Posts Tagged ‘brain’

the Uncomfortable Side of the Brain

October 13, 2013

We all have it, that area of the brain where our thoughts just do not seem to jibe.

Many who are mathematically inclined cannot seem to communicate well on emotional wavelengths, though some can.

Many who are quite well-versed in other areas have difficulty resolving some higher math concepts.

Other artists can grasp the technical side of music and excel in the math but seem to fail at being creative in their field. Their “technical proficiency” seems to hamper creativity.

Everyone has some area they do not feel real comfortable being, or thinking.

So, we should cut others some slack simply because they cannot see or visualize some things as clearly as we.

Because, rest assured, there are subject areas where you too could be called less than average.


Qualum Theory

January 19, 2012

Last time I mentioned the idea that perhaps there are some things in life that cannot actually be measured by traditional science. Or that the measuring tools they have devised for such things are of no practical use.

Perhaps it is time to create a completely new science (or “non-science”, as it were, since we would not actually measure things) that studies qualities of things rather than quantities of things. So rather than being a quantum physics it would be a qualum physics, I suppose.

It is a difficult thing to wrap your mind around, perhaps, thinking of things in a manner that is not quantifiable. And yet we always speak of these things. People do no talk of “quantity of life”, they speak of “quality of life”. Admittedly, everyone hopes for more quantity as well, I am sure, but not at the cost of quality.

So, how would one go about deriving a new “science” based on constraints such as this? Better yet, can such a thing actually be done?

Since we tend to think in quantities of some sort – either by nature or by our scientific upbringing – we might have to create some sort of scale. Funny thing, most of us already have a scale we use. We find one piece of music “more enjoyable” than another, and perhaps another one is our “favorite”.

This might not be the right approach but it is all I have come up with at the moment.

The really hard part about this – and the thing that makes it so deliciously unscientific – is that it differs from person to person. In other words, there is no quantifiability at all. And even for one person, it changes over time. All our tastes change as we change, grow, develop, and so on. The qualum theory would have to adjust to fit the changing person we apply it to.

This might be a waste of time or it might be an advantageous exercise in futility. As I said in my last entry, perhaps we have been given two ways to look at the world for a reason.

Or course, that might imply some form of “intelligent design” or it could just be that we evolved even more intelligent than we know. Except that somehow we have gotten the strange notion to value only one-half of our abilities.

Perhaps we could get a better grasp on a real view of the universe if we started using all our faculties, the quantitative as well as those from the qualum side of the brain.