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The Brain is Like An Engine

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Andy Young

on 15 August 2013

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Transcript of The Brain is Like An Engine

The Brain Is Like An Engine
The Engine
In order for a Volkswagen engine to run properly, Every part needs to be built to precision and assembled precisely.
Similarly, the human brain needs to have developed correctly in order for it to also work properly. It takes many separate systems inside both to work properly in order for a car to run and a brain to function properly.
The Case
Before you can even begin to build a solid engine, you need to start off with a good case. It needs to be cast properly and then line-bored with in the correct tolerances for the exact crank that is added. The oil galleys need to be clear of obstructions that could cause a blockage of oil circulation over the bearings and the rest of the bottom end.

I would say that this would be similar to the actual development of the brain inside of the fetus. Any problems in this stage can jeopardize the mental health and physical well being of the child.
The Crank
The main bearings are added and the crank is seated into the case, This crank rotates and will turn the pistons, cam, flywheel and belt. Following the crank, the cam is installed. The cam is used to move the lifters that will open and close the valves in the heads for the actual combustion..

I believe that the Frontal Lobe would fit the bill for this function. It controls movement, behavior and physical reactions.
Connecting Rods
The connecting rods are attached to the crank and move up and down the cylinders almost like a pump. The create compression and suction inside the cylinders. If one was to break or even come lose a single millimeter in any direction, the engine must be rebuilt.

I would think that a stroke would have a similar effect on the brain, but sadly one cannot simply rebuild one.
Heads
The heads are where the explosions happen. Fuel and air mixtures are sucked in, compressed and detonated inside them. Electricity sent through the distributor ignites them.

Inside the brain the synapses fire the electrical pulses that move us along.
Top End
The top end is comprised of various parts for fuel, spark and cooling. Each and everyone important. Some may not be as vital and could be bent, like a piece of cooling tin for example. That bent piece can still cause a cylinder head to head up more than the others and increase wear. Over many thousands of miles this could result in a failure on that cylinder.

Small and slight imperfections or damage to any part of the brain may not yield immediate signs of problems but over the course of several years symptoms may arise.
Conclusion
It is not enough to simply assemble an engine. Everything must be carefully measured, adjusted and remeasured. Clearances, dwell, carb jetting, deck height, displacement, compression and many other measurements and settings must be done and then maintained for the life of the engine in order for it to remain healthy.

The same is true with our brains, we need to eat foods that fuel our brains, rest, exercise and stimulate them. We need to take care of them. A healthy lifestyle, environment and plenty of imagining will ensure they go thousands of miles too.
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