Aside from linking to worthy blogs, that hasn't happened much. And after trying to write today's post, I think I know why.
It's not that there's a sudden shortage of interesting, moving, or funny stuff out there.
It's that I can't seem to form an original thought to comment on it all. If there's going to be brilliant commentary on the topic, it's going to have to happen in the comments section, by someone who isn't me.
Today I wanted to share a 2015 TED talk (video) by neuroscientist David Eagleman, who researches perception and brain plasticity. He's also an articulate, engaging, well-prepared speaker. His topic: Can we create new senses for humans? It's twenty minutes long, but seemed far less. And I learned a new word: umwelt. It is a weirdly useful word.
Anything to do with brain plasticity grabs my attention. Plasticity describes the ability of one area of the brain to take over the functions of another area in case of stroke or other damage. I first learned about the concept after my father's stroke, when I was trying to find everything I could about stroke rehabilitation. He was desperate to be able to walk again. Unfortunately, there were too many strikes against him in terms of damage done by the stroke, his general health, and available therapies, and re-wiring his brain to allow him to use his paralyzed limbs was not going to happen.
But that explains how I got to the TED talk. If you're interested, click HERE.
If not, you are welcome to look at these pretty things:
|mixed deciduous and evergreen forest near my home|
|a dianthus, one of my favourite flowers in the garden, still blooming|
|lacework against a grey sky|
|another hardy soul in the garden - its leaves are turning purple as the weather gets chilly|
|the sky at dusk|
|wild berries along the walking trail|
|wild apples, also along the trail|
|our burning bush (Euonymous alatus, I believe)|
|after a rainfall|
|the butterfly bush is still blooming, but the blossoms are about one-third as long as they were in warmer weather|
|I hope the owner of this didn't need it anymore|
Hope all is well in your corner of the world.
P. S. In case you wondered, Fred is my camera. (See title.)