Posted February 26, 2013on:
What makes humans amazing is their ability to adapt – adapt to cold, adapt to heat, adapt to new home, culture, school and language. We grow up continually needing to adapt to new situations. Our brain is the same, I once heard a story about a man who lost half of his brain, doctors had said over and over again that he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life, but his remaining half of the brain adapted to the situation, overcame the predicament. His remaining half of the brain compensated for the lost half of the brain.
“The human brain has a remarkable ability to adapt to various types of trauma, such as traumatic brain injury and stroke, making it possible for people to continue functioning after key brain areas have been damaged,” said Marcel Just, the D. O. Hebb Professor of Psychology at CMU and CCBI director. “It is now clear how the brain can naturally rebound from injuries and gives us indications of how individuals can train their brains to be prepared for easier recovery. The secret is to develop alternative thinking styles, the way a switch-hitter develops alternative batting styles. Then, if a muscle in one arm is injured, they can use the batting style that relies more on the uninjured arm.” quoted from https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/january/jan16_brainadaptstoinjury.html
It’s not just brains though, emotionally we can adapt too. Deaths in the family or of a friend, loss of partner or a pet, loss of home or job. In all these situations, physically and emotionally we have to adapt… And very fast.
This ability to adapt ensures the survival of our species, for example: a mothers milk dries up, her young needs food, because people realised it isn’t easy for all mothers to feed their young, we developed formula and overtime a short time babies adapt to drink the formula.
This ability to adapt gives me great hope for the future of the human race, I also hope in generations to come that the human race will be able to find a way to live on other planets.
Titan – Saturn’s moon, is a earth like moon, only instead of water being all over it, it is methane. Methane oceans, rivers and rain. It also has a denser atmosphere to earth – astronomers believe the methane sort if just, slowly falls to the ground like snow flakes. With the apparent ‘rise’ in methane gases in our own atmosphere, maybe overtime humans will adapt to live in these kinds of conditions and move to Saturn’s moon instead (an unlikely story but just an example of where our adaptability could take us).
I would also like to point out, our ability to adapt can also set us back – now I’m not against technology, as we live in a technologically advanced world ( and it keeps getting better, can I hear a yay for graphene?
But our kids are glued to their phones, MP3 players, tabs and computers. When I watch TV I see advertisements majority of the time and for fast food. I see kids shows about fighting and movies about war, it’s no wonder people love the drama of fighting with strangers over social media – are we setting our children up for failure, are we teaching our children that fatty food and fighting is ok?
What happened to education? What happened to teaching out children about being nice to others? What happened to health? When was the last time you saw a healthy advertisement on TV? Well I see McDonald, hungry jacks ( Burger King for Americans) and KFC.
We unfortunately have not adapted as human beings to fill our bodies with trans fats, food additives, artificial colourings and so on. I think food wise we need to go back to basics, I think we need to get the fast food adds off the TV, play more documentaries, explore space more, fight less and stop being so involved with what other people are doing on Facebook, it was only a few years ago I stopped hearing the saying “I’ll call you” now it’s “speak to you on Facebook” – at least when you called someone you knew your conversation wouldn’t involve a bunch of nosy Nancys watching your every move because they don’t have anything better to talk about. Re: see: urban dictionary Facebook stalker
That is a pure example of the bad ways people can adapt, kids are growing up with the idea in their head that fighting over the Internet is normal, and stalking is normal and eating a whole days worth of fats and sugars in one meal 3-4 times a day is normal when it isn’t.
Keep in mind this Is my opinion and it is very clear to me many people don’t share the same views as me, but all I can do as a blog owner is speak my mind and hope to inspire.