Your brain doesn’t contain memories: it is memories
“Every sensory experience triggers changes in the molecules of your neurons, reshaping the way they connect to one another. That means your brain is literally made of memories, and memories constantly remake your brain.”
The flip side of memory is forgetting: the delete switch in your brain
“Have you ever felt like your brain is full? Maybe when starting a new job, or deep in a project. You’re not sleeping enough, even though you’re constantly taking in new information. Well, in a way, your brain actually is full.”
But we could be wrong about how our brain forms memories
“The researchers are hopeful their study can provide new insights into the fight against diseases that induce memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
We still have a lot to learn about the brain: like this giant neuron wrapped around the brain that we do not understand yet
“In any case, claustrum is clearly an unfathomably important region of the brain. The mysterious, newly identified crown of thorns only highlights the importance of finding out what on Earth its function actually is.”
Beyond pondering the brain itself, some wonder where the mind resides.
“No doubt, the brain plays an incredibly important role. But our mind cannot be confined to what’s inside our skull, or even our body, according to a definition first put forward by Dan Siegel, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and the author of a recently published book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human.”
Finally, here are 5 brain skills that will become more valuable in the future
“Indeed, as Swart points out, there’s a growing understanding that deeply human capabilities–the skills, including those rooted in emotional intelligence, that aren’t so easily automated–may be rising in value in the future job market.”
Lots to thick about in these links — I hope you enjoy them.