SOCT Paper 18
Your Internal Clock
Did you know that you have a timer in your brain? This timer can be subconsciously set and consciously set. This is a most interesting topic. Eric W. King will help introduce us to this subject with this paper. Read and share with other SOCT students.
Our human brains are very amazing biological computers. We have what we could call an internal timer in our brain mechanism which allows for movements that we make in time. When you see a STOP sign while driving your brain begins to fire signals to nerve centers that allow you to slow down your car just in time to stop at the sign. We stop and go every day. When you realize that you are giving your body nerve signals all the time it becomes astounding to really understand how all of these movements are happening. We do not even have to be conscious of many of these daily acts …we can be thinking about something entirely different than what we are physically doing. ~
We are using what science calls the “interval timer” which really is a psychoactive stopwatch. We now know that the cerebral cortex is the activating point from which our internal clocks work. These actions are found in the center which governs our perception. Our brains act like a giant networking system. Once your brain begins to understand the cycle of an event you experience it records the exact time. For instance, if you set your alarm clock to wake you up at 5 am for work you will find that if you keep your alarm clock off on your day off you will probably still wake up just before the alarm would naturally go off. This is your interval timer at work. Some people can even say to themselves, “I need to wake up at 6 am.” Surprisingly they may wake up just right before 6 am without even having to set an alarm clock. Wow! We have amazing brains! ~
Light & Dark episodes
Our brains note differences in light and darkness. Daily cycles of light and dark cause our bodies to turn on and off certain internal mechanisms such as digestive work and inner cell repairing work. Our entire autonomic system is run on our inner clock system. We do not have to consciously tell our bodies to digest our food…the brain does this on its own time clock according to what is right for our system. The skin pigment known as melanopsin can detect light and light differentials. Our brains even have proper times to administer doses of melatonin which helps us to sleep. Is this not all very amazing? We are complex biological entities. We should never take the gift of life for granted! ~
We have what science calls the inner circadian clock. This is the inner clock that manifests changes in hormones and other processes based on night and day, light and dark..this clock chimes in at every 24 hours. ~
Scientists have mapped out a chart which helps to understand the differing processes that run our bodies throughout a 24 hour period. These inner actions which are controlled by our interval clock are not happening at a conscious level but the amazing fact is…they are happening. Musicians and athletes are using their interval clock to be very precise in their actions. Some people are using their interval clocks more than others based on how active they are. ~
We see these same inner clocks operative in animals such as birds which know when to fly to different locations throughout the year based on climate changes. These cycles are hardwired in animal brains…stamped even in the DNA. Science is currently understanding our inner clocks at the cellular level. Perhaps certain aspects of this powerful inner clock can be used for even greater human achievements. ~
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