It's evening. Shall we watch TV (if we had one), go for a walk, have another coffee, or perhaps go to bed early?
|Not just beauty ... When one of the fairer gender comes up with a bright answer for a thorny problem, don't be surprised. She really has more of the vital grey stuff than men. Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash|
And it's what lets us remember happenings from childhood, paint pictures, sew a jumper, know how and when to plant cucumber seeds.
No prizes for guessing the brain, which your brain no doubt suggested very promptly.
'A glass of wine, darling?' she asks and it's the brain, too, engaged as it might be in plotting a new story that offers a yes or no.
It's an extraordinary part of us, of each of us, and it makes us good at crossword puzzles, lets us read, recalls happenings from ages ago, and politely says yes or no to an offer of more wine.
|... a scientist about to be guillotined in the 1700s told his assistant that he would blink as many times as he could to prove that the head remains conscious about fifteen to twenty seconds after decapitation...|
Commands by the brain
We seldom ask ourselves why we are doing what we are doing at this very moment, and yet we follow the commands of the brain all the time.
And whatever we're doing, it's because the brain told us to.
The great corporal sits above our shoulders and commands us, the rest of our body, to do its bidding.
At the moment, mine is telling me to write this blog. Only a few moments ago, it commanded that I prepare a meal, eat it, put the dishes there and there, but not to even think of washing up until the subject of the blog is decided upon … and then the thing written, in – the brain adds – as few words as possible.
After that burst of bullying, what deserves more to be in the spotlight than our dictatorial brains?
And fortunately for this article - this blog - the excellent inbox visitor, Delancey Place, throws some fascinating light onto our power of thinking.
We learn that the average brain comprises weighs just two percent of each of us, yet it demands 25 percent of the oxygen we breathe in.
Each day brains generate more electrical impulses than all the phones in the world put together,' reports the book that Delanceyplace is enjoying.
Complex and orderly
"The human three-pound brain is the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter known in the universe,' it reports.
The book of the brain carries the dopiest title, The World's Greatest Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham and the Useless Information Society.
However, ignore the title and note these astonishing points and I suspect you'll be keen to read much more of the book.
For instance, 'The human three-pound brain is the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter known in the universe.
'On average, a woman's brain makes up 2.5% of her body weight. A man's brain only contributes 2% of his body weight.'
And what about this very strange post-life detail? 'The human brain continues to send out electrical wave signals for up to 36 hours following death.'
In a delve into history, the authors found that a scientist about to be guillotined in the 1700s told his assistant that he would blink as many times as he could to prove that the head remains conscious about fifteen to twenty seconds after decapitation.
The assistant dutifully counted fifteen to twenty blinks. Clever brain.