Today I don’t have much to write. And admittedly that in itself is not a first sentence that will make you devour this entry. Shit even the second and third sentence are not Pulitzer material. But I have a few smaller items that I wanted to share, sort of like a flea market of features. The blossoms whose name I still cannot remember, although I have asked a dozen time are blooming again in full force. Name or no name the bottom line is they look pretty and they smell like Summer. I have a bad day, two noses full of these blossoms and it’s all by-gones. If someone knows what they are called, please let me know.
We also have these flowers blooming – correct, don’t know their name either. They don’t smell, but they are as gracious as a ballet dancer on tip-toes and that innocent white is just fantastic to me.
Now that we have covered the flora, let’s move on, by picking up on a comment I made about the reptilian core in our brains, yesterday.
I studied up a bit and that’s what I want to share next.
So here is how it works: (I made this sketch for you for easier understanding)
–Reptilian Core (Red): This is supposedly the oldest part of our brain. It runs the basics – the vital functions, such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature. Apparently it is pretty reliable, but compulsive. I think what this means is that it is the parts the protects a person under extreme conditions but it’s maybe also where the asshole in all of us resides.
–Limbic (Blue): In charge of memories, positive and negative experiences causing emotions. Supposedly, it developed with the advent of the mammals. The Limbic is really what the Reptilian Core of marketers are really after – tapping into emotions to make people buy stuff. Maybe this is really what separates us from lower life forms, such as The Simpsons.
–Neocortex (Green): the latest addition to our brain.It comes in two convenient hemispheres comfortably conforming to our skull cavity. The Neocortex developed when the primates entered the playhouse of evolution. It is in charge of abstraction, making conclusions, creativity, learning and consciousness. Clearly the conscience part of consciousness is still under development in a few of us, not to say it is a bit retarded for a few humans. Not sure if this is the parts that makes us the crown of creations, it makes us care and manipulative, compassionate and cruel, it makes us talk about being rational in an irrational way:”Shit, I am totally rational, you don’t know what your are talking about, M.F.!”
But this is not about judging. In fact the brain section is now closed and we move on to breakfast, the one I enjoyed this morning at the RMA Institute on Soi 22. It’s a great little place that consists of an outdoor eating area and an enclosed one-room art gallery. Everything you consume there is made fresh, which takes time. When the place is buzzing it can take some time to get food. In order to prep the customers for a longer wait and to provide he kitchen staff with a reprieve, they put up this cool sign.
I love the idea of making up this story and everybody wins.
With that, our little Fleamarket is closing. Stay sharp and don’t be afraid of the Reptilian Core, just listen to the Johnny Cash Song “The Beast In Me” on American Recordings 1. It tells a story of the journey the Reptilian Core can take a man on.