There’s so much exciting press about brain research recently, it makes me “think.”
My brain is up there in my skull: In the dark. In silence. No touch, no taste, no smell. It receives information about the outside world via neurons, in the form of electrical signals, from my eyes, ears, skin, tongue, and nose. It uses these electrical signals to build pictures of my world, both immediate and long-term.
This makes my brain seem to be a remote pilot, somewhat like a space explorer, sending probes here and there in the universe.
But that’s not how I feel. I feel entirely immersed in my environment. I see, hear, feel, taste, smell an immediate, integrated world. So somehow, along with all its other miraculous capabilities, my brain makes me feel right at home amidst all my sensations.