Scientists have discovered that in each human brain there are an estimated one million, million brain cells. Each brain cell (neuron) contains a vast electrochemical complex and a powerful micro-data-processing and transmitting system that, despite its complexity, would fit on the head of a pin. Each of these brain cells looks like a super octopus, with a central body and tens, hundreds, or thousands, of tentacles. The human brain was built to learn!
As we delve deeper into the details, we find that each tentacle is like the branch of a tree, radiating from the cell center or nucleus. The branches of the brain cell are called dendrites. One particularly large and long branch, called the axon, is the main exit for information transmitted by that cell.
Each dendrite and axon may range from a millimeter to 1.5 meters in length, and all along and around its length are little mushroom-like protrusions and synaptic buttons.
Research has shown that each of the ten billion neurons in the human brain has a possibility of connections of one with twenty-eight zeroes after it! If a single neuron has this quality of potential, we can hardly imagine what the whole brain can do. What it means is that the total number of possible combinations/permutations in the brain, if written out, would be 1 followed by 10.5 million kilometers of zeroes!
However, no human has yet to use all the potential of his brain. This is why we don't accept any pessimistic estimates of the limits of the human brain. It is unlimited.
Consider this. Every time you have a thought, the biochemical/electromagnetic resistance along the pathway carrying that thought is reduced. It is like trying to clear a path through a jungle. The first time can prove to be a difficult task as you have to fight your way through the undergrowth. The second time you travel that way will be much easier because of the clearing you did on your first journey. The more times you travel that path, the less resistance there will be, until after many repetitions, you have a wide, smooth track which requires little or no clearing. The same process happens in your brain; the more you repeat patterns or maps of thought, the less resistance there is to them. Therefore, and of greater significance, repetition in itself increases the probability of repetition,
In other words, the more times a 'mental event' happens, the more likely it is to happen again.
With such a mind-boggling array of connections, why is it that most people find it difficult to remember things? The fact is that most people do not have a strategy when it comes to remembering and learning new things. They fail to utilize their emotions as well as use a mental map, which is the most natural way that the brain processes and store information. With some simple practice on simple strategies, most people can improve their memory and learning capabilities many times over.
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