Today in science class, we learned about the nervous system. We did a really interesting project-game, where we held a transparency in front of our face, and then a partner threw a ball at it. We got to experience what would happen if a ball WERE being thrown at our faces, and, best of all, without any pain. We got another partnership to take our picture, posed as at left. It was really fun, and we had several good laughs when Taylor aimed a paper ball at my face (protected by the transparency) and somehow managed to hit me square in the chest. I noticed that when the paper ball was thrown at me, even though I was protected, I blinked really hard and took a half step, more of a lean really, back. I think if the transparency had not been there, this would have protected my eye, because it would not have been hit or damaged. It was quite different from the last experiment we had done the other day, catching a ruler, because, although I used the same muscles, I didn't have to think about any reactions. I just naturally, instinctively blinked hard and stepped back. So the nervous system did not respond in the same way to both situations.
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