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Why do we have to lay our heads down in order to think deeply?

Specially when walking, I feel that if I don't lay my head down, its harder for me to think properly.
You can even see people doing that on movies. Furthermore there's a famous sculpture of a guy doing that called 'The thinker'.
I thought it might be related to more blood going down by the effect of gravity to the frontal lobe of the brain that is the one we use to solve problems, among other things.
Maybe its a stupid idea. I couldn't find any information on Google by the way.

Thanks.

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    Mar 2 2013: I don't remember that Rodin's Thinker has his head laying down and I don't understand laying your head down while walking.

    I know I don't think best with my head down.
  • Mar 3 2013: For me this is simple.

    I have a congenital heart and blood vessel condition where the aorta is enlarged etc., and it is much harder work for me to ensure a good blood supply to my head. I faint very easily indeed on account of this, and get 'light-headed' quickly.

    I love thinking about everything...perhaps because being active is such hard work for me. When I want to consider something deeply, with good logic, I always lie down or recline!
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    Mar 3 2013: .
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    My answers:

    (1) You are right.
    . . The blood supply is better.
    . . So, the computation rate of the brain is faster.
    . . Human ultra-high accuracy causes it.

    (2) More over,
    . . Our sight becomes much smaller.
    . . Then, large amount of new data coming from eyes is cut.
    . . Hence, the brain computation rate becomes even much faster.


    (For details, see the 1st article, point 2(5) at
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D&id=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D%21283&sc=documents).
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    Mar 2 2013: I think it's because the energy you would use to keep your head aright you can now employ in thinking.
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    Mar 2 2013: I don't think best with my head down. (But I don't deny you the right to think best in a way that is right for you.)
  • Mar 2 2013: Are you sure? Would you give me.....an example ....would be helpful. Do you really bvelieve what you thought you knew?