Brain connections

People often compare the brain to a computer, but the brain doesn’t have USB slots that allow you to pick up new information by jamming a flash drive in your ear.

That would be convenient, if a little painful.

So where do we get all this information sloshing around in our skulls?

You might imagine human memory is a bit like a Santa’s sack filled with life events, song lyrics and the first half of jokes.

But in truth, “memory” is not one single solid thing.

It is a term covering lots of types of recollections that are surprisingly distinct, and used constantly in different combinations by a typical human.

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