The recent on-camera migraine of CBS Newscaster Serene Branson during a post-Grammy’s broadcast sparked a great deal of media attention on the brain, including (I assume one precipitated the other) a week-long series about the mind on The Today Show. We’re no slouches on studying such things around here, even before the incident. Witness my husband’s nighttime reading material:
Reading this tome would not put me to sleep because I’d never even start it, being partisan to a good mystery or a crossword puzzle before meeting Mr. Sandman. But I am interested in the human body, and the mind in particular.
So when scanning our Netflix queue earlier in the week, I suggested that we watch NatGeo‘s The Human Machine. It was fascinating. It’s hard not to see design in our remarkable bodies, but even if one does not, this fascinating study of how we work should not be missed.
(Coincidental with my wrting this post, NBC’s Brian Williams just presented a story on the effect of cell phones on the brain, something that’s been discussed for years. Didn’t the guy in this picture know to use a headset, or take the call on speakerphone?)
On top of all this, an article appeared in the New York Times Magazine, on February 15, 2011, called Secrets of a Mind-Gamer, adapted from Joshua Foer‘s Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. Since I already take a couple of supplements to enhance my memory, I was more than mildly interested in the article, and look forward to the book’s release next month by Penguin Press.
There’s a lot going on in our world about which to be stressed: the falling stock market and the rising price of oil, erupting volcanoes and devastating earthquakes, just to name a few. But I suggest that for a bit we stop focusing outward and turn inward to consider the part of us that perceives all this, that coordinates our speech and movement and enables us to articulate thoughts and feelings. My brain made it possible for me to write this, and yours, to read it. The realization of the beauty and intricacy of the brain has a calming effect on me, and perhaps will do the same for you.