Have you ever tried to consciously stop your breathing? Well, even if you did, you would have found out that you can’t. Something kicks in the brain central command site that sends alarm bells to your muscles to start the breathing mechanism.
And if you’re a normal healthy person experiencing hunger pangs, you can’t help your saliva glands from activating when you smell the aroma of delicious food.
But what about learning? Do we have the capacity to always learn? How much capacity does our brain have before it says “I’m full”?
“The human brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. . .
Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes).
For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.”
~ Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, writing for Scientific American, April 2010.
Now that capacity is out of the question, what’s stopping you from ‘Always Learning’?
What’s stopping you from ‘Always Learning’?
it is learning about another function,
a computer system,
a business process,
a new management discipline,
a framework for thinking and organising,
a new sport,
an artistic interest,
a different hobby,
reading a new genre,
studying a new subject,
learning about learning (!),
or simply trying new activities in your home or community . . .
Go, give it a try.
C’mon. Be curious. Take courage.
Be ‘Always Learning’.
You have far more capacity than you can imagine!