RWM: Do we store everything in our brains?
I love to think! The only problem is that I enjoy thinking so much that sometimes (OK, a lot) it’s hard for me to get back to sleep at night when I wake up in the early morning hours. There are so many things to think about, and so many questions to ponder!
One question I have is: Do we store everything we process mentally in our brains? Or do our brains, like our body, have a way to eliminate some of what we take in?
My guess is that somehow our brains record everything we read, hear, speak, and think, but we don’t always know how to access that memory. I mean, perhaps some people who have perfect recall just have a door unlocked, so to speak, in their brain that allows easy access to their internal library, whereas the rest of us only get to go through the door sometimes or have another kind of limited access. Kind of like a key has unlocked a door to them whereas the rest of us are waiting for the key to be turned?
I don’t know.
Or could it be that our brains, like our houses, get organized by the way we are brought up: the books we read, the conversations we hear and have, the music we listen to? In my home, I know where most everything is in each bedroom because I have organized it to the extent that everything has a place. Of course, the is one room where we stash stuff that we don’t know what to do with yet or don’t have time to deal with that second. You know: where you stick the piles that you just have to get rid of fast in order to set the table for dinner or company. 🙂 At least, I have piles like that!
So if, in our brains, we knew where we had “stuck” everything, would be able to access it?
Or if we could “clean up” our minds, neurologically speaking, we could access more of our memory?
Or is it possible that if we learned how to simply hold onto the positive and let go of the negative, that our minds would be better organized and more accessible? We could access more creative energy and thinking?
I admit that I believe that to some extent we store the books we read, the movies we watch, the music we hear, the conversations we have, the images we see, and the experiences we have because I am able to recall parts from all of those sometimes. I can remember a story from my childhood, or a quote I read at a friend’s home, or a part from a conference talk, or a tune that I loved. Of course, I have no idea how those are stored in my brain or how I access them! I just know that I do.
That belief certainly has had an impact on the “brain food” I have served up my children. I’ve tried to select the best books, music, movies, etc., for my children to watch. Not that I can choose everything for them. At some point, they begin to choose for themselves. But I have tried to give them a taste for the best to help them choose well.
Someday, I’d love to be a neurologist. The brain fascinates me.
But not instead of my life right now. So while I’m living my life now, I’ll just keep reading and thinking and wondering…
P.S. There’s a very interesting blog post associated with that cool image that talks about literal nutrition for the brain. Click on it to go there.