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10 Facts about the Brain That Prove We’re Capable of Anything

This is beyond amazing.

When it comes to the power and the significance of the human brain, experts from a wide array of fields have extremely varying viewpoints. Albert Einstein believed that “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking,” which should remind us that true knowledge requires critical thinking in addition to mere close observation. Nikola Tesla once said that “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success. . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” So for Tesla, the power of the mind is a genuinely emotional matter.

Modern-day genius Stephen Hawking likens our entire cyber-age to the human mind: “We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” Truths like these definitely make the concept of a naturally, completely connected Universe seem more likely than unlikely. However, Neil deGrasse Tyson focuses on the innerworkings of the mind: “Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.” Think about that again. Wow.

With all of that being said, scrutinize the list below in order to master your own brain—and in order to realize degrees of potential and achievement that you’ve never imagined were possible.

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This could explain why some dreams and fantasies can seem so vivid and real. Also, it means that if you think positive in general, there’s a good chance that what you experience in reality will generally feel positive.

 

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This is difficult to swallow at first, but if you really think about it, our brain can be working a mile-a-minute while you’re engaged in enjoyable activities—and you can easily feel more mentally energized than drained afterward. What’s more, science proves this: blood flow to the human brain remains about the same whether you’re thinking hard or not thinking at all.

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It’s a little scary to think that your brain is operating without your conscious guidance most of the time—but it’s still easy to believe. How many times have you suddenly realized that you “haven’t been thinking” for at least a few minutes before (also known as “spacing-out”)? However, perhaps knowing that we could all think about what we’re doing far more frequently will end up increasing thought over time.

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This one is easy to believe as well: how many times have you just realized or decided that you’re hungry and then all of the sudden you begin noticing every single restaurant and coffee shop on every street within sight?

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This is difficult to perfectly envision, but it makes perfect sense: if you don’t get any physical exercise whatsoever, your muscles will eventually wither away—if you don’t get a significant amount of mental exercise, your brain will significantly wither.

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So, I guess it’s a good thing that most of the time our consciousness is a little detached from our brain anyway.

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Fair enough: because you brain doesn’t sleep when you do, you need to provide it with breaks while you’re awake.

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Finally—a legitimate reason to utilize while attempting to rationalize being late for something or forgetting something!

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This is a little surprising, but it makes sense: in order for the brain to tell individual body parts that they are experiencing pain (in a timely manner), the brain must not experience that pain itself (so it’s not slowed or crippled by it).

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Just as a positive outlook in our brain increases the odds that we will experience the world in a positive way, so too does more specific positive thinking increase the odds of those specific desires eventually becoming reality.

 

 

*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.