Unformed Frontal Lobe…

Apparently modern neuroscience has determined that the complete formation of a human’s frontal lobe doesn’t happen until they are in their mid to late 20’s. Since the frontal lobe is largely if not totally responsible for judgment, this explains why teens and early 20’s make questionable decisions especially when viewed in retrospect. Very few of us have escaped these questionable judgments, such as experimentation with controlled substances, not using condoms, driving under the influence, etc. but it is relatively rare to have visually proof that some of things actually happened which allows parents to pretend that they were not nearly as mischievous as their children. Below is a photograph of me and a couple college buddies in grad school in Carbondale, Illinois. One of Carbondale’s claims to fame is it’s annual Halloween blowout. It started long before we got there and grew and grew… on Halloween night the small town was literally inundated with thousands and thousands of partying students dressed in costumes. Along with the students, other young people from an ever-widening radius would descend on the town, mostly to revel in the debauchery and inebriation. Unfortunately, many came expressly to seek out and assault others that they thought were of a sexual orientation different from their own, which leads me to the picture. What kind of unformed frontal lobe would it require to make the judgment to go out into these conditions experimenting with controlled substances, drinking alcohol and dressed as women? Well there you have it, I do remember some close calls but we did survive and it’s not like we were rushing a machine gun nest with only a dagger in our teeth. I always found the picture hilarious mostly because my friend Matt (now a lawyer in Houston), refused to shave his moustache for the adventure and he kept his watch on which I believe made him even more noticeable… love the PBR too. Anyway here’s proof of the neuroscientist’s theory…


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6 Responses to “Unformed Frontal Lobe…”

  1. gary Says:

    I went to a college party called “Dress to get laid” in my girlfriend’s ball gown and makeup and, um, looked pretty good compared to my usual self.

  2. ron Says:

    Matt clearly wasn’t into it. Sure he has a dress on but you two out did him. I dressed up as a large French maid several Halloweens ago. That was fun. Not very sexy though.

  3. Meredith Says:

    Now- please explain the “Shrinners” and “Masons” to me and the “RED HAT” ladies who really scare me!

  4. Matt Says:

    Well, maybe Matt was married to the moustache, but his arms could rival Michelle Obama’s!

  5. nadia Says:

    that’s entertainment!

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