Since your brain is not composed of wires but of neurons it is not literally possible to rewire it. Even if it were composed of wires the only way to literally rewire it would be to cut open your head and physically cut and splice the wires together in a different configuration then you found them. It is also not possible to figuratively rewire your brain as no matter the figure of speech selected (metaphor, analogy, allusion, simile, etc.) they would all imply some sort of physical reordering of the structures of the brain which does not happen. Nothing moves physically inside the brain except as new neurons are formed via neuorgenesis. We used to think new neurons could not form in the brain, but we now believe that is not true. It appears that new neurons do indeed form in the regions of the brain responsible for storing information and some aspects of learning, though this is far from agreed upon as fact. In any event, the activities that you use as example “ideas” that can “literally rewire your brain” would most likely not reside in any areas of the brain where neurogenesis is thought (though not proven) to occur. Therefore, even a figurative rewiring is impossible. Better to have titled the article, 11 cliches that I repackaged as novel ideas with ten minutes of work on my laptop while sitting on the crapper last week. It would be more accurate that way.

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