Hmm, tough question. On rare occasions, I lean wholeheartedly toward magician, but, no, I’m a full-time resident in the thief camp — more or less.
Guess what word broke out of captivity this afternoon, for no particular reason whatsoever. Fanlight. Its arrival stopped me dead in my tracks. Where in the world did it come from and why was it skulking around up there? Those questions made me wonder: what else is my brain hiding and why is it holding out on me? We’re supposed to be a team.
Let’s think about this a minute. I can’t be the only one who’s experiencing these neurological shenanigans, so I did some checking —
Turns out, the average brain comprises only 2% ( + / – ) of a person’s body mass, yet hogs 20% of its oxygen and calories. So here we are, hauling it around wherever we go, day and night, night and day, filling it with information and entertainment, and what do we get for our trouble? Secrecy and subterfuge.
Another revealing factoid claims the brain has more than 100,000 miles of neurons and generates a ballpark figure of 70,000 thoughts a day. Well, I did the math. That works out to less than one thought per mile. Is that the best it can do? One measly thought per mile?
Such a lop-sided ratio would be acceptable, I suppose, if those thoughts were world-changers and spectacular. Mine are not. They’re less Einstein, more Yogi Bear. Or Evel Knievel. Or Monk. Nothing to write home about, anyway. But, once, maybe twice, a decade I’ll get a thought that leaves me utterly dazzled and speechless. I remember them clearly; I remember where I was and how tingly it felt when the light blinked on. I live for those moments, the ones when I leap joyously into the magician camp with both feet.
The brain and its operations are, in fact, a near total mystery, so let’s just classify it as that: a fascinating, unknowable mystery. However, science has gathered some intriguing information about the old bean, take a look:
And now, mine is tired. Thank you for spending valuable bandwidth on my rambling. Have a lovely week, all!
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