On my way to work today I was thinking about throwing a football through a tire, much like the picture above. It was funny to me, because if I sat down and tried to consciously do the math, I just couldn’t (not without a few math classes at least). Distance, speed, direction, gravity, wind factor, calculating drop–there are a lot of factors that have to be calculated and accounted for when throwing a ball through a tire on paper.
But in real life? Your brain’s got this shit, man. I can obviously throw a ball through a tire, despite not consciously understanding the math involved. And that truly blows my mind. I find it incredibly amazing that Ryan as a conscious entity cannot sit down and do the math to throw a ball through a tire, but give him a ball and a tire, and Ryan’s subconscious brain can do the complicated calculus necessary without conscious Ryan even realizing it. Even if we add another layer of mathematical complexity–like having the tire move as I throw the ball, some part of my brain can still do the math.
Now, if only I could figure out how to harness all of that subconscious mathematical potential. Clearly, some part of my brain intuitively understands the intricacies of calculus, even if it baffles the conscious parts of my mind.