We are born knowing everything there is to know. The human brain contains the seeds for every language, every lesson, every thought ever formed. We bring with us into this world every memory passed along the genetic trail, from family member to family member and beyond. We potentially hold the memories of every person in our direct lineage, and our extended lineage.
As we progress chronologically from infancy and into childhood, we test and discard things that are not found in our immediate environment. If those around us are speaking only English (or Spanish or French), we’ll “learn” that language (or those languages in the case of bi-lingual households). The same holds true for how to act, how to feel, how to react to things and others…the list is incredibly long.
Does our ability to easily learn things decrease as we age?
Some experts state that yes, after a certain point in our development, we can begin to lose the ability (or the motivation and willingness) to learn. However, it isn’t set in stone.
I find the whole concept of opening ourselves up to the things we’ve unlearned since birth, finding our way to regaining that knowledge in fundamental ways, to be quite intriguing. I explored this theory in one of the novels I wrote several years back (not currently published…I’m working on it).
What if we awoke one morning with the entirety of all the knowledge we’ve “forgotten” suddenly returned to us? What would you do? How would we handle that kind of download into our brain?
This possibility holds the same thrilling excitement for me that the tired question of, If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I’m a nerd, I know. But so be it.