New reflections on the mind, by Ruddy Adam.
The Latest Brain Info and How It Can Help Us
The latest studies on our brains have found a couple of new things, and have also seconded a few others that we have already learned. In the main, the smartest people’s brains help them stay away from unnecessary details as much as possible, and focus on what is important in a general sense. Their brains also “suppress” and/or “ignore” useless and irrelevant information, choose the most important information, zero in on it—and store it for later use.
To make a point, as I informed everyone regarding the way we stack things around us, I was not automatically putting things in clusters rather than rows; but when I found out that the smartest people used clusters, I started doing that myself. It’s easier. It’s far more efficient. It takes much less time to put things in clusters rather than perfectly aligned rows. Our brains relate to clusters far better than rows. We don’t worry so much about clusters being messy, as we do when a row of pins gets out of line. Things are easier to get to in clusters.
Point: We ourselves can learn from the smartest people, even though we don’t have the big eggs in our heads that they do.
In this study, we find that the brains of the smartest people automatically discard irrelevant or trivial information, yet they take notice and store the most important things. We ourselves may not do this automatically like eggheads do, but we can strive to do it ourselves. Take a minute when you hear something new and ask yourself this: Is this worth logging? Or is it consequential to my life? Is it consequential or inconsequential to the way the world turns?
Also, ask yourself, how do I log this in a general sense for later use. Example information: The president has signed a new tax cut bill, and he did it in his first year in office. That’s what matters. The exact date does not matter. Nor do the details in the plan. You can’t change the details. You’re not an accountant. You don’t need them. You will catch a few details about the plan that you may or may not need here and there the along the way. That’s all you need at first. Log it! Move on! Don’t concern yourself with the details of the bill!!
Researchers also noted this: In the smartest people, certain regions of the brain work better and more efficiently than most people’s. This makes it easier for these “brainiacs” to differentiate between important and irrelevant information. This is extremely advantageous to solving problems and getting the most important things done. They know exactly what to focus on, without having to think about it. You and I are going to have to think about what is most important, and we’re going to have to force ourselves to focus on whatever that is—instead of the trivial details that come with any information.
Note: These very smart people automatically shirk remembering most details, because they’re most irrelevant, and they store generalities. The brain itself functions better when it does that. In our smartest people, they automatically do that. They don’t talk or respond in details; they generalize. It’s the easiest and more efficient way of conversing. It’s the way the Lord taught, from front to back of the Scriptures when He Himself was speaking, except in special cases, such as designing the Ark for Noah, or informing the priests as to how to carry out their duties.
Example: “Don’t eat pork or shellfish.” That’s it. He never said “why” not to eat it. Just don’t do it. If we wish we can research the “why” for ourselves. He said “to eat plants born from a seed that produce a green stalk.” He never said “why.” Get it?
In my most serious studies, I often have to plow into the details of Hebrew, Greek, and English grammar—but it’s rare that I pour those details onto my readers. It’s not necessary, and it clogs up a study with unnecessary details that do not help the reader. There are a couple of extremely important details of Scripture that must be passed on to every Scripture student, such as at least a general knowledge of the genitive case. Khristians must know that it is the most dynamic case and that it can have far-reaching meaning past the typical “of God” translations.
I Yohn 3.12: “Kain was ‘of’ the Evil-One.”
I Yohn 3.12: “Kain was ‘fathered by’ the Evil-One.”
Khristians must also know that the words “attempt,” “try,” and “claim” are not Hebrew or Greek words and must thus be added by the translator to show that someone is “attempting” or “trying” or “claiming” to do a thing—but not necessarily doing it.
Example: This one is clear, and the context shows that these particular Yudeans did not believe Khrist—but merely claimed to.
Yohn 8.31: After that, Yasu said to the Yudeans who claimed to believe Him.
Yohn 8.37: Yasu says to the Yudeans who claimed they were from Abraham’s seed-line: “I understand that you claim you are a seed-line born from Abraham—but on the contrary, you seek to kill Me, because My Message has no place in you.”
As Khristians, we don’t have to know every place in Scripture where this nuance is written, but in a general sense, we have to know that it exists.
The next time you’re about to respond to someone in a conversation, put your brain on hold for an instant and force yourself to do this: Speak in general without details. They are most often not important, and they clog up conversations and make them boring as snot. Plus, our brains don’t have room for every detail we have in our lives. So, learn from the eggheads, and try not to pound others with details. That will help their brains, and yours. And will help keep you from being a Boring Bug!
After studying time efficiency when I was a kid, I realized that the ability to prioritize well is the major key to accomplishing a lot of things that we must do in life, because we don’t have time to do everything. We must choose what is most important, and we must force ourselves to focus on whatever is the most important things we need to do, and the most important points that we must do to get those things done.
Toward that end, start writing notes. Write them at night, and check over them when you get up. Prioritize!! Take care of the most important things first. There will, of course, be some details within those tasks you will have to carry out. Choose only the ones that are absolutely necessary, and take care of them. By so doing, you will be operating your life much as the smartest among us do.
Two comments by neurologists about these new studies are as follows, and can help us, by letting us know what we have to do to mimic the eggheads: 1) “The anatomy of the smartest people’s brains provide them with an increased capacity to focus on what is most important and to avoid menial things that pull them away from what is most important.” 2) “We can conclude from these studies that the mental networks we have found in more intelligent people help them to focus on the most important things they hear, and to ignore or suppress irrelevant, potentially distracting inputs.”
For our brains: Ruddy Adam
Studies carried out at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, published in Scientific Reports