#7 Numbers


A Podcast to Remember (How Memory Works) from Stuff You Should Know discussing how memory works and the capacity of the human brain to store the equivalent of 2.5 million gigabytes of digital memory. A closer look at the science behind memory, and how modern technology may be changing it.


Again sourcing from a podcast episode, The Unknown Brain from The TED Radio Hour. Although the human brain weighs only 2 percent of the body, it alone uses 25 percent or 1/4 of all the energy that your body requires to run per day.


Another segment in the podcast episode, The Unknown Brain, from The TED Radio Hour. This speaker explores how cooking is the explainable reason for our unique brains and their ability to add more neurons. In comparison with a gorilla's 9 billion neurons in the cerebral cortex, humans have 16 billion.  


This podcast with Dr. Mayank Mehta on Brain Matters, examined how rodents and humans perceive space and time. Tests showed that when rats were placed in a Virtual Reality environment, that nearly 60% of the neurons in the Hippocampus shut down versus normal.


A Brain Inspired, podcast episode discussing how sound waves get transformed into concepts in our minds. Gamma brain waves are <30 herz, and involved in heightened learning tasks while theta brain waves range from 3-8 herz and can be linked to a sleepy and tired state of being.


Another segment in the podcast episode, The Unknown Brain, from The TED Radio Hour discussing how an elephant brain on average weighs 12 pounds, which is  four times the size of an average human brain weighing 3 pounds.


For the final Nothing but a Number Series, I choose to depict the number of hours I have listened to podcasts (441 hours) which was my method of data collection during the two weeks. Translated into days this is equivalent to 18 full days.

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