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Monday, April 27, 2009

Baby´s brain: the power of a "tabula rasa"

A baby’s brain is missing most of the capabilities that define the human mind, such as language and the ability to reason.
By using new research techniques and tools, scientists have revealed that the baby brain is abuzz with activity, capable of learning astonishing amounts of information in a relatively short time.
Unlike the adult mind, which restricts itself to a narrow slice of reality, babies can take in a much wider spectrum of sensation - they are, in an important sense, more aware of the world than we are.
"The baby brain is perfectly designed for what it needs to do, which is learn about the world. There are times when having a fully developed brain can almost seem like an impediment."
Babies can walk ( as most animals) in the first days of their life, but they lose fast this knowledge.
I guess this is a part of the unconscious knowledge’s transmitted through our DNA.
They are a series of knowledge’s that allow survival before the world’s around conscious knowledge.
"New research techniques have uncovered several surprising findings. It turns out that the baby brain actually contains more brain cells, or neurons, than the adult brain: The instant we open our eyes, our neurons start the "pruning process," which involves the elimination of seemingly unnecessary neural connections. Furthermore, the distinct parts of the baby cortex - the center of sensation and higher thought - are better connected than the adult cortex, with more links between disparate regions. These anatomical differences aren't simply a sign of immaturity: They're an important tool that provides babies with the ability to assimilate vast amounts of information with ease."
Animals´ development is faster than human’s, but it stops very soon, while human’s can be a life long learning.
"This new understanding of baby cognition, and the peculiar ways in which babies pay attention, is also giving scientists insights into improving the mental functioning of adults. The ability to direct attention, it turns out, doesn't merely inhibit irrelevant facts and perceptions - it can also stifle the imagination. Sometimes, the mind performs best when we don't try to control it."
While we grow we also learn to control our knowledge and the brain works sometimes like a software program that autonomously decides what has to be discharged and what doesn’t.
This is done in a mathematical, but empirical way.
Discharging the knowledge which was not used very often and for some time.
That is why "repetita iuvant" and we are going to lose the knowledge for example of a language if we do not practice it.
Many functions of our brain are independent from our unconscious will.
As children our unconscious part is much bigger, as adults, the need to order information and keep it brings us to concentrate on a part and discharge what our brain and our unconscious decides it is not worth to.
May be this is kept in a Limbo from here dreams and Hypnosis can find it.
The human mind is not only the most interesting subject you can approach, but the way to progress and evolution.
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