Backward Bike Challenge 🚴🏿‍♂️ | Brain Games

Backward Bike Challenge 🚴🏿‍♂️ | Brain Games


JASON: BRAIN GAMES HAS SET
NEW YORK CITY ON A SUPER SENSE COLLISION COURSE. WE’VE OFFERED $100 TO ANY OF
OUR FANS IN TIMES SQUARE WHO CAN CONQUER THIS
BACKWARDS BIKE. JASON: HOW’S YOUR DAY GOING? CHRIS: SO FAR, SO GOOD. JASON: HOW OLD ARE YOU? JABEZ: I’M ELEVEN. JASON: YOU’RE GONNA BE
RIDING THIS BIKE ABOUT 20 FEET THAT WAY. IF YOU CAN GET
TO THE OTHER END, THERE’S A $100 BILL,
NICE AND CRISP THERE, WAITING FOR YOU. SERGIO: AND I GET TO KEEP IT? JASON: YOU GET TO KEEP IT! WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING? JERRY: I’M ACTUALLY
A BIKE COURIER. JASON: FANTASTIC,
WELL, LISTEN. THIS MIGHT RESPOND
DIFFERENTLY THAN MOST BIKES, BUT IT IS MECHANICALLY
POSSIBLE TO RIDE IT. BUT YOU CAN’T, YOUR FEET
CAN’T TOUCH THE FLOOR. YOU’VE GOT TO ACTUALLY
RIDE THE BIKE THE WHOLE WAY. THINK YOU’RE UP
FOR THE CHALLENGE? CHRIS: I THINK SO. JASON: ARE YOU READY? FARAH: OH MY GOD YEAH! I’M TOTALLY READY. JASON: LET’S DO THIS! FARAH: AH! JASON: HERE YOU GO! READY? JABEZ: YES. JASON: LET’S DO THIS! JABEZ: WHOA! JASON: I THINK YOU’VE
GOT TO START AGAIN. JERRY: REALLY HARD! JASON: ALRIGHT, GO FOR IT. [LAUGHTER]. GUY: THIS DOES NOT WORK. JASON: WHY ISN’T RIDING
THIS BIKE AS EASY AS WELL, RIDING A BIKE? EVEN IF YOU KNOW THAT TO
RIDE THE BACKWARDS BIKE YOU MUST STEER RIGHT TO GO LEFT,
AND LEFT TO GO RIGHT, IN THE MOMENT YOUR BRAIN
CAN’T HELP BUT REACT WRONG. LET’S LOOK AT THE ROOT
OF THIS BRAIN FAIL STARTING WITH A GAME. TAKE YOUR THUMB AND POINTER
FINGER ON THE HAND YOU USE TO WRITE WITH, HOLDING THEM ABOUT
A QUARTER OF AN INCH APART, AS IF YOU WERE GRASPING
A SMALL SCREW OR TACK. NOW, WITHOUT LOOKING,
GENTLY TOUCH THE NAILS OF THOSE FINGERS TO THE
TIP OF THE INDEX FINGER ON YOUR OTHER HAND. HOW MANY DISTINCT POINTS
OF CONTACT CAN YOU FEEL ON YOUR FINGER? DID YOU SAY 2? NOW, AGAIN WITHOUT LOOKING,
GENTLY TOUCH THOSE FINGERS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE
OPPOSITE FOREARM. WHAT DO YOU FEEL NOW? CAN YOU STILL
DISTINGUISH BOTH FINGERS? PROBABLY NOT. THAT’S BECAUSE THERE ARE
FAR FEWER NERVE ENDINGS NEAR THE SURFACE OF THE
SKIN ON YOUR FOREARM. THE HIGH CONCENTRATION
OF NERVE ENDINGS IN YOUR FINGERTIPS SEND TONS
OF DETAILED INFORMATION