My Neurons

by B.J. on 9/12/2004 10:32:00 AM 2 comments Print this post

at the back of a cal state la gen ed class oO00Oo
Why is the professor talking about this? I thought this was cultural anthro.
I dunno-- maybe he's like one of those social science majors who knows his field really borders more on humanities side of the academic spectrum...which it seems like it should since it is the study of people right? anyways--that has an inferiority complex with the science department folks so he uneccessarily incorperates all this uneccessary technical & scientific stuff in his lecture.
oh okay. like the academic crotch grab.
you know like when rappers grab themselves to reassure themselves of their masculenity--except mentally
heh. cool. intellectual crotch grab. or like those bio majors that try and diagnose their roommate with a disease they learned about that day in lecture
yah maybe that too. but shut up. he's coming over.
well i mean i guess he's supposed to know what he's talking about-- i mean the department is named after him

Couldn't help but bust out laughing
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Yeah, 9/11 was yesterday. Sad.

But anyway,

On to one psuedoscientific theory of mine (which reads more like a post for me to inspire me).

Neurons keep firing when you think. (At least that's what I heard while half-listening during one of these depressing, gloomy kind of days that kinda resemble the music video and mental images proudced by "Stan" by Eminem.) But as most people know, we all think at different rates. So to represent how we all think, I divided people into two categories people fall into: the thinker (slow-wit) and the doer (quick-wit).

Phenotypically, it appears that the doer thinks faster, when in actuality the thinker's mind is pumping more thoughts. However, the doer simply does things with less questioning. On the other hand, the multitude of thoughts makes the thinker hesitant to respond as quickly and then subsequently appear slow-witted.

Since I consider myself more of a thinker than a doer, I theorize that (without having taken any neuroscience classes and only a basic psych class in high school in which we touched on this subject) my neurons are plenty, scattered, tiny, and thick little things effective for thinking. The reason they are plenty and scattered are because my brain has had too much time to the point where it breaks down and analyzes every little thing and every little possibility.

Since they are plenty and scattered, it's initially hard for me to make even what most would consider the most basic connections. For example, it has been really hard (meaning it takes longer than usual) for me to understand math. But once I get it, I get it. And get everything else about that concept too. Sign, seal, and deliver it. This is where the thickness of the neurons comes into play. Since those neurons are thick, the knowledge it carries will be firmly implanted so that it doesn't get knocked around, and with that thick base the knowledge grows exponentially until I move on to a new topic.

In contrast, the doer's neurons seems like it consists of these lines of already-connected neurons effective for connecting things quickly. They need it if they're going to act on what they know right away. I think these are the people that are more mathematically inclined or get match much quicker and try to apply their thinking in terms of variables to humanistic things like politics. However, their mindset when it comes to politics tends to bend and curve.

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