The brain is often described as an organic computer, and I had a thought to complement this concept, based on some behavior I’ve observed in myself. I know that sometimes, when someone mentions or describes a problem to me, I may initially find that I disagree with what they say because it conflicts with some other piece of knowledge or understanding I currently possess.

However, after processing the idea, or “mulling it over,” or however you want to describe it … sometimes after hours, days, weeks, months, or even years have passed, I will find that I’ve realigned my way of thinking in such a way that I agree with them — if not completely, then at least in part. Sometimes, I find there are some small inconsistencies, which I like to share with the person I originally spoke with.

Usually, these aren’t thoughts that I “actively process” … they’re what I like to think of as “background processes,” which are problems my brain works on while I’m focusing on something else. If you’ve ever opened Windows Task Manager, you can take a look at all the things that are running “in the background” while you’re working on other stuff with your computer. What I’m talking about … yeah, it’s kind of like that.

I’m of the opinion that anything you practice, rehearse, or whatever enough, can be moved to back-of-the-brain thinking (background processes) so you work on them while you focus on other tasks. More things being processed unconsciously (which takes up most of your brain) may potentially leave the conscious part of your brain open for performing other tasks. It’s a hypothesis, not a theory!