Saturday, May 12, 2007

Drugs and Coincidences

It's amazing how many coincidences happen in daily life. I was just sitting in the park reading in my new book about neurons. A guy cycled by with his bike slowly quietly saying something I interpreted as Graz. As a matter of fact, I was sitting in the town Graz, but why did he tell me this. So I repeated in a questioning voice: Graz? He turned around and said: "grass, weeds..."

Now it got clear to me, he was selling drugs there. I just shook my head and he went off. I thought that I should have given him a stupid answer like "I'm satisfied with how the neurotransmitters in my brain work" because that is what I was just reading about - neurotransmitters.

I read on in my book. And the second next sentence I was reading was:

Many drugs work by affecting the rate and quantity of particular neurotransmitters released and the speed at which they are broken down and reabsorbed.
I was thinking: what kind of coincidence was that? Why did this guy have to cycle by at exactly this moment. It really gave me a big smile. So you could say, my mood was elevated by drugs - but as you see you don't have to smoke weed to make yourself happy :)


Anonymous said...

What is co-incidence really? Brain waves that collide in mid-air?
The other day I picked up the phone to dial Deepa and had her call me the very same moment on the other phone!
We have had such experiences ourselves. Like the time when you were expecting my call. And confused the person who was trying to call you because you thought it was me. Apparently the miracle waves can be transmitted 6000 km! How do you explain it?
It's stranger when it happens with someone you don't know. But maybe the guy just happened to see the book you were reading and thought you might be interested? ;)

Anonymous said...

Also, is there anyone in this park, other than you, who does anything but drink and do drugs?
It's sad really.

Anonymous said...

Here's a fun fact since you like brains so much:

Fact of the Day: aging
In a human being between the ages of 20 and 75, it is estimated that an average of 50,000 neurons atrophy or die each day. In a healthy person, this loss is roughly equal to ten percent of the original neuron supply. Indeed, by the age of 75 the weight of the brain is reduced from its maximum at maturity by about one-tenth, the flow of blood through the brain by almost one-fifth, and the number of functional taste buds by about two-thirds.