I was watching a quiz show on TV recently, and came across a great example of the underused power of the brain. You may think it’s nonsense, but that may be my point…
The quiz show was QI, where points are loosely given for answers which are ‘quite interesting’. It’s a trivia quiz basically, with the panellists playing with words and knowledge loosely centred around a particular letter, in this case ‘J’.
On this episode one of the guests was Victoria Coren, who has carved a niche for herself as a broadcaster, historian and, er, poker player. On the show she said she had been having a strange dream about the show, that a question would come up asking why March Hares were important to the Aztec civilisation – did they worship them maybe?
An odd thing to say, but just the kind of odd statement that comes up on the show, and later on in the recording the producers got the host to ask the question ‘why did the Aztecs worship hares?’
Much laughter and merriment, but then the host went on to say that the Aztecs worshipped rabbits not hares, but many people believed it was the Jack Rabbit in particular, which is in fact a type of hare.
The team of researchers had obviously been busy during the recording, and Victoria could not believe it was true.
While she thought she had been relaying a random dream about being on the show, the facts seemed to add up, and not only that, they featured the letter J with the jack rabbit.
Some people might say that this was just a coincidence, but others might say it was her subconscious mind coming up with something for her to use on the show. In her sleep it had sifted through the files of knowledge in her mind and had come up with the rabbits and the Aztecs.
She said she had no knowledge of ever coming across the fact, but it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to think that the brain absorbs knowledge without us knowing it, if that makes sense.
It’s a big part of how we learn our mother tongue when we grow up for example, the knowledge simply ‘appears’ in our brain after we are exposed to it in our formative stages.
I love the show and I love this harebrained story about brain power!
It makes me wonder how much knowledge is lurking in my brain without me knowing it – what could I tap into and use, what potential is sitting there just waiting to be unleashed?
How about your own brain?
Understanding of the brain is still so limited, and I always like to think it’s up to us whether we want to use ideas like this to push ourselves forward, even if we are not sure whether they are true or not!
So many people tell themselves they can’t do things – not only have they not ever tried, it could be possible that they *already* have the knowledge they need! Think to your own goal – have you really tapped the full well of knowledge you might have, or are you dismissing the possibilities without giving them a chance?
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‘Til Next Time,
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