Are You Taking Care Of Your Brain?
Have you ever wondered, in computer terms, what’s the memory capacity of the human brain? There are no precise answers, but here are some estimates:
Over a hundred years ago, researchers noticed that substances introduced into the bloodstream enter every area of the body—except the brain, and spinal cord. That fact is astonishing, because an immense network of tiny capillary vessels takes blood to every cell in the brain. All brain cells are cleaned, fed, and oxygenated by blood. So, how can our blood be kept separate from our brain cells? For many years it was a mystery.
Microscopic blood vessels are not like plastic tubes that keep what’s inside separate from what’s outside. The walls of blood vessels are made of cells. These cells allow substances and microbes to pass through them and between them. However, the cells making up the blood vessels in our brain are different. They’re tightly connected to each other. These cells, and the tight junctions between them are amazing. Vast arrays of complex mechanisms ensure that some things—such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and glucose—pass between the bloodstream and the brain in a regulated way. But other compounds, proteins, and cells are kept out. So the blood-brain barrier operates at a molecular level to produce physical, chemical, and electrical barriers.
According to Robert Birge, a chemistry professor at Syracuse University who is pioneering the use of natural proteins to store computer data, the memory of the human brain is between one, and 10 trillion bytes or “terabytes.” For perspective, that’s equal to 1,000 one-gigabyte hard drives.
The Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders states that the long-term memory capacity of the human brain “is virtually unlimited.”
Interestingly, biochemist Isaac Asimov, in commenting on the brain’s capacity, noted that its filing system is “perfectly capable of handling any load of learning, and memory which the human being is likely to put upon it—and a billion times more than that quantity, too.”
Simplify your life:
People in the Network Marketing business have a tendency to do too many things at once, so there is a need to be cautious in how much you tend to do at once. According to Professor Noreen Herzfeld, who teaches computer science at Saint John’s University, in Minnesota, U.S.A., “people really can’t multitask. The brain cannot concentrate on several things simultaneously.” She adds: “Over time, multitasking erodes our ability to pay focused, close attention, and this eventually eats away at traits such as patience, tenacity, judgment, and problem solving.”
If you are in the Network Marketing business, “slow down and smell the roses,” as the old adage says. Make time to enjoy life. Make time to establish deep friendships with a few people, rather than pursuing shallow friendships with a huge network of people. Budget your time, and set your priorities wisely. Beware of time-wasting hobbies, and gadgets.
If possible, engage in some form of exercise, even if it is only walking. Physical activity can get you out of the house. Furthermore, moderate exercise triggers the release of endorphins; chemical substances in the brain that can make you feel better.
To think about:
With astonishing efficiency, the brain decodes the streams of signals pouring in through the nerves from the sense organs. Moreover, it links these signals with details stored in its memory. Thus, a certain smell may immediately trigger the brain to retrieve a long-forgotten experience or event. If you see just a small part of something familiar—the tip of your cat’s tail, for example—your brain will fill in the missing details so that you know your cat is nearby.
How does your brain feel, hear, see, and smell? Scientists are baffled. “There is no hint in your brain as to how you see the words you are now reading,” said scientist Gerald L. Schroeder. He also wrote: “Revelation of the previously unimagined intricate workings of the brain has challenged the simplistic theory of life’s random evolution.” He continued: “Had Darwin known of the wisdom hidden within life, I have confidence that he would have proposed a very different theory.”
Yes the human brain is a computer unparalleled, but care needs to be taken that just like a regular computer it can crash as well. So take good care of your marvelous unparalleled computer brain!