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What is your Braindedness (*not* to be confused with Brain-dead-ness)

Welcome to third installment of insanity :-). Today was a rather monotonous day at work, and one of those rare days where left half of my brain got put to more use than right. Which means that the right half is fresh as freshly chopped cucumber and raring to blog! First a quick crash course on human brain (without making it too gory). Our brain (you know that thing up there ;-)) happens to have two halves. Now for some weird quirk of nature, things get a little messy here - the left half controls right half of your body and vice versa. Not only that, both halves are associated with different centers of learning. You do your creative thinking using right half and logical thinking using left. So as things stand (and they are most unlikely to change in foreseeable (or not so foreseeable) future), when you are painting or enjoying music, you are putting your right half to use while when you are cracking a mathematical problem (calculus anyone ;-)) you are straining your left half. Any guesses as to which half is being put to use when watching an Arnie action flick? Neither of course!

Really bright people are known to use both halves in more or less equal proportions. Einstein for example, was a physicist and a (albeit lousy) violin player. Leonardo Da Vinci was a painter and scientist. The list could go on.

It is possible to create situations where your left and right brains tell you conflicting things to do, and I am going to put you through precisely one such situation. Try to say the colors of the word instead of what is written (remember say the colors, *don't read*, and do it loudly for maximum effect ;-)):


Depending on how many of those you got right, you are either right "brained" or left "brained" (or brain dead).

Changing topic, and this should appeal your right brain, I've just laid my hands on soundtrack of the movie "Catch me if you can" (one with Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg). The score has been composed by John Williams and is a fine speciman of progressive Jazz - especially the title sequence "Catch Me If You Can" - it captures the true essence of cat and mouse, spy vs spy chase which the movie is all about. If you remotely like the sound of Jazz, its a must have for your collection.

I have a queer ear for music (actually queer is a queer term to use in this context). On several counts, while watching movies in theatre, I've found the entire audience gripped by a tense sequence on screen but yet found myself savoring the dark notes of the piano in the background. Now if I am with friends, this usually spawns a brief dialog that goes like:

Did you hear that sequence in D Flat Minor!!!?.

This habit (knack?) can make it watching movies with me a slightly testing exercise - unless of course your inclination for music is >= mine :-) [the >= was meant to probe if your left brain was still paying attention].
posted: 13.5.03

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