I don't think about the brain - or my own brain, for that matter - often, or much. Even so, it's a faculty I use nearly 24/7 - with or without cognition (how about THAT word?), or appreciation. How shortsighted of me.
However, in the world of all things cyber or virtual, I simply cannot ignore the brain's very REAL capacity to grow, store knowledge, be inspired & inspire in turn, assess, decide, and the like. I have no difficulty understanding why it is that man uses but a small fraction of it ... or not at all. It is, plain & simple - a gift meant to be used with great intentionality.
This subject-matter (and gray matter), gives a whole new context to the term: "Think about it!"
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.
Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer,
he asked him, “Of all the commandments,
which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:
‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and
with all your soul
and with all your mind
and with all your strength.’
Mark 12:28-30, Deuteronomy 6:4-5
You needn't read further, but if you're curious at all about this amazing machine, check it out:
Behavior, abstract thought processes, problem solving, attention, creative thought, some emotion, intellect, reflection, judgment, initiative, inhibition, coordination of movements, generalized and mass movements,
some eye movements, sense of smell, muscle movements, skilled movements, some motor skills, physical, reaction, libido (sexual urges),
Occipital Lobe: vision, reading
Parietal Lobe: sense of touch (tactile sensation), appreciation of form through touch, response to internal stimuli, sensory combination and comprehension, some language and reading functions, some visual functions
Temporal Lobe: auditory memories, some hearing, visual memories, some vision pathways, othe memory, music, fear, some language, some speech, some behavior amd emotions, sense of identity
Right Hemisphere: controls the left side of the body, temporal and spatial relationships, analyzing nonverbal information, communicating emotion
Left Hemisphere: controls the right side of the body, produce and understand language
THE CEREBELLUM: balance, posture, cardiac, respiratory, and vasomotor centers
THE BRAIN STEM: Motor and sensory pathway to body and face, vital centers: cardiac, respiratory, vasomotor - hypothalamus, mMoods and motivation, sexual maturation, temperature regulation, hormonal body processes, optic chiasm, vision and the optic nerve, Pituitary Gland, hormonal body processes, pPhysical maturation, growth (height and form), sexual functioning, spinal cord, conduit and source of sensation and movement, pineal body
The brain is a wonderful organ;
it starts working the moment you get up in the morning
and does not stop until you get into the office.
~ Robert Frost
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,
it's a way of looking at life through
the wrong end of a telescope.
Which is what I do, and that enables you
to laugh at life's realities.
~ Dr. Seuss
Resource: Enchanted Learning, The Human Brain