In Part 1 I discussed the physical structures of the brain, as well as a couple of the functions that it performs. In Part 2, I traced through the evolutionary development of the brain, from simple to complex. Now, in this final article, I’d like to talk about those things that we think of as making us “truly human.”Continue Reading
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In Part 1 of the series, I discussed some of the basic structures and functions of the brain. Obviously there was much in that article that I did not cover, but for this next article I’d like to discuss how the brain might have developed through evolutionary processes. I’m going to use some of the things we learned in Part 1 to make my argument here. But let’s first talk just a little bit about evolution in general.Continue Reading
If there’s one thing that fascinates me most, it’s the brain. How such a drab pinkish-grey organ can achieve so much—the perception and interpretation of everything around us—is amazing. And as an aspiring psychologist soon to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and (hopefully) go on to graduate school, I happen to think that there is much we can learn about the brain. But of course, because the brain is a complex organ that even scientists do not fully understand yet, many people know very little about how it functions. In addition, the brain is sometimes used as the “magic bullet” of intelligent design. Some say, “The brain is too complex to have evolved by chance!” Others claim, “Science cannot explain consciousness, which suggests that it is a non-physical process that can only be explained by the existence of a soul.” Truly, the brain is shrouded in mystery, which allows for all manner of conjectures about what its “ultimate purpose” is.Continue Reading
Since I want to be a psychologist when I finish school, I always tend to keep myself under close scrutiny. I evaluate every thought and action and ask myself, “Why did I do that?” Of course, this isn’t of a critical nature, but rather it’s a way to discover more about myself. A lot of times, what people do aren’t as a result of what they think consciously, but rather as a result of how their subconscious mind has been shaped. Of course, our subconscious mind is shaped mainly by our surroundings and our thought life, but then that subconscious area of our mind makes the majority of our little decisions during the day that we don’t even realize we made.
Anyways, as I’ve examined the processes and motivations behind my actions, speech, and thought, I’ve noticed a variety of psychological factors that contribute to what I do. However, they all seem to fall into two main categories: the body and the mind.
You see, as a Christian, I was freed from the slavery of sin. Being born with a sin nature, I was enslaved by it until I was freed by Christ’s power and shook off those chains. I now have the choice and the opportunity to do the right thing. My mind has been freed; however, my body still has a tendency to fall back into its sin nature. I can control my body with my mind, but in the absence of a direct action from my mind,…Continue Reading
There’s just one main thing I want to write about for today – I promise. Well, I mean, I might throw something really short at the end to say goodbye for another day, but that won’t be more than a paragraph. I tend to ramble, so I’m going to attempt to control my mouth – er, fingers – today.
Anyways, in my in-depth, detailed studies of the female species, including all that is exterior and interior, both outward and inward, I have noticed something strange. Well, I’ve noticed many strange things, but there just wouldn’t be enough time to go into all that detail. Today I was in class and we had just finished up our Grammar quiz. A few people were still putting the finishing touches on it, but for those that were finished, Mr. G said that we could take a break between classes. So I was sitting in my desk, and one by one all the girls left the room. That was to be expected, of course, since I have already written about the bladder control problems that frequent women. However, after a few minutes, I started to worry. None of them had returned yet. The only people left in the classroom were guys, and surely not even a woman could take 3 or 4 minutes to go to the washroom. So I decided to investigate.
Under the guise that I myself had to go to the washroom, I walked to the men’s room, which is, as…Continue Reading
The above title is the best newspaper headline for the birth of triplets ever. Seeing as this entry would be of sort of a random nature, I decided to give it a nice, random title. I also thought of it at lunch today for no reason – well there was a reason, but it would take a while to map out my entire thought process. Let’s just say it was random and leave it at that.
I spent most of the day today figuring out what the heck I’m going to do after this school year. I started looking through this giant Undergraduate Directory for the University of Ottawa just to get a feel for what I’d be up against in this battle of the decisions. I had no real particular reason for picking out the University of Ottawa catalogue instead of anything other one except that it was big – the catalogue, that is, not the university, although it is too – and would offer me a lot of choice. The University of Ottawa is a pretty major university, so I thought it might give me an idea of a good standard set of courses available, which it did. I looked through the areas on Psychology and read a bit of the descriptions. They sounded pretty interesting, and it looked like something I’d definitely be interested in. So I then proceeded to widen my search for universities, and then narrow them down. Sounds a bit defeating, but I decided…Continue Reading
It’s hard to believe that yet another year has gone by. So much has happened in even my short lifespan of 17 years that it’s hard to believe life has anything else to throw at us humans. With nature forming hurricanes and tsunamis and people basically just destroying themselves with terrorist and anti-terrorist attacks, it’s going to be pretty interesting to see what another year has to offer us.
My New Year’s resolution this year is to break my resolution. This is pretty much impossible to do, because to keep your resolution you must break it, but if you break it you haven’t kept it. It’s pretty confusing if you think about it long enough, but I’m going to try my best and keep this resolution…er, break it.
Perhaps a better resolution (a serious one) would be to figure out where I’m going in life. I have no direction as to a career or university course right now, so I probably should figure that out. I’m seriously considering working for a year to just get a handle on where I am. I need more time to find out what I’m interested in, and if I can make a few bucks while doing that, so much the better. My parents invested in an RESP (Registered Education Savings Program? I think that’s it) when I was born and have put away a few dollars ever since. I’m really not sure how much is in there, but it’ll at least take the edge…Continue Reading