As much as I complain about university and how much work it is, there are always the reminders of why I’m here and why I love it. The other day, a professor was explaining neurons firing and how there may be specific neurons in correlation to specific stimuli. For instance, our text book had a photo of Halle Berry, the word Halle Berry, and then a picture of her as Catwoman. The section later stated that there may be a specific point in our brains meant just for Halle Berry, or just for our grandmothers, or just for any other certain thing.
So, my professor wrote Halle Berry on the board to show us that neurons were probably firing. Then, she said, “We can also put up another similar character from Batman, but that character would cause different neural passage-ways to light up if you were being monitored. For instance, what about the joker?”
She wrote the words “Joker” on the board beside “Halle Berry” and paused.
“Who played the Joker again?” she asked. A girl in a row behind her called out that it was Heath Ledger.
A light crossed the professor’s eyes, as she quickly scribbled Heath Ledger’s name beside Joker while she said, “Yeah, how could I forget that? Heath Ledger’s HOT!” She paused again. “Or, well, was hot…”
Sometimes, these are the moments that make it all worth it.