Monday, 30 December 2013

My Brain is my Friend. NOT

'Michael Schumacher critical' is the headline that caught my eye yesterday evening. What was ironic was that I'd read the previous day's paper which mentioned that was 'injured but not serious'. Definitely not critical. In less than 24 hours, he's deteriorated from being defined as 'medically fit' to have undergone two brain surgeries. Right now, he's slipped into a coma fighting for life. This leads to believe that contrary to what we've always thought - the brain is not our friend. It may help you with your Physics assignment, but it loses its shit most unexpectedly.
Me and my best friend were sharing ghost stories the other day, and we came to the conclusion that most of the times its our brain that hypes the situation so much. And that's when the coping mechanism of the body kicks in. And you know what's creepier? We all hear noises that no one apparently can when we're spooked. Our brain is formulating the entire scheme for us then. Our senses defy us. We believe it. And there is nothing we can do about it because our brain is not our friend.
Example : When you read the word  "puppies" or "muffins", you feel warm and fuzzy. But if I begin a story with the line "It was a dark, stormy night..." with the correct sound effects, your heart beat immediately accelerates.
Remember when you swore you wouldn't think about something and all you did the entire day was curse your brain for thinking about nothing else?  Not your friend.
Conclusion : Yes, that symphony of chemicals(right usage?) sitting up there is not as rosy as you thought it to be. I now leave you with that comforting notion. Have a nice day.

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