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Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health



Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health PDF

Author: Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D. and Deepak Chopra

Publisher: Harmony

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Publish Date: October 22, 2013

ISBN-10: 0307956830

Pages: 336

File Type: Epub, Mobi

Language: English

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Book Preface

What do we really know about the human brain? In the 1970s and 1980s, when the authors gained their training, the honest answer was “very little.” There was a saying circulating back then: Studying the brain was like putting a stethoscope on the outside of the Astrodome to learn the rules of football.

Your brain contains roughly 100 billion nerve cells forming anywhere from a trillion to perhaps even a quadrillion connections called synapses. These connections are in a constant, dynamic state of remodeling in response to the world around you. As a marvel of nature, this one is minuscule and yet stupendous.

Everyone stands in awe of the brain, which was once dubbed “the three-pound universe.” And rightly so. Your brain not only interprets the world, it creates it. Everything you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell would have none of those qualities without the brain. Whatever you experience today—your morning coffee, the love you feel for your family, a brilliant idea at work—has been specifically customized solely for you.

Immediately we confront a crucial issue. If your world is unique and customized for you and you alone, who is behind such remarkable creativity, you or the brain itself? If the answer is you, then the door to greater creativity is flung open. If the answer is your brain, then there may be drastic physical limitations on what you are able to achieve. Maybe your genes are holding you back, or toxic memories, or low self-esteem. Maybe you fall short because of limited expectations that have contracted your awareness, even though you don’t see it happening.

The facts of the case could easily tell both stories, of unlimited potential or physical limitation. Compared with the past, today science is amassing new facts with astonishing speed. We have entered a golden age of brain research. New breakthroughs emerge every month, but in the midst of such exciting advances, what about the individual, the person who depends upon the brain for everything? Is this a golden age for your brain?

We detect an enormous gap between brilliant research and everyday reality. Another medical school saying from the past comes to mind: Each person typically uses only 10 percent of their brain. Speaking literally, that’s not true. In a healthy adult, the brain’s neural networks operate at full capacity all the time. Even the most sophisticated brain scans available would show no detectable difference between Shakespeare writing a soliloquy from Hamlet and an aspiring poet writing his first sonnet. But the physical brain is not nearly the whole story.

To create a golden age for your brain, you need to use the gift nature has given you in a new way. It’s not the number of neurons or some magic inside your gray matter that makes life more vital, inspiring, and successful. Genes play their part, but your genes, like the rest of the brain, are also dynamic. Every day you step into the invisible firestorm of electrical and chemical activity that is the brain’s environment. You act as leader, inventor, teacher, and user of your brain, all at once.

CONTENTS

Cover

Other Books by the Authors

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Epigraph

PART 1
DEVELOPING YOUR GREATEST GIFT
A GOLDEN AGE FOR THE BRAIN
FIVE MYTHS TO DISPEL
Super Brain Solutions: MEMORY LOSS
HEROES OF SUPER BRAIN
Super Brain Solutions: DEPRESSION
PART 2
MAKING REALITY
YOUR BRAIN, YOUR WORLD
Super Brain Solutions: OVERWEIGHT
YOUR BRAIN IS EVOLVING
Super Brain Solutions: ANXIETY
THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN
Super Brain Solutions: PERSONAL CRISES
FROM INTELLECT TO INTUITION
Super Brain Solutions: FINDING YOUR POWER
WHERE HAPPINESS LIVES
Super Brain Solutions: SELF-HEALING
PART 3
MYSTERY AND PROMISE
THE ANTI-AGING BRAIN
Super Brain Solutions: MAXIMUM LONGEVITY
THE ENLIGHTENED BRAIN
Super Brain Solutions: MAKING GOD REAL
THE REALITY ILLUSION
Super Brain Solutions: WELL-BEING

Rudy’s Epilogue:
LOOKING AT ALZHEIMER’S WITH HOPE AND LIGHT

Deepak’s Epilogue:
BEYOND BOUNDARIES

Acknowledgments

About the Authors


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