It seems counterintuitive that we, as Americans, are aware of many small but imminent dangers in our lives and continue to think that we are invincible. Small things like slipping in the shower or or not locking a ladder properly threaten us everyday.
We tend to obsess about the unimportant things in our lives, when other things we do are careless and dangerous. We just don’t stop to think about them like that. Other cultures are acutely aware of the every-day dangers they face. They have less trivial things in their lives to distract them from being thoughtful and careful with their lives; the most precious things they – and we – could ever own.
It seems counterintuitive that our human psyches process things in a backward manner a lot of the time. If we get praised for good work on an assignment or a job that we’re doing, we relax. Therefore, we tend to not do as well the next time. The opposite seems to also be true. Harsh words or punishment for a job poorly done seems to motivate, as we don’t want to suffer embarrassment again.
We visit a doctor only when it seems as if we are really sick; it seems to make more sense to get more regular check-ups when we’re healthy, and catch illnesses in the beginning before they get worse. But our minds don’t think that way, we don’t think we need a doctor unless we know there is something abnormal about our health.
It seems counterintuitive that technology for monitoring brain activity has been around since the 50’s but we’re only tapping it’s true potential now. With the EEG and ECoG systems, we can monitor the brainwaves of the disabled and help them communicate effectively with us, making it possible to restore our personal relationships with someone who suffered a terrible illness or accident.