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The human brain is very poor at knowing things. On the other hand, it is very rich at believing things. What, for example, does your brain believe? I can tell you some of the things that my brain believes.

I believe (but cannot know) that I may well be the happiest man in the world. I believe that the world that I live in is la dolce vita!

Whatever may be true in physics in the Milky Way, and beyond, as far as my brain is concerned (as far as the cognitive physics of my neurosphere is concerned) my brain has created for me the good life!

We could just stop here. Or, we can go on …

As proof of my brain’s happy belief I have quite a lot of evidence to support it. But, not enough to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

What evidence do you have to support what your brain believes?

I must say that although my brain is by no means perfect (far from it!), I’m very pleased with its performance over the last 7 decades. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It surprises me and puzzles me. It challenges and also enables me. It plays me. It can ignore me. Trick me. Expose me. Even, hate me. But, to be fair, it has even saved my life on more than one occasion.

I don’t have a pet cat. I have a pet brain. It’s always been the favourite of all my gadgets. I will even go so far as to say, for the first time in public. I love my brain!

Yes, we’ve had many adventures together.

Flashback!! 🙂

Wired-logo-largeMargaret Hamilton wasn’t supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon. It was 1960, not a time when women were encouraged to seek out high-powered technical work. Hamilton, a 24-year-old with an undergrad degree in mathematics, had gotten a job as a programmer at MIT, and the plan was for her to support her husband through his three-year stint at Harvard Law. After that, it would be her turn–she wanted a graduate degree in math.

But the Apollo space program came along. And Hamilton stayed in the lab to lead an epic feat of engineering that would help change the future of what was humanly–and digitally–possible.

Click to read the original article in WIRED …