Lizzie here. I am the “notional” part of the brain that tries my best to keep things going on a stable and predictable basis. I shouldn’t really need to do a great deal – not with all the automation. The boffins call it “human homeostasis” but all those upgrades happened before my time.
Anyway if there is a famine I can arrange for the warehouse guys to “eventually” send over some fuel from the fat stores we accumulated during that week long “deep fried battered Snickers eating competition”, (I forget exactly where the fat stores came from) but there is still plenty in the warehouse. Those guys are not so quick or accurate at finding things as they once were though. So we don’t like change and a lot of the systems take me ages to recalibrate – so I’m not changing the settings just because you walk up a flight of stairs or eat an apple.
When we did the last survey. I also noticed an “unwelcome” change. Quite a bit of extra muscle. This is not welcome. It burns extra fuel and needs to be exercised. So where am I supposed to get the extra fuel from – we are in times of austerity and I can’t get the management to change the budgets at this stage in the “reptilian” year.
Then these new and unnecessary additional exercise sessions. So we got used to maintaining and providing the physical capability you required. You didn’t have a stamina or an endurance clause negotiated. We can’t be expected to change things overnight. Who needs to walk 5000 metres on a Saturday morning anyway. That hasn’t happened before – we assumed it was a mistake. Now I have had to get them back at weekend rates some of lower limb technicians. Guys who were pensioned off and were enjoying their retirement to try to keep them repaired. We are going to need smaller overalls and they are thinking of changing some of the extra bars, TV lounges and fast food joints into a gym. The ladies want to start a football team they are bored with bingo.
You think your knees ache you should see the state of the staff working in maintenance. They are working round the clock in shifts and we are struggling to get the spare parts and the specialist tools required. The overtime budget is in tatters.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
All credit for the images of the 3 brains to http://thebrain.mcgill.ca
The content of the site The Brain from Top to Bottom is under copyleft.
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The reptilian brain, the oldest of the three, controls the body’s vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance. Our reptilian brain includes the main structures found in a reptile’s brain: the brainstem and the cerebellum. The reptilian brain is reliable but tends to be somewhat rigid and compulsive.
The limbic brain .. can record memories of behaviours that produced agreeable and disagreeable experiences, so it is responsible for what are called emotions in human beings .. the seat of the value judgments that we make, often unconsciously, that exert such a strong influence on our behaviour.
The neocortex first assumed importance in primates and culminated in the human brain with its two large cerebral hemispheres that play such a dominant role. These hemispheres have been responsible for the development of human language, abstract thought, imagination, and consciousness.
This is the catch all “cop out” clause – These three parts of the brain do not operate independently of one another. They have established numerous interconnections through which they influence one another.
There are almost as many different theories as to the exact way our brain works as there are people in the world. The latest scanners can only detect electrical activity or changes in blood flow / temperature in the body or brain. They cannot determine how or why we do the things we do or how we think. As yet MRI scanners are not portable so are confined to research and medical facilities.
More conflicting information here – The limbic system (or paleomammalian brain) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbic_system
The above note on Wikipedia made me smile. As no-one really has ANY better an idea than any other. The leading medical texts will differ in their interpretation and as each person is different and the human organism is capable of great change and adaptation – my advice is to go with what works for you!
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The guys in self esteem wanted me to give you this certificate because they are having a party. One of them placed a bet a while ago – on the likely-hood of 30 minutes continuous exercise being completed and the bookie gave them amazing odds. So with their considerable payout they threw the longest office party in recorded history!
They want to keep going but their whole department needs time to rest and recover.