Sunday, 29 December 2013

Senses and Observations

Everyday is a new day, a day full of experiences and surprises. with each day passing, one encounters plethora of events- both knowingly and unknowingly- that are sometimes expected and sometimes not. These events can be literally anything. Maybe an important meeting, an exam or a date with someone. It can be any random event , in fact. But why is it that we remember not all of it (of course one can't forget a date!)

We might retain the events but majority of times the very minute details of these events somehow slip out of our most important organ of our body, the brain. Our brain takes in mammoth amounts of things in it, so much that its retention capacity takes a beating! It tends to remember many things, but not everything. Whatever the eyes see, whatever the ears hear, whatever our body feels or senses, every slightest of the details get stored in our brains. But with time or actually at that very instance some of those details slip out unknowingly.

This very complex yet essential organ of ours is like a media center. It has the audios(the noises from the ear), it has the videos and the still images. But it is a unpredictable media center as it automatically deletes some of the data stored in it. Now that's not at all what the user(humans) would want. But the truth is, our brain doesn't delete the data it just stacks more and more of data on it which results in the so called "loss of data". (Data here refers to the memories, information or rather anything present inside the brain) Now, what is interesting here is that if our brain has the data then why can't we retrieve it? Why is it that the brain ditches by not providing the data at the most crucial time? Well, the answers lie in a word. Observation.

As Sherlock Holmes says, "Don't just see it, observe it", he is truly right in saying that. Now, some might argue that Sherlock is a fictional character and it's all unreal but why not learn from fiction! One can learn from anywhere it's just that you need to "observe" and learn. For those who have seen the Sherlock series they might say that the way he deduces is just uncommon and impossible and yes they maybe right but one can at least learn the way he observes or rather "sees" things. 

Observing rather than seeing helps the brain to store the data with more longevity. Now, seeing and observing have slight but crucial differences in their meanings. Seeing is just what our eyes witness and observing is more of focus and concentration than just seeing. The brain retains things which are more focused upon, things which we observe more than anything else. Observing doesn't just involve using the eyes but all our senses; the ears, the nose , the eyes , the tongues and the touch. All of these contribute to the observation because the brain stores the data provided by these senses.

If one observes even the slightest touch, the quietest of noises or the most hidden visuals, surely that person will remember that thing for a more longer period. The more observed events stay for a longer period and they are reminded more easily. Observing isn't a difficult task what difficult is maintaining the focus. Yes, observations fall in place automatically when enough focus is laid upon. And of course, initially it isn't easy but with practice your brain will be a hard drive with infinite storage. And it isn't tough, it's just using your senses about what they tell you. Observe and you won't forget a thing, observe and you'll remember all when required, observe and  "memory loss" would be a long forgotten history!

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