Sunday, June 17, 2007

msb-0166 "Who'd a thunk it!?!"

msb-0166 "Who'd a thunk it!"


----"Mech's Eye View" by: "LogicOne"

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Homer episode msb-gr-0002 went up last Wednesday.

Herrad is almost there with her episode msb-du-0005.

We're working out the kinks.

Apart from that, there's isn't any feedback. [sigh]

We'll see if that situation remains the same after my ad for appears in "MS Insider" :-)

---- "Claya Eyes Out" by: "IllGill"

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Speaking of InsideMS, I just received the June/July Issue. I was full of the stuff I've come to depend on from the NMSS (the "National Multiple Sclerosis Society".)

I should not be contributing to this segment so ... I'll shut up now.

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---- "Crimson Twins" by: "Rocket Propelled Geeks"

Main Topic: "Who'd a thunk it!?!"

Yesterday, (Saturday June 16th 2007 as I write this, [who knows when you're hearing it]) there was an episode of "CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks" podcast [select and copy " " and then paste it into your podcatcher,] that started off with an utterly fascinating segment about brain function.

Turns out there is a part of our brain that recognizes shapes and it doesn't mater how the brain acquires the shape, by sight (which is the normal path,) or by touch, or even by sound. (It would make sense, pardon the pun, that this is how "echo location" would work in bats and dolphins. [I can just that imagine some foods or smells might elicit sensations of shapes.])

This was proven by "Allison Motlook ", a researcher who participated in a "blind fold study" test where she was blind folded for five days, (figures or they wouldn't have called it a "blind-fold study", right? :-).

She experienced what might be called, for want of a better word, hallucinations; ("neuro-plasticity is the word,") seeing shapes and colors while being totally sight deprived by a light-tight blind-fold over her eyes.

(Go and download the show. [The instructions are on my site.] Its really fascinating.)

The upshot of the whole thing is that our brains experience far more than we give it credit for. No area is ever really dead just because we happen to deprive it of the primary source of stimulation. The visual cortex is alive and kickin' even when you're blind.

---- "Remember Back " by: "ProjektZero"

Main Topic, part deux:

This test leads me to wonder what would happen to a brain with a lesion, (or two, [I have no idea who large this region of the brain actually is, {or even where it is located,}]) affected by "sclera".

Might some people lose the ability to recognize the shape of things?

I seem to have a weakened sense of "soma", or body image, when trying to extend it to my car.

I used to "wear" my cars like a second skin and driving them was a joy. I was one with the car, driving 'round corners, backing up as effortlessly as driving forward, starting and stopping with "precision".

These days, I'm actually uncomfortable driving around. Trying to squeeze between cars is laborious and worrisome. Trying to parallel park is an adventure, a exercise in moving, but not like "U-Haul" meant in those ads of yore.

Having MS really sucks for mobility. Not only do I walk in 'slow motion" but I drive like it too.

And driving I should really be able to do at my old pace because it requires no strength on my part and I'm hyper-reflexive so my reaction response is much faster than a normal person's.

But now I'm now scared of-slash-by my spasticity.

---- "Give em More" by: "LogicOne"



Miss Chris said...

The brain is truly mysterious. I would love to know what we could do if we were able to utilize more of our brains.

Charles-A. Rovira said...

I am actually of two minds about that. (Bad pun, I know... :-)

Its like what we called junk DNA. Turns out it wasn't junk at all. And it makes up the largest percentage of DNA.

Its like being able to describe things as Objects and Relationships. Turns out there are only 5 basic objects (which describe who, what, where, when, why,) but there are thousands of relationships (We just have the uncanny ability to ignore those because they are recursively defined.)

Its like the true wonder of integrated circuits, (and what won Robert Noyce, who was at Fairchild Semiconductor and Jack Kilby, who was at Texas Instruments, and made them rich and famous. [It was not because of their work with components, but because they had found a solution to the inter-connection problem.])


Its a question of knowing and understanding what we know.

We don't need any new kind of brain circuitry to do that.


Sadly, there are those wasteful bastards who want to shut everything off and pull the plug: The fundamentalists!