Ever stopped to wonder what our life really is?
What is its meaning? Why do the same things have different values to different people? Where do our thoughts come from? What is right and what is wrong? And who decides?
If you dig a little deeper, you will find out that our entire being, from the moment we are born to our last electrical impulse, everything is contained in a small, fragile organ called the brain.
The brain is a befuddling organ that encompasses questions like life, death, consciousness, sleep and simply being human.
Here are a few things that we still don’t understand about the functioning of our minds:
When we wake up in the morning, we perceive a number of things. The sun rising, birds chirping and the fresh morning breeze. In other words, we acknowledge our consciousness.
This topic has plagued scientists since antiquity. What we don’t know is, what processes in the brain give rise to the subjective experience. Only recently has it been considered a realistic research topic.
2. Deep Freeze
Who doesn’t want to live forever?
It might not happen anytime soon but, pioneering fields like cryonics are giving people hope that we can expect something in the near future.
These centres, store posthumous bodies in vats filled with liquid nitrogen in bone-chilling temperatures. The idea behind it is, that people who died of incurable diseases may be revived later. Bodies are stored head down to ensure that the brain is dipped in the liquid, in case of a leak.
3. Mortal Mystery
Why do we age? Our mechanism is robust to fight disease, injury and other ailments. But as we age, our resilience to physical injury and stress declines. There are 2 theories to explain this:
- Aging is a part of human genetics and somehow beneficial to human beings as a whole
- It occurs because of cell damage and scientists are working at delaying, if not entirely preventing, aging.
Undoubtedly, one of the most amazing human experiences is laughter. But, unfortunately, we don’t know a lot about it. Why does one person find lame jokes funny while the other laughs at horror movies? We still don’t know.
John Morreal has speculated that laughter is the response to stories that defy conventional expectations. While laughing, 3 parts of our brain light up, the thinking part, the muscle movement part and the emotional part. What we know for sure is – laughter makes us feel better.
5. Memory Lane
Some experiences are hard to forget, while others you just can’t remember no matter how hard you try. Why is it so? Brain-imaging techniques have made it possible to unravel the mechanism responsible for creating and storing memories. The tricky part is, both true and false memories activate the same storage regions of the brain.
6. Phantom Feelings
It has been estimated that about 80% of amputees feel sensations such as warmth, pain, and itching, coming from a missing limb. This phenomenon is known as “Phantom limb”.
They feel as if the missing limb is a part of their bodies. Out of the many explanations, one which serves is that the nerves form new connections and continue sending signals as if the missing limb were still present. Another one is, that the brain is “hard-wired” to function like the entire body is intact.
7. Sweet Dreams
If 10 people were asked what makes up dreams, you are most likely to get 10 different answers. This is because, we still don’t know for sure.
People often dream about emotions and errands that they didn’t pay attention to when they were supposed to. This is stored in some part of the brain and these thoughts solidify while we are sub-conscious.
Although there are various explanations for it, none of them are good enough.
These are a few mysteries of the mind that are yet to be unravelled.
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