Category: Thinking in Daily Life

Thinking in Daily Life takes many skills and we hone some of the many skills we share.

Gas Explosion and Speed of Recovery

Front. One house completely missing,another one half missing

Probably two years before the replacement townhouses are ready for occupancy. Such is the speed (or lack thereof) for an isolated disaster. Unfortunately, that is magnified when the disaster is widespread, with multiple communities are competing for the same rebuilding resources.

Live by the Word

Facts are surrounded by words

I spend a lot of time reading words, writing words, and thinking in words. And I’ve noticed a peculiar feature which sometimes happens to me. I start following the words of people who are involved in a dispute – both sides – more than I refer back to the actual actions involved. My thought train…

Some Brain Connections are Not Complete until Your 20s

nerve cell showing myein sheath in repeating units on a long axon

Myelination Do you know that some brain connections are not complete until your 20s? The process is called myelination. It is the coating of neurons with a chemical insulator which makes a signal travel along it up to 100 times faster. There is signal regeneration at the nodes of Ranvier. The effect is similar to…

Pattern-Matching and Invariance

Seawall with waves crashing against it

In neuroscience, the process I call pattern-matching is often called invariance. Yohan John in Quora raises the question and suggests the form of the answer: How does your brain discover similarity in the midst of so much dissimilarity? The answer is that the brain somehow creates invariant representations of objects and patterns. What is invariance?…