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Brain constant , is it?

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  1. Jun 11, 2009 #1
    Brain constant , is it?????

    hey guys i have an question which may make you people thinkme stupid but let's try sayinf
    i always think that the logic(creativity also) and memory cannot be increased simultaneously.That is the saying ,if memory activity increases , than the logic capability of brain decreases , and when logic is tried to be developed , you lose the memory capability by similar points
    i mean to say
    logic + memory= constant(i like to tell brain constant)
    or i am wrong ,feel free to give any interpretation with voting the poll, ok
     
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  3. Jun 11, 2009 #2

    Chi Meson

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    Re: Brain constant , is it?????

    I think that mental acuity increases or decreases in all forms due to various conditions. Drinking alcohol, for example, makes me think "slower," decreases my logic, and wrecks my memory all at the same time. Caffeine (not too much of it) does the opposite in each of those areas. Sleep deprivation is worse than alcohol, and adrenaline is better than caffeine.

    So no, in my opinion and based solely on my personal experiences, there is no such constant.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2009 #3
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    Ugh, sleep deprivation, with that my brain is asleep but my body is awake.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2009 #4

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    Re: Brain constant , is it?????

    Pure nonsense. Different parts of the brain and different neural pathways.
     
  6. Jun 11, 2009 #5

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    Re: Brain constant , is it?????

    I'd listen to her if I were you. But I'm not, so I'll ignore her. :smile:
     
  7. Jun 11, 2009 #6
    Re: Brain constant , is it?????

    If I read the OP with some charity I can think of an OK reason for the proposal of the "brain constant", which would be that it might be an attempt to explain the prodigious memories of autistic savants, who can memorize vast lists of relatively useless information while not being able to think logically enough to live unsupervised. Contrasting this with, for example, stories of Einstein's forgetfulness (preoccupied with "logical' thought, he often forgot to put socks on, and apparently even forgot where he lived when lost in thought) we might suspect that the cultivation of memory skills crowds out logic skills and visa versa. On closer inspection, though, this apparent trade off would be revealed to be spurious.

    I don't think there's anything like a quantifiable "brain constant" but it's probably justifiable to say that if a person becomes really preoccupied with developing one specific faculty other faculties can get neglected. This isn't because two things like logical thinking and memory can't be simultaneously developed, but simply because one or the other is neglected.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2009 #7

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    Re: Brain constant , is it?????

    This idea is far too speculative to entertain - even if we are in GD.
     
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