The Brain

Left and right of the brain

The brain is divided into two sides, left and right. Each side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body. The different sides of the brain control different kinds of mental thought processes. The left side is used when handling mental activities like logic, lists, words, numbers, sequence, analysis and other similar activities. While the right side of the brain handles different kinds of activities like color, rhythm, imagination, daydreaming, dimension, music, spatial awareness and other similar activities. Most people have one side that is much stronger than the other side. Studies have shown that if the weaker side was stimulated and encouraged to work in cooperation with the stronger side the end result was a great increase in overall ability and effectiveness. In school, we are often trained reading, writing and arithmetic all using only the left-brain. If you performed well in these categories you were considered intelligent, while artistically talented and musical were not considered as intelligent. So the most intelligent person should be someone that knows how to use both sides of his/her brain. To be able to use both sides together will maximize the brain’s potential.

Brain cells

The brain is composed of millions of tiny cells called neurons. The brain cells are like a tiny octopus, having a center or nucleus and a large number of little tentacles radiating in all directions from it. Each of these tentacles had thousands of tiny protuberances, much like the suction pads on the tentacles of the octopus, but protruding from all sides of the tentacle. The average brain contains 10,000,000,000 individual neurons. It has long thought that the number of brain cells determined the comparative intelligence of the person, but this has proven incorrect.

Connections and pathways

The number of brain cells does not determine intelligence. It has to do with the little protuberances on the brain cells’ tentacles. Each protuberance is connected to at least one other, and by means of electrochemical impulses these two could form little patterns with other individuals and other groups. The brain is interlinked with patterns formed by the thousands of protuberances on the many arms of the many millions of brain cells. The more connections you have the more intelligent you are.

Improving with age

For a long time, it has been assumed that the brain declines with age, reaching a peak between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four, and deteriorating steadily from then on. This decline was held to include most mental abilities like recall, retention, numerical ability, alertness, and vocabulary. These claims were proven incorrect. If the brain is stimulated, no matter at what age, it will physically grow more protuberances on each brain cell’s tentacles and that these protuberances will increase the total number of connections within the human brain. Even though we lose brain cells continually throughout our lives and causes serious mental decline fades into insignificance, we can generate new connections much faster than the average loss of brain cells. Even if we lose around 10,000 brain cells a day from the time we are born, we have started with so many that the total number lost by the age of eighty would be less than three percent.