Aristotle once said,

"The search for truth is in one way hard and in another easy. For it is evident that no one can master it fully nor miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature and from all the facts assembled these arises a certain grandeur."

Welcome: An Introduction

Setting: Starbucks
Katrina enters Starbucks, aproaches the front cash, orders a grande white chocolate mochachino, and waits for it to be served. Meanwhile she scans the cafe and spots Mr. Barry in a crisp new gecko blouse (custom fit) from Malaysia. As he sips on his wild sweet orange tazo tea, Katrina notices that he is reading the preface of The Science of Everyday Life. Since he is having a hard time with the technical writing style Jay Ingram posseses, Katrina decides to give him an introduction of her own...

In the novel, The Science of Everyday Life, Jay Ingram attempts to answer all of those questions that everyone ponders but no one looks into. The experiments described in this novel are very interesting and are hard evidence of the many theories explained. Since there were 26 chapters that weren't all that interesting, I chose the 10 best ideas to share with all of my viewers. Enjoy!

The Dynamics of a Cocktail Party

We have all been caught “daydreaming” at one time or another. Yet if we were challenged to repeat what had just been said by a speaker, chances are, we could. It is amazing that the brain can recycle what was said somewhere from the inside of our consciousness. On the same token, consider how effective people are at listening even when in the midst of a noisy room or “cocktail party” as long studied by scientists and physicists. It is said that the sound you hear comes from two sources. One is the direct sound coming from the person you are speaking with or who is speaking to you and the other is the indirect sound that arrives at your ears after it has bounced “around the room” off walls, furniture, etc. For example, if you are standing at a party alone, not speaking to anyone you would hear all the noises around you at different pitches depending on how close or far the noise or conversations are from you. If then a person came in front of you and began speaking, it is almost like your brain is fully controlling your hearing and you are completely focused on the speaker as opposed to the background noises. The background noises become a non-issue as long as they stay at the same level. I find it intriguing how the brain chooses what it wants our ears to hear and how a person’s focus is the direct source of what we actually hear even though our sense of hearing has not changed.

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