Why We May Think

When I was young, I thought the point of the body was to protect the brain. Now I realize it’s the other way around. The brain exists to protect the body.

There are two kinds of animals – those who move and those who don’t.

Animals who don’t move count on a stable and predictable environment and replicate like crazy to compete for scarce resources, and to outlast environmental changes.

Animals who do move have to adapt to ever-changing environments, and therefore need a central nervous system.

We call the first set of animals "plants."

If you move, your environment changes a lot, which means you need a nervous system to detect and respond to those changes. So, your brain exists to protect your body as it moves, and it does this by constantly trying to predict the environment around it.

Stop predicting, and you may as well be a plant, except unlike that plant you haven’t cloned yourself a million times. You were counting on one shot at reproduction with sexual mutation to make up for one million shots with random mutation…and you lose.

So, keep moving, and be alert.

3 thoughts on “Why We May Think

  1. This is a figurative analysis, but sounds vaguely similar to a comparison recently made to me of entrepreneurs and the majority of workers seeking a steady (even if its low paying) risk-free job. The plants in this comparison would be the people who wind up displaced when their jobs are exported overseas.

  2. Excellent post on the way the brain is the central processing unit behind all of our actions. Successful animals and machines have learned to optimize the reflex processes by being fully cognizant of outside stimuli and creating relevant reactions.The animal in business is the guy who keeps his eyes and ears wide open, calculating how to make their next move. Just came by the site and wanted throw some love towards good design and content. Thanks for the good link.

  3. WOW. Could you possible say that again? Sorta? You are so right! I would love to read more…what about the very fast moving person’s brain in a slow environment vs.how a lazy or slow moving person’s "brain thoughts" are in a fast environment. Initially, which one acts and which one reacts?

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