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Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Greatest Tool In The World Has No Owner's Manual



"The brain is the most complicated material object in the known universe. If you attempted to count the number of connections, one per second, in the mantle of our brain (the cerebral cortex), you would finish counting 32 million years later. But that is not the whole story. The way the brain is connected – its neuroanatomical pattern – is enormously intricate. Within this anatomy a remarkable set of dynamic events take place in hundredths of a second and the number of levels controlling these events, from molecules to behavior, is quite large." – Nobel laureate Dr. Gerald Edelman, director of the Neurosciences Institute

When I was a kid, we were told that the average human used less than 2% of his brain's real capacity. Looking at the World today, it think it might be even less.

However, we can try to do better. And with that idea in mind, the compulsive reader that I am has read a couple of books on the subject.

Here are three that stand out and can help you learn a little more about your brain and how to use it more efficiently. They are he closest we have to an owner's manual.

1. Making a Good Brain Great - Daniel G. Amen


2. Brain Rules - John Medina


3. Seeking Wisdom, From Darwin to Munger - Peter Bevelin

Read them. You'll be AMAZED.

And please, spread the word.

If enough people make an effort, maybe we can reach 3%...

2 comments:

Jason said...

I took note of those books and will read them as soon as possible! :)

One thing, though, is this old myth that we only use 10% (or 2 or 3) of our brain : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10%25_of_brain_myth

Jean-Michel Ghoussoub said...

@Jason: You're right, studies show that we actually use a lot more than 2% of our brains - I was using this example a a metaphor. :o)