For all non-Kiwis, this is Dan Carter, All Black and Rugby God.
Note the reaction to "Tangerine".
When the male mind becomes exhausted as to colour selection, the default state is BEER
I'm not good at networking.
I get on fine with just about everyone, and can have amiable chats with all levels of society.
But I can't remember their names.
Because they don't have any immediate function to my current or immediate tasks, then I just gently erase them from my memory.
For the past 200 years, we've been teaching kids using the well known "It was the way we were taught as kids" method.
Basic class control technique
FOR GOD'S SAKE, DON'T SHOW FEAR
This is how it appears to the male perception.
But, to one of our lovely ladies, it is either right or it is wrong.
(Just in case you weren't aware, up = wrong)
Was it hormone imbalance? (Always a favourite where the ladies are concerned)
Was it penis envy? (I really don't want to go there)
Was it even sheer absolute and universal bloody mindedness? (a second favourite)
It's all about pattern recognition.
Seemingly (and I'm basing this on Mark's theories here) our brains have cells called Astrocytes, which recognise and store patterns. We (humans, and I'm charitably including that thing in the third picture) have more of these Astrocytes than any other animal, and they are used to automate many of our everyday actions.
For example, when you drive a car for the first time, the Astrocytes "remember" the pattern your hands make on the wheel to steer the car in the desired direction. No conscious thought is required. (Think of a woman driving and putting on makeup whilst talking on a mobile phone.
|Astrocytes in action|
Similarly, when you walk up the stairs at home, the Astrocytes "remember" the number of steps. If you start on a different foot from normal, or are distracted at the start, the counting is off, and the "phantom step" occurs. I believe we are all familiar with the sudden shock that occurs when this happens. The Astrocytes recognise that something is out of their remembered pattern, and cause an immediate flood of noradrenaline, an ultra-fast acting hormone, which charges the whole body into "fight or flight" reaction. Similar in feel to a mild electric shock.