more important to utilise what makes sure to take the garbage out, pay bills -- and most demanding -- care what other people think.

In the future, I think there will be biologists that map the evolution of the human mind. Our Age will be regarded as one with remarkably few focuses: the economy (productivity), and being successful. Perhaps we will be regarded as near-automata.

I imagine the brain mapped out like photos from Hubble, but in 3D, with false coloring showing activity and whatnot; a time lapse showing the parts of the brain utilized and developed as average for the time period; maybe even a sort of simplified code that simulates brain function as a set of algorithms and a tree of switches that reveal what areas of the brain were shut off simply because of belief, or habit.

We box ourselves in. We paint ourselves into a corner of our brains and stop making connections.

There's so much out there.

4 comments:

gustavolk-swagen said...

That's funny. I'm looking over "starred" items in my Google Reader feed, and I'm just now getting to read this. Tonight, as chance would have it I overheard a conversation about Neil DeGrasse Tyson saying (paraphrased hearsay, at this point), "The more I know, the more I realize how much I don't know."

Edward T. Babinski said...

Dave, Great post. Speaking of which the famed plant breeder, Luther Burbank, use to remark about the vast difference between a young plant grown with care and one deprived of rich soil and light, and that we ought to be even more concerned when it came to the growth of the world's children.

Edward T. Babinski said...

Dave, If you've never read Quantum Psychology or other books by Robert Anton Wilson and his discussion of "the fifth neurocircuit," you might want to peruse that book and some of his other works.

Dave said...

Thanks for the references. :)

Here are three examples of connections that branch out from the ideas in my post (which I had forgotten about) into three different realms of information I knew nothing about.

It would be fascinating to see how the Internet has changed and might further change the way the brain develops because of this ability to quickly access so much information and branch off into new pathways that would not have otherwise been perceived. I think about how isolated the world of information was just growing up in the late 80's and 90's ...