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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Thoughts about central nervous systems

  • It’s a bit of an old wive’s tale that you only use about 10 percent of your brain. (Incidentally, who are these old wives who seem so knowledgeable about everything, anyway? I can imagine a National Institute of Old Wives, where senior ladies in white lab coats run around like the scientists in Q’s lab in the James Bond movies, testing vague theories to spread gossip about....)
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  • It’s a bit of an old wive’s tale that you only use about 10 percent of your brain.
    (Incidentally, who are these old wives who seem so knowledgeable about everything, anyway? I can imagine a National Institute of Old Wives, where senior ladies in white lab coats run around like the scientists in Q’s lab in the James Bond movies. testing vague theories to spread gossip about,)
    Anyway, what if that’s true? What if you only use 10 percent of your brain?
    Some implications:
    • There’s a lot of unused space in your head. Why not just have 90 percent of your brain removed? Just keep the part you make use of and clear out the rest?
    By definition you’d never notice the difference, and you could put a hinged door there to make a convenient little glove compartment in your head to store gum and Kleenix.
    • Maybe there are another nine personalities in your head, all thinking their own thoughts. Kind of a scary thought, huh?
    Actually, it’s a really scary thought.
    • What if the other 90 percent  of your brain is busy controlling other beings in other dimensions? Who says this body in this dimension is the only one your brain controls?
    • What has that 10 percent done to get so powerful, and what if the rest rebels? What if the other 90 percent suddenly decided to take control all at once? Who would you be then?
    Me, I think the other 90 percent is just busy processing whatever the 10 percent you’re aware of is doing.
    After all, the visible part of the computer screen isn’t the part that does the actual thinking....
    . . . . .
    One common super hero type is the person who can transform into another form of being.
    The classic example to people of a certain age is the Wonder Twins, from the old Super Friends Saturday morning cartoon. The boy could transform himself into any form of water (ice, fog, etc.), while the girl could turn into any form of animal.
    If I had the power to transform into anything else I wanted, I’d be too terrified to do it. Would I be able to switch back to me?
    Say a burglar breaks into my house and I proclaim, “Form of a gorilla!” and turn into an 800-pound gorilla.
    Well, that’s fine for scaring away burglars, but would I then have the brain of a gorilla? Would it ever occur to me to say, “Okay, change back into form of Josh, now?” or would the ability to do that much be gone forever?
    Page 2 of 2 - Or what if, to protect myself from flying bullets, I say, “Form of a granite block!” and pbbbbbt, change into a 200-pound block of granite?
    Okay, fair enough. But blocks of granite don’t have central nervous systems. It could take 4,000 years for a block of granite to form a complete thought, and that thought might only be “Duh.”
    After eight million years have passed, I might be able to complete the thought, “Form of Josh again,” and turn back into me — me eight million years from now.
    If I had that super power, I’d start off small. I’d turn into something like, “Form of Josh’s identical twin!” just to see how it goes.
    Then again, how do you know I haven’t already done that....
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