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Common Sense

I've had some great conversation recently which included a few conversations about the lack of common sense in the world. Interestingly from my conversations the lack of common sense in the world appears to be a fairly common view! So I was listening to Marcus Buckingham author of "Discover Your Strengths" and I found my mind relating back to the common sense conversations I’d had.


This is the essence of what Marcus said. "On the 42nd day after conception the brain starts developing neurons, but not a few neurons, a 100 billion, and not over a life time, But 100 billion neurons in 120 days that's 9500 per second. But just like transistors which make up computer chips neurons can't do anything unless they're connected. So 60 days before birth our neurons start trying to connect to each other and when they make a connection, bingo a synapse is formed. But neurons don't just join to one other neuron, on average every neuron connects to 15,000 other neurons. 
So just to be clear this means that by the time your 3 years old you have 100 billion neurons each with 15,000 connections"


Marcus says that the areas of the brain which have the strongest connections are the ones which govern most of our thoughts


Now this got me thinking over a very nice glass of Chapel Hill Vedehlo (a wine I would recommend if you ever see it). With so many neurons and synapses the configuration of my brain and hence my strongest connections are going to be very different to everyone else’s in the world


You and me are absolutely unique, not just a little but if we (6.5 billion people) were computers and our neurons were identical transistors it would take more than 2,100 years before an identical configuration was built. Add in the complexity of biology, learning and memory and the figure becomes an infinite length of time.


To me this means I can think in a way that no one else has, will or would, and hence I will do things that no else has, will or could do.

And if I'm looking for “my view of common sense” then maybe its going to be a little harder to find than I used to think.


Which I guess is why a lack of common sense in the world is a fairly common view.

David Gardner




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