Today my theory is on Alzheimer’s, this insidious disease that is slowly increasing in nations across the earth. It is when your short term memory goes yet interestingly enough your long term memory stays. It’s a bit like your computers RAM seizing up yet the hard drive is perfect. Still it means your computer can’t function due to the RAM going. Now by saying it’s the RAM that goes in our brains, that would be the equivalent of the information that our brain stores in order for us to function on a day to day basis (tying shoelaces, wiping your butt, brushing your teeth, etc)
And that is a perfect analogy for Alzheimer’s. You see in the last hundred or so years we have gradually increased the living age for humans up from 30-35 years to 80-90 years. We have also become the age of information with our brains having to store information in order for us to live in a technogical age. We constantly have to remember passwords, pin numbers, phone numbers, all this information that 100 years ago they didn’t have to (mainly due to the fact that they had no need to).
Now it sounds awesome that we can live for so long but my theory is, like computers our brain only has a finite amount of memory and by living longer we push our brains to the storage limit and well quite frankly it cracks and Alzheimer’s is the sign that we have reached our storage capacity.
Which brings me to the next point, with Alzheimer’s it’s the short term memory that goes (ie RAM). Anything long term is perfect. But it still renders the computer useless. I know people say the brain is the fastest computer in the world, that it storage capacity can’t be equalled by any computer, but still like every thing in the universe it is finite, it can’t store information ad infinitum.
So I guess the only way we can beat it is to some how install more memory into our brains? We can do it for computers, so logically it can be done to a brain?
So there you go scientists use my theory but please credit me for the idea.