Automatic Reflex - Spontaneous Reaction - Logical or Illogical ?

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Logical or Illogical


Reflex, spontaneous reaction, gut reaction, instinctive reaction, reflex action, involuntary actions, unthinking response, knee-jerks,

Whatever you might like to call it, it all means the same thing, it occurs without conscious choice and quite often ‘illogical’ especially in adults




Primitive Reflexes


From the moment we are born we all have these ‘Spontaneous Reactions’ Babies are born with what are known as ‘Primitive Reflexes’. These reflexes allow the babies to respond to the environment that surrounds them before any learning takes place.


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The ‘Rooting reflex’ is apparent from birth, a baby will turn his/her head towards anything that touches the mouth or cheek and the head will turn in decreasing circles until the object is found. The need to feed stimulates this response and usually disappears around the age of 4 months of age. Breastfed babies will find Mum’s breast without having to search from about 3 weeks.

The ‘Sucking reflex’ is a survival instinct. Again The need to feed stimulates this response as soon as anything is felt in the baby’s mouth.

The ‘Grasping reflex’ Stroke a baby’s palm with your finger and his/her fingers will automatically curl around.

Did you know that a baby’s grip can be strong enough to support his/her own body weight. A baby’s grip is strongest in the first 8 weeks.

The ‘Startled reflex’ or ‘Moro reflex’ This occurs when the baby suddenly feels as though he/she is falling, or hears a loud noise or a sudden movement, or even when the temperature suddenly changes. The head and leg spread out and the arms lifted upward with open palms, then the hands will close into fists as if embracing either himself or his/her mother to regain balance.

This reflex usually disappears around 2 months of age

The ‘Swimming reflex’ this again is a survival reflex. If you put a new-born into water he/she will move her arms and legs as if swimming.

These ‘‘primitive reflexes’ only last for the first few months of life until baby gains some control over what he or she is doing or wants to do and the ‘learning’ process begins.

Do these spontaneous actions, reflexes only occur in babies or do we ‘adults’ continue to have uncontrolled responses. Read on and see.


Uncontrolled Responses


I’m not talking about the guy in the pub who thumped you one and you naturally, instinctively thumped him back. No I am talking about the more basic instincts without thought or conscious choice.

You can no more stop these reactions than you are able to stop a ball rolling downhill.

Breathing is a spontaneous reaction; you don’t have to think about it. If you fall it is likely you will put your hands forward to prevent falling on your face. When you blink or open your mouth to eat, it is a spontaneous reaction.

Your brain tells your body what you need to do without having to go through the ‘thought process’ first.


When the Brain gets it Wrong


But what about when the brain sends the wrong message?. When your brain tells your body to do something unnecessary or even illogical.

We do many things on ‘reflex’ that just don’t make any sense at all.

When you are using a stick mixer and anticipate the contents of the bowl being splattered around the room. What do you do? Shut your eyes right? Hold your breath right? Grit your teeth right?

Our brain tells us to do these things, but why? What earthly good are any of these responses going to do, how are any of these things going to prevent the batter splattering all around?

Absolutely not, they’re all illogical messages sent from our brains.


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Does the Brain have its Own Sense of Humour?

Wriggling and chuckling away in there and we don’t even know it’s there.

OK get ready to make us look like total idiots Brain. We are sitting in the car driving along a narrow road when all of a sudden a wide load is coming towards us … there is nowhere to go, no room to pull over… what do we do?… but wait… Brain to the rescue of course. Our brains always have the solution right? We pull our elbows in tight and squeeeeeze our knees (and yes buttocks too) together right? That’s sure to get us through that gap that looks too narrow.

Ok we squeezed through that one safely.



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But 'Brain' hasn’t finished having fun with us yet.

Oh no, you bet it hasn’t!

It’s a beautiful sunny day and we are driving along enjoying the scenery, appreciating the wonder of nature. Just ahead there is a shady avenue of trees, blossoms spiralling to the ground, branches swaying in the gentle breeze overhanging the road. We don’t realise until we get closer just how LOW those branches are hanging the road, they are going to swipe us… so what do we do? …brain tells us to duck of course, we duck low in our seats and tuck our heads into our chest. While the brain is having a good old chuckle “Haha I knew I’d get you with that one”



When you find yourself in these situations

What do you do?

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The Brain Loves To Tease Us


Ok we have arrived home in one piece. Time to get dinner on everyone is hungry after our eventful drive. Dashing around, pots and pans out, food from the fridge, you turn around and the cat has jumped onto the table and you know that jug of milk is just going to go crashing to the floor. “Open your eyes wide then quick shut them tight” maybe if you don’t see it it’s not going to happen right? Oooops that didn’t work.

Dinner over with everyone settles in front of the TV ready to watch their favourite movie. Of course the movie has to have a high speed car chase doesn’t it.

Dad has the remote and is cursing because nothing is working, the batteries must be running down. OK Dad press harder on the button that might make the batteries work right?

OK so that last one wasn’t a spontaneous reaction, an automatic reflex, just Dad being dumb huh


Time To Watch The Movie

Hello!, you weren’t driving, you can take your foot off the brake and breath out now

OK Now be Honest

How many times did your foot reach for the brake?

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So you think you don't do this stuff and you don't look silly huh?

So are our Brains really Logical?


There are many more things that we do automatically, spontaneously on reflex but illogically.

So next time you do something that doesn’t make sense just listen, can you hear your brain having a good old chuckle?


Copyright © Rosemary Sadler April 2012. All rights reserved


I was sorely tempted to list this under games and hobbies- ‘LOGIC AND BRAIN TEASERS’


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This was such a humorous and true bit of information, factual and funny and the same time. How did the reaction to say the first thing that came to mind get passed over? I sometimes want to catch the words that just escaped my lips and retrieve them. lol. Nicely done. Voted up and humorous, ok there's no humorous button.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Cool hub. Love your sense of humor and the idea of our brains pulling tricks on us.

But the baby smiling at the end was the best part. No one needs to tell him to reflexively, illogically smile. Who cares if smiling makes sense. It just feels good to do it especially when we're being embraced by a loved one.

Voted up, funny and interesting.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wonderful hub. So true and funny. I hit the brakes regularly when I am in the passenger seat. I am a much more reserved driver than my family. Loved the picture of the baby smiling.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Excellent hub with great information and fun to read also. I loved the picture of the laughing baby at the end. Voted up and funny.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Every word is a gem, Rosemary, and absolutely true. Our brains often hold us hostage and we might not even know it. Great video of John Wayne as Brannigan in a white-knuckle car chase. Not too true to life, though. How could he in a Ford catch the villain in a Jaguar? Hmmm?


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Mike I know what you mean, sometimes my mouth opens before I think too. Pity we don't have a 'pause' button. Thanks for the virtual 'humorous vote Lol


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Gail. Isn't that baby smile just gogeous. But there another thing too that doesn't make sense, when babies have wind they 'smile' Lol

Thank you for the visit and the vote is much appreciated.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

You're like me Becky, I am mostly in the pasenger seat and hit the brakes. Lol. The baby smile is priceless, makes us smile too.

Thanks for popping in and reading


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Pamela. That baby smile has stolen the show and everyones hearts :)

Thank you for the visit and the vote, I am pleased you enjoyed the read.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi drbj. I am sure we do a great deal of illogical moves without realising, like gritting our teeth when trying to open a tight lid on a jar. As if that is going to help... duh

No the car chase is not true to life but without the exaggeration John Wayne would not have been as big a hero. Imagine it the other way around, would have been pretty boring. Back in those days the good guys always had to win against all the odd. Lol

Thanks for the visit and your input


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Actually Rosemay, I am usually the driver until our van broke. Since then, I am the passenger but will be driver again before too much longer. My husband does not drive much any more. He doesn't feel like his reactions are up to the task.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi again Becky. I know it is so hard to swap into the passenger seat when you have been used to being the driver. Hopefully your van will be back on the road soon.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was funny, cute and cleverly written. The brain is a remarkable organ. Let's hope the cells stay alive as long as we do...


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Ruby. I'm please you enjoyed it and saw the humour. As for the cells saying alive, I think the ones that are supposed to tell me what I want when I open the fridge door are slipping. Lol


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I enjoyed your fun Hub. The John Wayne video is wonderful and the baby pictures so sweet. Alas, I love speed so I was driving right with my hero. I do find myself ducking at items coming close to the car though. Thanks for a great time!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Hyphen I don't think I would have enjoyed going over that bridge no matter who I was with. Lol I duck every time and squeeze my elbows in and knees together. I'm so pleased to find out I'm not the only one haha.

That baby photo would make anyone smile. Pleased you had a great time Thanks for the visit


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Oh, Rosemay - i absolutely agree that we maintain or reflexes, or develop new ones. As an example i point to all the men that never seem to get over that 'sucking, grasping' thing - often triggering the 'startled' reflex in women..LOL..Great hub, dear!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Leslie

I just love your comment, laughing so much here I splattered my keyboard with coffee.

Thank you for dropping by and giving me a laugh to start my day :)

Take care


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I love the way you explained it, clenching legs and buttocks in the car, haha! we do, all the time! I remember sitting in the passenger side of the car once, and we went driving under a bridge at speed, and the height of the bridge was really low so I virtually got on the floor of the car! haha! and no it was not a convertible! thanks for the laugh, nell


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Rosemay50...loved this and I needed to pick myself up off the floor... great work here and something I think we have all seen is our response to things as they happen....

Hugs from Canada


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Rosemay, what a great cool hub! Interesting perspectives covered from every angle. It makes you realize how complex our body is, even from birth. It shows how amazing the body really is and why we respond the way we do. Absolutely loved this Rosemay. Fantastic write:) Hope your doing well and I will see you around.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Cleverly done Rosemary! And packed with information--we are indeed complex creatures!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Nell

You know it has made my day to find out I am not the only one who does this. I can just imagine you almost on the floor haha.

Thank you for giving me a laugh in return


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Rolly so lovely to see you here.

Yes we do some pretty silly and illogical things at times. Still it brings us laughter and I'm pleased this made you laugh.

Thank you for the visit

Hugs from NZ


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

This hub was amazing, useful and funny :) It's strange how the most developed brain among the chordates can sometimes get the best of us! But after all! the facts are true!

Great hub!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Ricky

Yes our minds and body is amazing. We live most of our everyday life on auto pilot without even thinking about what actions we do.

Thank you for dropping by and reading. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. I will see you at your place

Take care


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Morning Audrey

Thank you for the visit and the compliment. We are indeed extremely complex creatures

I'm pleased you enjoyed the read.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Rahu

Yes my brain seems to get the better of me quite often :) I guess there are rational explanations. When we are in the car our eyes don't see the glass just what is outside the car, so it is the eyes that send the wrong message to the brain. So we can't really let the brain take the whole blame. Lol

I'm pleased you enjoyed the read.

Thank you for the visit and I will be popping along to see you soon


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Strange, something like this happened to me this evening and maybe often does without me thinking. I am typing away and go right through a word I am not sure of the spelling of but before i could stop to ponder it my fingers had it typed out correctly, or my brain. So am i not my brain? lol

Great fun hub!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Jackie

Our brains are wonderful things, they know much more than we do Lol

Thank you for dropping by, pleased you enjoyed the read


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

This hub has everything!

It's interesting, funny, amazing and witty!

Very clever!

voting up and thank you, best wishes Lesley


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Aw thank you Lesley what a lovely comment

Thank you for dropping by and your vote is appreciated

Take care


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Oh, I enjoyed this hub about automatic reflex tremendously, Rosemay! Voted up, true, amazing, awesome and interesting :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Morning Martie

I always look forward to your input. Thank you for the very kind compliments.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Thi my dear friend is so interesting well informed and useful.

I vote up plus interesting/useful/up for this one.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi Rosemay!! Not only was this fascinating but what great fun as well!! I hadn't actually realised about holding yourself in tight when huge trucks go by or ducking when branches are low - but it's true! LOL! I think if we were to film ourselves going through our reflex actions we would definitely look weird!

On a more serious note, I think forensics use reflex actions as well to work out what happened to people in say a murder case. We put our hands and arms up to defend ourselves against attack - a reflex action - and so the forensic scientists can demonstrate how the victim tried to protect themselves, by looking for wounds on the hands and arms. This leads to a better picture of what happened at the crime scene as they can stay the victim was attacked from the front. It's very interesting, if gruesome stuff!

But this hub of yours was awesome Rosemay!! Have bookmarked and shared! + voted up everything!!!!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello Eddy

Thank you for dropping by and reading this

Have a wonderful day.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Seeker

I hadn't thought about that but it is so true. Did you ever see a program called 'Lie To Me'? A TV program with Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth)working with police to solve crimes, being an expert in body language and able to read the smallest sign such as the twitch of the mouth or an eyebrow. Fascinating.

Thanks for coming along to read and your input and vote is much appreciated.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Howdy Rosemay! Great article. I downloaded the starter kit. Thanks. I'm reminded of when at night at work when the bats visit in the alley outside the door. They will dash this way and that. I hear them, see a huge shadow from the moonlight, and 'duck.' It always gives me a good laugh :) I think they wait until I walk out the door.

When I smoke I sit on a planter with a cactus growing in it. I usually watch the ground while decompressing. Suddenly, this skunk will walk right in front of me in hands reach. I never hear it approaching. Every bone in my body says 'run.' But, I freeze, while watching and waiting. That is always an exhausting experience, though getting used to it. I think the skunk waits around the corner until I sit down :)

They sound untrue, although they are. And, there are others like the crickets and the mouse. I awoke from a sleep, discovered this quaint little read, thank you for the smiles . . .

Tim


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Tim, I love the way you describe unwinding 'decompressing' I guess that is exactly what we are doing.

It sounds as though all the animals are ganging up against you. Lol. I wonder why it is that we freeze when we know we should be running or getting out of the way. And ducking from the bats, Hmmm I wonder if there is CCTV cameras about, you may unknowingly be brightening someones evening with a laugh. :)

I am pleased you downloaded the starter kit. I only just learning about Chakra but I have found it peaceful and relaxing and I feel good after listening to the music.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello Rosemay. I am giggling. There is a van parked at the other end of the driveway at the building. We joke saying there is probably a camera pointing through the windshield, 'spying' on when we take smoke breaks. If that is true then someone is really suffering from paranoia.

As far as the wildlife at night I am really amazed. There I am in an industrial zone / small city environment, working alone at late night hours, go outside, and what do you know - across the street is a family of rabbits underneath the shrubs - two larger ones and a baby. I need to get a night vision camera. My co-workers don't believe adding further to my oddness, oh well.

The crickets are funny. They gather at the edge of the opened door's light from inside in the darkness. Yet, they won't cross the line into the light from the office. Silence befalls them. Then, when I go back inside, close the door, an orchestrated ensemble fills the air. Cool, eh? When that is combined with the vlf radio signals from 'outer space' I listen to on the net it is truly an experience. I ponder are they communicating at a frequency level . . .

Have a great day Rosemay. Say hello to the 'peace keeper' and the little one . . .


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Now you have me giggling. When I left papua New Guinea and went back to the UK, my then husband remained. He used to do some work for a guy in Australia who used to pay into our UK bank through a bank in Singapore. Then one day a car appeared at the end of the road and woold sit there day after day. People in the road were getting nervous and the kids were getting scared. So me being the brave one went and gave the guy a piece of my mind. I found later that it was ME under surveillance because of the large amounts of money coming from Singapore. I also found that they had tapped my phone too, I used to wonder what the clicks were. It was a bit scary at the time and nobody approached us so they must have figured it was all innocent, thank the Lord.

I can't believe all those animals on an industrial estate, you should get a night camera. Would make a great hub.

Do you think the crickets are collaberating with the aliens? Maybe they will come and abduct you one night Lol


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Rosemay

Loved this hub. Our brain certainly has a sense of humor.

"We pull our elbows in tight and squeeeeeze our knees (and yes buttocks too) together right? That’s sure to get us through that gap that looks too narrow."

ROFL. I don't drive but I am sure that is what I would do if I did.

Voted up up and away!

Take care :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Sue

I am usually in the passenger seat (thank goodness) otherwise who knows what would happen. Lol. I am pleased this gave you a laugh. Thanks for the vote

Take care and enjoy your week.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I really enjoyed reading this Hub. I learned a lot, too. It was very interesting and informative. Loved the video, too. Voted Up, etc.etc.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello Mary, nice to see you here. I'm pleased you enjoyed the read and the video and was able to learn something from it.

Thank you for the visit.


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Such an entertaining hub! I had a lot fun here ducking, cringing, smiling, hitting the brakes, oh-ing and ah-ing, wow LOL Yeah, I am a bit of perfectionist and the thought of the car paint getting scratches sends my face into crumpled stage like there is no tomorrow. Low hanging branches and busy buses during rush hour give me a guaranteed headache and wrinkles for sure LOL


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Haha Max you sound just like me, as if a scrunched up face is going stop it happening. Lol

I am pleased you had fun with this one and it gave you smiles rather than a headache and wrinkles.

Thank you for reading.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

The gist from philosophers, spiritualists, scientists tells us, mind is interplay of thoughts, emotions and the intellect which, though may be present in all animals is most developed in humans; helps to experience our joy and sorrow, gives desire to end or give life. This entity has a capacity to be rational or irrational, pleasure or pain.

Rosemary, thanks for this comprehensive article on how brain works.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Vinaya thank you for your awesome comment. Yes the mind is a very complex entity and causes us to do some very strange things at times. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read this


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

A Wonderful hub with very useful information. It is very interesting, cleverly written and nicely presented. It is very entertaining too. Well done my friend.

Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Kamalesh

I am pleased you found it usrful as well as entertaining. :))

Enjoy your weekend

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