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How Knowing the Unknown Improves Your Brain

Posted on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 09:46PM by Registered CommenterLon Langston | Comments Off

I really enjoy watching Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, but what is unknown to me is why.

I’m not a foodie. I don’t drink. I don’t like going to questionable places. I disagree with Bourdain’s politics (as far as I can infer from little comments he makes on camera).

But still I really like the show. And I’m not alone; a lot of people like the show. It has something.

The cinematography is awesome. The music is good. And still, there is more. Certainly, Bourdain is likeable, interesting and knowledgeable, but it is his impertinence that is most compelling.

The fact that he and I are so different is likely the shows primary appeal. I don’t want to go to those places, eat that crazy stuff and drink nonstop, but it is fun to do all of that vicariously through Bourdain, from the comfort and safety of my couch.

Brain-improvement guru Jim Kwik says there are 10 things we should do to keep our brains in shape. One of which is to learn stuff completely out of our normal sphere of interest. I think Parts Unknown satisfies this for me.

And it provides a pretty good geography lesson, to boot.