problems with thinking and living is a decline in a person’s ability to think
and learn. To distinguish true severe problems with thinking and living from
more limited problems, delays, etc. due to only happening or existing in one
small place of the brain, the strict medical definition demands that this
decline affect at least two clear separate areas of mental activity; examples
of such areas include memory, verbal fluency, calculating ability, and
understanding of time and location.
term dementia goes back to a time long ago, but was at first used in the
general sense of being “out of one’s mind.” Identification
specifically with problems in thinking and learning happened in the late
eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Even then, however, the term was
used for almost any sort of thinking, learning, or memory problem, whether only
lasting for a short time or permanent and without regard to cause. The most
typical picture was of a young adult suffering from insanity or a disease
affecting the brain.
filled with educated guesses, this book does provide a very interesting short
look into the current state of related to things slowly changing for the better
over time study of living things/qualities of living things. Some things that I
got from this book was a real sense that there is a lot of hidden under connected
between different sicknesses, tiny chemical assembly instructions inside of
living things and surrounding conditions or the health of the Earth factors
that remains undiscovered, but which has been the source of guessing for ages.
Dr. Moalem asks and answers many questions throughout this book centering on change
for the better, over time. His main goal in this book was to explain why
natural selection selected certain sicknesses that are harmful to humans recently.
Throughout his questioning, he tells to us that the reason so many sicknesses
are still around today is because at some point in history, all of them helped our
family members who lived very long ago to survive and reproduce in their
surrounding conditions. Each chapter in his book focuses on a different aspect
of his overall end result that modern sicknesses were helpful in the past. Each
topic gave an example and new understanding of change for the better, over time.