Daily Funny – Day #45

I’m doing today’s Funny a little differently. Usually i will try to post a joke or a pun that i found funny to hopefully brighten your day a little (but will most likely just make you groan and wish you hadn’t read it!).

Today however, i’m posting a short excerpt from a book i’m currently reading in my search for material to include in my Manual For The Brain, which i am attempting to write. (See: ‘The Brain and how to better use it’ below my blog header).

It is factual (while containing a simile as a comparison), but none-the-less made me laugh out loud when i read it.

“Did you know that your memory is egotistical?
You might think that it is an accurate record of things that have happened to you, or of stuff you have learned, but it isn’t! Your memory often tweaks or adjusts the information it ‘stores’ so as to make You look better, (your memory acts something) like a doting mother pointing out how wonderful her little Timmy was in the school play, even though little Timmy just stood there, picking his nose and dribbling.”

If you want to find out more you can either wait till i’ve finished the ‘Manual’, or, if you are in a bit of a hurry, you could find a copy of Dr Dean Burnett’s book: “The Idiot Brain”, published by Guardian Books or Faber and Faber, 2016. He’s a neuro-scientist (as well as a part-time stand-up comedian) at Cardiff University, UK.



I feel obliged to point out that the above is how our MEMORY tends to work. Many factors determine what memories we make and what we can recall. Time can and does affect (embellishing or diminishing) our memory recall. Memory will also be determined to a large extent by our PERCEPTION and it’s ability to determine what it thinks is, or can be, ‘real’. If we are constantly given information to the effect that we are useless, ugly, bad or other negatively imbued descriptors this may have very adverse effects on our perception of reality and it’s subsequent retention in memory and recall.

All other things being equal however, and not counting narcissism or personality disorders which are something else again, as our memory is being laid down in our Central Nervous System it is in the habit of trying to make us feel better about ourselves than ‘reality’ might be telling us is the case.




    • Thank You, Judy! 🙂

      and a Happy Valentine’s to you. ❤

      Not yet, but i have seen a couple of doco's on 'Neural Plasticity' in which some amazing examples of how even seriously damaged brains can rewire themselves so as to compensate for lost faculties and how we can even learn to develop a completely new sensory area ( such as detecting magnetic fields for example).

      We are in a brain science explosion at the moment with amazing discoveries becoming commonplace – it's hard to keep up! 😉

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    • It certainly makes one wonder if what we see when we look in a mirror is what others see when they look at us?? We don’t just ‘see what’s there’, or rather we don’t pay attention to ALL of what is there. What we focus on might be different to what someone else does. Our brain cannot deal with every single piece of data all the time and becomes ‘selective’ and probably also a bit biased (in our own favour). Our brains then seem to reinforce this bias in memory storage so that we recall more of the better bits (for us) and lose some of the bad bits.

      I think the effect is more noticeable when we hear a recording of our voice and wonder why we are talking in that weird way? 😉


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