Open Brain

Information goes in, and it goes out. That’s what the brain does. It acts a processor, a cruncher, an analysis machine, and it’s where we exist as human beings. In the mind, in the brain.

It is essentially a three step process –

Information goes in – we see, we hear, we read. Those who are bright don’t just exist in their own world – they take in information constantly. In a way, there is almost too much data out there, and we have to find what’s relevant to us. Take your pick – books, movies, blogs – it’s a glut.

Data gets crunched – we all have our own models of how things work. We process what our senses feed us, and add what we already know, and we generate meaning. Is it funny? useful? Analysing things is sometimes not in our control, so we have to watch what happens in our head ie prejudices, first impressions.

Out it goes – it’s fun being exposed to ideas, and making sense of it all, but the really great part is sharing what you know – sending the information back out into the world – talking, writing, engaging with others.

The Open Brain is probably not so much about the middle step (processing the info, which deserves it’s own post) but rather the flows in and the flows out. When things are going really well for us, we take things in so easily, and enrich it for others.

A lot of mental problems have to do with impaired information flows. Autism (info in), Old Age (info in), Depression (info out), Mania (info out).

When my Brain is Fully Open, I find I can read gazillions of pages, incorporate much of it, and then type to my heart’s content. That isn’t a boast, but just an example of what I think the Open Brain is all about.

Open your Brains!


6 Responses to “Open Brain”

  1. stephentrepreneur Says:

    Great and simple post.
    Unfortunately “opening your brain” is a trait that we don’t learn in any institution.

  2. SilverTiger Says:

    The brain is indeed a remarkable phenomenon. We can build machines that are physically stronger, faster, more accurate and more efficient that human beings but we are nowhere near producing something as able as the brain, let alone in such a small volume. Will we ever be able to do so?

    The human character of the human brain is both its weakness and its strength. Compared with scientific instruments, it is very poor at discovering facts about the universe we live in but it can do one thing that no instrument can do: appreciate the beauty of that universe. The camera may make the most wonderful pictures but intellectually it is blind. The human eye sees but dimly but the brain gives meaning and value to the images it captures.

    The universe is full of wonders but only the brain can wonder.

    Email SilverTiger

  3. tobeme Says:

    I love your thoughts on the “open brain”. I never heard that term used before. Excellent way to describe the “flow”, you are correct, when we have an open brain, that is when we are performing at our optimum from an intelligance perspective. Combine open brain and soulfuness and then we are at our otimum human experience.

  4. Kelly Says:

    Yes, when I’m depressed, the outward flow stops. I love love love it when I’m in the zone, alert, clear-headed and alive…hungrily lapping up data and information and sensory input all around me, crunching, collating, then diluting and sharing. I can’t think of much that makes me happier. K

  5. ggwfung Says:

    Thanks for the summary Kelly. I find when I’m really in the zone, it verges on a sort of mania, the thoughts flow so quickly and swirlingly, the connections between odd things can be quite amusing.

    And then dropping back to ordinary isn’t a good feeling 🙂


  6. naturalhigh Says:

    I like this take on the flow of info. I find that we all have filters for what comes in. We add meaning. Nothing we hear or read escapes our own filter. Nothing comes in purely and exactly as another person intended their words to mean.

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