What if we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people with all the existing human ratios remaining the same? What would that little global village look like?

This micro-village would look something the following. There would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
89 would be right-handed
11 would be left-handed
6 would possess 59% of the world’s wealth and all 6 would be Americans
80 would live in sub-standard housing
70 would be unable to read or write
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education, and
1 would own a computer.

Think about it and post your comment:
When you think about the world from this compressed perspective what, in your opinion, is the most interesting thing for you to consider?


Think of your brain as a necktop computer. Which, of course, it is.

Your brain’s computing power, with its massive network of over 100 billion brain cells, is around 100 TFlop/s (“teraflops” or trillions of calculations per second).

Each one of your billions of brain cells is like a computer processing unit–taking information IN and sending it OUT. It’s the earth’s supreme intelligent machine. And, you are a lucky owner.

The problem is how to boost your brain’s software because the software you are currently using is over 2500 years old!

• In 2008, the worlds #1 supercomputer is Roadrunner–at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico USA–which was built by IBM.
• It has set a new record of 1.7 petaflops.
• But human brains are still better than supercomputers in many respects.
• Brains are portable. Roadrunner is the size of two basketball courts and weighs 200 tons.
• The average brain is 56 cubic inches and weighs 3.3 pounds.
• The human brain is distinguished by its ability to think and create in addition to simply processing information quickly.

There’s one big difference between your brain and a supercomputer: consciousness.

You are aware of this difference and a computer is not.

Computers do not have emotions, thoughts and dreams. At least not yet! Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly developing emotional capabilities in computers and robots.

When we first started teaching sports thinking to triathletes ten years ago there were those who thought we were being facetious if not downright oxymoronic. But, think about it!

Why should sports be protected from thinking?

“Sports and games are hurdling borders as never before, breeding fresh champions, creating new wealth and changing the lives of individuals and the destiny of nations” writes International Editor, Michael Elliott, in a Special Edition of Time magazine titled Games People Play.


He goes on to write about ‘Serious Fun’ and that, “In this Olympic Year, we chose as our topic the games people play, and the ways in which sports are an essential part of our humanity”.

••• See also School of Sports Thinking at Australian Sports Commission

••• See also  Sports legend named Australian Thinker of the Year

The smell of a flower – The memory of a walk in the park – The pain of stepping on a nail. These experiences are made possible by the 3 pounds of tissue in our heads…the BRAIN!!

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