Re: Brain Changes

From: Ian Goddard (
Date: Tue Apr 25 2000 - 12:06:42 MDT

At 09:19 PM 04/24/2000 -0700, you wrote:

> > 2. "Our brain is not adapting."
> > 3. "Red is no longer real red."
> > This extract is taken from the heading "Thresholds of the Biological"
> > "Recent studies out of Germany -- from Tuebingen University and
> > Gesellschaft fur Rationelle Psychologie in Munich -- show that our
> > contemporary environments have, in fact, already changed our biology. In
> > the last twenty years, from repeated testings of four thousand
> > participants, the senses of smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing have
> > decreased at a rate of nearly one percent per year. "15 years ago, Germans
> > could distinguish 300,000 sounds. Today, on average, they only make it to
> > 180,000. Many children stagnate at 100,000....

  IAN: It occurs to me that I've observed a significant
  difference in kids now versus when I was a pre-teen
  kid (some 22 years ago). When I was a kid, kids spent
  their free time running around outside, playing in the
  woods, building forts and such. Since then there's been
  a profound transition in how kids spend their free time.
  Now kids spend much/most of their free time sitting in
  front of TV and computer screens playing video games.
  Kids used to keep many paths in the local woods well
  trod when I was a kid, but now most are grown over,
  which testifies to this transition in activities.

  Considering that the speakers on TVs and computers
  have a limited range of sounds versus the real world,
  and monitors have a limited range of colors versus
  the real world, one might, independent of the cited
  findings, hypothesize that people raised on diminished
  sensory input would have diminished sensory capability.
  While some of the claims raised sound rather dubious,
  such a diminution of sensory awareness might not be.


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