The Brain Is Lazy by Nature

We create the world in which we exist.  Our brain, our thoughts and experiences are the creators of who we become.  We are a result of what  we see, hear and feel.  All our knowledge of the world reflects only our personal interpretation of the world, rather than its objective representation.  Our human brain produces a world  based on our own  familiar and secure framework.  Our perception of the world is affected by our experience, our memories and even our desires, which create new or enhance existing neuron connections in our brain to help us make sense of the external world.  Yet our brain is innately lazy and naturally resists the path that requires more energy, so it will require a conscientious effort on our part to push it towards an action we want to make.

The human body and mind are inert by nature.  In particular, the brain, the main consumer of energy in the human body, chooses to perform operations that require the minimal efforts because  it is tuned to conserve energy.  Therefore, the brain is biologically programmed to reduce all types of activities.  Why does this  happen?

Any natural and closed system tends to move towards a state with minimal potential energy, increasing its entropy, or state of disorder.  This is one of the main laws of physics known as The Second Law of Thermodynamics.  This principle explains why mountains are destroyed and turned into sand over time. The application of  this law to human physiology means that the body and the brain, like any material complex system, ultimately searches for a state of  minimal energy consumption, trying to achieve the state of rest or in other words, increasing its entropy.  So it is not surprising that most  people usually choose inaction as an option.  Some people are passive and enjoy doing nothing.  However, a complete state of rest for the living organism is unnatural because it means nothing else but death itself.

Moreover, Masud Husain, a neuroscientist  from the University of Oxford has experimentally showed that the brain patterns responsible for the jump from decision to actual action are less effective in the apathetic people.  This means that the brain of naturally lazier people will have to work harder and spend even more energy to take on certain actions.  However, it is possible that brain structure may not be the cause of apathy, but laziness itself may be the culprit of this inefficient brain circuit.  Perhaps, we should then force our brain to be more active in order to improve the brain structure responsible for helping us to achieve our ideas with less energy.

In summary, as humans, we should be more dynamic and active to improve our own livelihoods.  In order not to  become a living corpse, we must always take the conscientious path to be active to optimize our full potential.


Svetlana Stroganova, Nikolai Shmelev

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