Everything you wanted to know about science … that my brain can’t cope with

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My brain is a soft and squishy thing.

Yeah, alright, I know everyone’s brain is soft and squishy, being made of water and fat and pumped full of blood and whatnot. But in practice, mine seems to be more squishy than others.

Allow me to give you an example.

I used to work with someone who was the living definition of mercurial – she could switch from generous hearted sweety to flame-breathing mega baggage in seconds. One thing she was terrific at was arguing. That girl could take words and spin them in such a way, you’d be trussed with logic and choking on your own views before you could blink.

And this was where my woolly headedness let me down, because even when I was right, knew I was right – even when she knew I was right – I NEVER WON AN ARGUMENT WITH HER. My poor, laggy brain was just incapable of untangling the mesh of reasoning she wove around me.

Having a fluffy bundle of pink cotton wool where my prefrontal cortex should be is probably also why I’m incapable of deciphering maths and logic puzzles and why I get lost trying to understand physics theories and the periodic table.

Which is a shame because I love science. Love the fact that we can work out which gases distant stars are composed of just from their colour, that we know the universe is expanding and that we know there’s still plenty that we don’t know. Problem is, I don’t really understand it.

I’d like to know why spacetime is compared to a rubber sheet and why gravity affects it. I’d like to know how electricity works and radios and why all the colours of the spectrum combine to make white light.

I’ve tried to lern these facts, honest. But as I memorise Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain, the difference between a neutron and an electron is pushed out of my skull. 

Part of this is retention, I know. If I had an eidetic memory like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, I’d at least be able to spout facts at people, even if I didn’t understand them.

But a skill I’ll never have and one I would dearly love – and therefore my Wednesday Word Tangle – is,

RATIOCINATION: a process of exact thinking or a reasoned train of thought.

I can’t manage this. My general woolliness trips me up, bundling me off into daydreaming about rats with ears like butterfly wings and what would happen if I snorted ground cinnamon. 

I’d like to think that completing a few books of sudokus would help sharpen me up, create some connections which have been missing thus far, but who am I kidding? I am and always will be woolly.

So remember, don’t pick an argument with me – unless you like winning … 

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With thanks to Kat, the originator of W4W

 

 

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27 thoughts on “Everything you wanted to know about science … that my brain can’t cope with

    1. Oh, no! You’re a star arguer too? How do you guys do it? I think it must be an inherited skill, passed down through the genes. It’s certainly one my family have skipped. Thanks lovely x

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      1. But it’s great to have so many connections, firing off one after the other – just as long as they aren’t as tangled as spaghetti too!

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      2. It’s tricky. There’ll be alot of people out there, very envious of your sparky brain! If only we could al take out our batteries every once in a while – just turn ourselves off. That would be fantastic.

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    1. Thank you! I try never to argue – too much of an uptight, repressed English twit to argue. But maybe it’s also because I know, subconsciously that I won’t win 🙂 The tech thing I find frustrating too – I don’t want to be baffled by the modern world like my mother in law! (Though I’m sure I will be)

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  1. Hmm, a kindred spirit … Any, ahem, discussion with my better half ends up with me doubting my memory, worrying about possible aphasia or incipient dementia and faulty sequencing remembering who said what first. And, yes, I too believe in science (if the two terms are not contradictory) but can never get my head around the details, only the general thrust.

    On a practical note I find — with a preference for visuals and learning from muscle memory — that note-taking and mindmaps help me to recall things more accurately. And blogging about it of course …

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    1. Ah, that sounds so familiar … Though, it’s usually with my son I find this. Did I really say he could have three hours of computer time this week if he hoovered and dusted downstairs? 🙂 He’s always very convincing with his arguments. Even mindmaps baffle me – I created some when I was revising for my degree and they were helpful. But I was never quite sure if I was doing it right – if their is a right.

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    1. She should be a politician, you’re absolutely right! Sadly, no – she’s a florist, saving her skills in debating for her spare time! Have fun discovering what the Richard of York reference is – put it this way, it’s a mnemonic.

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