posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 01:31 PM
Well, I could be way off here, but I believe the brain has the capacity to speed itself up and shift into high gear when the situation dictates.
For instance... Ever been in an accident and everything seems to slow down and you can see your surroundings in exquisite detail...
Also, dragster drivers report this when traveling down the race track at 300+ mph... Everything seems to slow down. There is a name for this, but it
escapes me at the moment...
What happens is the brain thinks it is in a life or death scenario and speeds up processing to deal with it.
I remember one time, riding my motorcycle... A rock the size of my fist came flying out from some trucks wheels and came straight at my head... I
swear I could see this rock rotating as it came at my face... Probably in excess of 160 km/h. Luckily, it bounced off my Plexiglas windshield and
spared my life... I think I might have just twitched when it hit. Things may have slowed down for me, but I didn't seem to react any quicker... It
was more of a.... Oh $#!T....
Anyway, judging by how slow things seem to be in those circumstances, I'd guess, when the brain is in 'high gear' it is running at least 5-10X
faster than normal.
But, sorry, I don't know what the normal speed is... ;-)