It’s the brain chemistry

wood 2I am awed by some of the newer brain research that has been coming out in recent years, particularly as regards the developing child/adolescent brain.  Here are a few factoids of interest:

  • The brain develops from back to front; that is, from critical life-sustaining functions in the brain stem (like breathing) to the more complex, problem-solving matters in the frontal lobe (perhaps calculus…personally, I never got there, but you get the point.)
  • The limbic area (further back in the brain) is the home for our fight/flight/freeze response when we are afraid or angry—again, part of the life-protecting response to some perceived danger, I suppose.
  • The frontal lobe (housed right behind the forehead) is also for decisions involving the word should, (as in, “no, I definitely should NOT take calculus”), and involves moral and ethical capabilities.
  • And here’s the kicker—the frontal lobe does not fully develop in the human brain until the early to mid-twenties.

 Explains a lot, don’t it?

So when I read this from Continue reading “It’s the brain chemistry”

A Bad Case of the Shoulds

wood 2So much of the Christian contemporary music sounds the same.  At least most of the stuff that plays on the radio, that is.  Don’t get me wrong—I love the message.  I’m not a well-informed music critic; it’s just that I like variety.  (I also love pizza, but not for breakfast, lunch, and supper everyday…)  It’s unfortunate that, when spinning the dial—and I date myself with that one!—to find some good tunes, you can automatically tell it’s a Christian station, not by the words necessarily, but by the sound. 

But this writing isn’t about music, per se.  I’m actually considering Continue reading “A Bad Case of the Shoulds”