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April 2, 2020

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The purpose of this educational website is to explain the fundamental characteristics of your brain's physical structures as well as your mind's mental functions, including your ability to imagine, reason, and remember.

This website presents the most sensible humanistic scientific explanation of the new brain research that proves beyond doubt that you can optimize your "mental force," which was known as brainpower in the past. This new linguistic perspective unscrambles the technical language invented by brain scientists and states the perspective of this website in plain English.

And it discloses the source of your own mental force as a progressive logical sequence of biological and psychological mental and emotional functions that you can learn to control.

This means that you will feel less anxious and more self-confident after you have learned the definitions that describe your mind's mental force. The definitions explain how the parts of your brain are interconnected so you can move your body and also think creative thoughts.

The integration of the 15 brain ideas emphasized on this website, and the many facts that support them, is brand new in human history. You need to add the appropriate feelings of positivity to the new brain words that name your brain's microscopic neurotransmitters and hormones. The mission of this website is to help you understand and control them.

By opening your mind up to new perceptions of reality, which are organized around reliable brain facts and ideas, you can strengthen your mental force, with which you can learn to control your willpower and creative imagination. The new brain knowledge can help you conquer your doubts and confidently maintain your sanity as you increase your curiosity. Soon new habits of thinking can provide you with even more health and happiness.

The brain information on this website emphasizes the profound connection between your working memory and your long-term memory systems. These two key brain ideas are #1 and #15 on the following Circle of Consciousness SymbolŠ:

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You can see that #1 and #15 are next to each other on the circle, which reminds you that they are inseparably connected inside your brain.

If your prefrontal cortex (PFC) and your hippocampus were not connected by a lifeline of healthy neuronal pathways, you would have no conscious self-awareness and would not be able to talk sensibly. This is the shockingly dreadful dilemma of the victims of Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common and fatal form of dementia. The problem is that the conscious self-awareness of an Alzheimer's victim cannot connect with his or her unconscious long-term memories.

The normal connection between the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus is broken and the two neuronal pathways, one on the inside of the left hemisphere and one on the inside of the right hemisphere, are disrupted in one of several ways. The two neuronal pathways are known as your anterior cingulate "cortices" (plural for cortex),

A variety of abnormalities and dysfunctions can cause the disconnect. When this happens, victims become progressively less aware of their past memories, whose triggers are located in the hippocampus of their limbic system. Then their perceptions of reality and their own self-awareness of their own self-identities is diminished: often to the point of no return.

Tragically, when victims lose contact with their memories of the past, they forget the faces of their friends and family members and also forget where they are and forget how to speak appropriately during conversations. If the connection is severely damaged, the self-identities of victims become permanently altered, since essential self-defining memories cannot be recalled.

Then they are compelled to confabulate in order to fill the cognitive void by making up nonsensical explanations. Alzheimer's victims provide stark evidence for the meme: "You are your memory!"

Since there is no guaranteed way of preventing Alzheimer's disease, it is important that you maintain a healthy brain by sleeping adequately, eating well, doing regular physical exercise, and challenging yourself mentally to increase your "cognitive reserve" on a daily basis! From this perspective, the best mantra to repeat daily is: "I move, therefore, I am!"

Such a proactive "growth mindset" of healthy activities can reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's, or possibly delay the pace of deterioration of the brain structures and the mental functions far into old age.

The goal of living long and well requires that you keep fresh blood flowing through your blood vessels and keep sparks of electro-chemical ionic signals flowing throughout your connectome: which is the new name for your brain and nervous system operating as a unified system in all its nano-microscopic miniaturization. The computerized microscopes see smaller organisms and molecular interactions than ever before in human history!


"The relationship between working memory and long-term memory is similar to that of a librarian and a library. Like a librarian, working memory allows you to search through the 'books' [your memories] of information stored in the 'library' [your long term memory] in order to accomplish a specific task." (Book Source = Working Memory Advantage, 2013, page 160)

"With Alzheimer's disease, both elements are under attack: the 'librarian' [executive function] struggles to search through the stacks, and the bookworms that are eating through the 'books' [topics in your memory]. A shrinking working memory [executive function] has a detrimental effect on your ability to access the 'books' [your memories], to search through the 'library' [your memory] and find and apply what you need." (page 160)

"And when the 'books' [memories] deteriorate, it is much harder to 'read' [recall the memories] of what remains." (page 160)

"However, working memory [in your prefrontal cortex] is such a dynamic and adaptive function that if it remains strong, even if Alzheimer's begins to eat away at the [nerves inside your neuronal pathways], it may in fact help to prevent the [dysfunctional] cognitive symptoms associated with the disease" for a long time. (page 160)

You will learn that your working memory and long-term memory both have overlapping reciprocal recursive feedback and feedforward functions, which can be described in hierarchical layers once you understand them in their modern linguistic context.

You can do it one word and one name at a time just like children learn each new word in their emerging vocabularies as they expand their conscious self-awareness and adaptive self-identity.

The 15 brain flash cards, which introduce the 15 major brain ideas, have quick links to files that are named DETAILS and SOURCES.

The short declarative statements on both the fronts and backs of the 15 brain flash cards provide an easy way to learn the basic details needed to understand what causes your conscious self-awareness and adaptable memory resources. The question and answer format can help you rapidly and easily memorize the brain ideas and their relationships.

Also, the Q/A format of the brief statements on both sides of the 15 brain flash cards provides a scientific perspective concerning the true causes of your conscious self-awareness. The declarative statements rely directly on your understanding of the power of your willpower to use your creative imagination to create your adaptive self-identity.

Soon you will be able to comprehend the 15 new brain ideas just as easily as you understand the meanings of familiar household words such as "table" and "chair" and "kitchen" and "bedroom."

After the new brain vocabulary is safely stored in your permanent long-term memory, you will be able to understand how your creative imagination and your emotional intelligence depend upon learning specific critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies. You will learn why it is so important to keep asking the question "WHY?"

In addition, there is a special link on the homepage of this website called "Quotations about Human Consciousness." It contains a variety of definitions of human consciousness taken from many books about neuroscience, biology, and psychology, which are all based on the secular humanistic perspective of life.

This new scientific perspective is known as "cognitive neuroscience." It replaces obsolete traditional philosophical ideas about the functions of the brain and reason and emotions with new factual scientific ideas based upon current brain research and new perspectives on the nature of the evolution by descent explanation of the original source of human behavior.

One of the most important scientific studies ever undertaken in human history is the "mapping" of the human connectome, which is the name for the "neuronal pathways" of your brain and nervous system. This mapping project is a monumental worldwide neuroscience research activity that will provide immeasurable future benefits.

This new brain research seeks fundamental knowledge as well as medical knowledge about how human brains work. There is a special emphasis on brain disorders and diseases in the hope that new insights can be discovered as soon as possible in order to treat dysfunctional mental and abnormal emotional behavior better.

The old metaphor of the brain being like a machine or computer with "fixed wiring" has been debunked because of the extraordinary new brain knowledge about the brain's plasticity. Plasticity is your brain's natural ability to change and adapt at all ages and is what gives you the capacity to have and enhance a "growth mindset" whenever you decide to learn how to do it!

The new ongoing brain research explains more completely than ever before how the human brain and nervous system are connected at the very tiny nano-microscopic scale. In addition, the new brain knowledge of the past 100 years, and especially of the past 30 years, can replace ancient mythical religious explanations of the meaning of human behavior. Traditional religious and spiritual rituals and doctrines are simply not relevant anymore for educated people.

Now there is no need to imagine that people require the help of one or many mysterious divine authority figures to make proper decisions and to save their souls. We now know that individuals can make up their own minds about how to do everything without regard to historical superstitious religious and spiritual opinions.

Instead, of believing in such biblical ideas as "original sin" and "heaven" or "God's will for you," for example, individuals can now use their true mental force that is the causitive agent of their willpower and creative imagination. People can make effective ethical and political decisions by themselves instead of relying on the traditional magical supernatural deities of the past.

The following short essay provides the best modern analysis of the factors involved in understanding the cultural context of your natural willpower. The latest brain research evidence supports the idea of a "secular self" and the idea that free will is real: if you learn how to train your brain to use it!

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The new brain knowledge is based upon new brain experimentation concerning the intricate nano-microscopic functions of the physical structure of the human brain. That brain structure makes mental and emotional brain functions possible. But "How?"

Now new scientific evidence is confirming the existence of human willpower (free will). Since your willpower is your dominant mental force (brainpower), it gives you the ability to make goals and plans for achieving them by choosing to make wise pragmatic decisions. It gives you the ability to have a robust "growth mindset" based upon choices instead of being limited to a "fixed mindset" where your behavior is determined primarily by outside traditional cultural ideas.

This new revolutionary idea relies on the theory of quantum effects, which is beginning to replace the old reductionist/deterministic scientific cultural stereotype that was based upon ignorance of reality. It claimed that free will was an illusion. However, the experiments were inadequate and the conclusions of half a century ago have turned out to be wrong.

Therefore, to summarize, the new brain research is explaining the objective biological sources of our subjective perceptions of our conscious self-awareness. It is also explaining the factual basis of our adaptable self-identities as individuals whose thoughts can control their emotions with their own willpower and personal knowledge and creativity.

In addition, the science-based rational "whole-brain" decision-making model of thinking is emphasized on this website. It provides an objective way for all family members to use their own personal knowledge and creativity to explain the best way to create trusting interpersonal relationships for all family members, from the youngest to the oldest.

Just like implicit unconscious gender biases and implicit unconscious racial prejudices can interfere with your ability to create trusting relationships and success in life, implicit unconscious ignorance about your brain functions can ruin your whole life!

To compensate for past ignorance, this website offers you the scientific alternative of using evidence-based rational thinking to make decisions rather than faith-based magical thinking. You can use your creative imagination to control your feelings and choose your own self-identity based upon reasons. [Book Source = Working Memory Advantage, 2013 (page 183); See also the Appendix: Working Memory Quick Hits Manual on pages 280-291]

WHY THIS MATTERS: The purpose of this website is to assist you in understanding your brain's physical structures and your mind's mental functions. It explains how the new scientific brain vocabulary can improve the quality of your reasoning and creativity, thereby giving you more effective control over your own emotions and behavior and life planning.

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RECOMMENDATION: You may print this pdf version and read it and edit it by adding or deleting ideas. Then, you can read your edited version of these ideas according to a reinforcement schedule, such as a few hours later and a few days later and then several times in the next week or two. This strategy can help you take advantage of the power of the spaced-repetition method of memorization. Such deep introspection can change your adaptable self-identity and increase your self-esteem by basing your positive feelings about yourself and your worth on true brain facts and ideas.

You Are Your Adaptable Memory!

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