Why did we evolve a brain?  What is the brain for?

Cognitive Reserve – A fun, fast, and easy way. Fresh off the playground

Cognitive Reserve – A fun, fast, and easy way.   Fresh off the playground

Daniel Wolpert, a neuroscientist and engineer studies how the brain controls the body. He says: “I believe that to understand movement is to understand the whole brain. And therefore it is important to remember when you are studying memory, cognition, sensory processing, they are there for a reason and the reason is action.”

Why did we evolve a brain?

He asks the question what is the brain for? Why did we evolve a brain? He says “we have a brain for one reason and one reason only and that is to control our movement”. If we were sessile we would not need a brain.

How physically active I have been since childhood?

This is something I have understood for the last several years because of my reading , and then reflecting on my life and how physically active I have been since childhood – and how physically active I remain to this day. Knowing that one has to remain active I continue to train my motor skills. On a regular basis I teach my right and left feet and right and left hands to do novel unique movements. Last year I spent months learning to juggle three clubs. I know how to learn to do difficult physical things; I have been doing it all my life. Learned to unicycle at 30, juggle three balls about 48, tight rope walk early 50s, walk on a loose rope late 50s, snowboard at 60, and three clubs at 72.

Learning to juggle four balls improves many things

This year, I am learning to juggle four balls, hit a speed bag, and balance on a Slack Bow. These are the kind of things that cause the biggest, fastest change in the brain. It is the easiest way for anyone to create cognitive reserve.  See the video.

Train your body to move in novel ways, it is a fun, fast, and easy way to achieve quite wonderful results.



Stephen Jepson "Never Leave The Playground"

Stephen Jepson continues to teach pottery. He is now retired and has dedicated himself to athletic inventions. He is appearing as The Keynote Speaker in many Venues Worldwide. "At age 85", I am living proof of a philosophy that keeps the mind and body active, simply through the art of play. His fun instructional videos are intended to teach anyone from age 6 to 106. Videos available include pottery making videos, and videos on health and wellness & many fun and helpful games.