ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY
INTRODUCTION - SECTION 1 DETAILS
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE
ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ WEBSITE?
August 3, 2020
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 unique willpower and your ability to imagine, reason, and remember.
This website presents the most sensible humanistic scientific explanation of the new brain research. It proves beyond any doubt that you can optimize your "mental forces," which were loosely known as your brainpower in the past. Now the distinction between your brain's structures and your mind's functions is a crucial fact proven by scientific experiments as well as personal experience.
In short, this website gives you a new vocabulary of brain words and definitions with which to control your thoughts and feelings and other bodily behavior. This new linguistic logic provides a new perspective to unscramble the technical language invented by brain scientists in collaboration with cognitive psychologists to explain in plain English how your brain works.
The cause of your own mental forces is an understandable sequence of biological and psycho-social functions that you can easily learn to control. This means that you can feel less anxious and be more self-confident after you have learned the definitions which describe your mind's mental forces. The definitions explain how the parts of your brain are interconnected and interactive so you can move your body, think creative thoughts, and control your feelings by yourself: with just a little more knowledge!
The explanation and integration of the 15 brain ideas emphasized on this website is brand new in human history. The purpose of this website is to help you understand the many brain facts which support the brain ideas. The facts and ideas can educate you to know how your brain's major organs and your microscopic neurotransmitters and hormones cause your mental forces.
Specifically, you need to understand the names and meanings of the main parts of your brain, which control your unique willpower and creative imagination. By opening up your mind to the new brain facts and ideas, you can conquer your doubts and confidently maintain your sanity as you increase your curiosity about the meaning of life.
To achieve success, you need to add feelings of positivity to the new brain words, which can increase your own self-esteem (good feelings about yourself). Then new thinking habits can provide you with even more health, wealth, and happiness.
The new 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 Symbol©:
CIRCLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS SYMBOL©
You can see that #1 and #15 are next to each other on the circle, which can remind 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 not be aware of who you were and would not be able to talk coherently: so you could only confabulate!
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 connections between your prefrontal cortex and hippocampus are known as your anterior cingulate cortex (plural: anterior cingulate cortices). These two neuronal pathways, one on the inside of the left hemisphere and one on the inside of the right hemisphere, can be disconnected in several ways. A variety of abnormalities and dysfunctions can cause the obstructions.
When these neuronal pathways are disrupted, dementia victims become progressively less aware of their past memories, whose "triggers" are located in the hippocampus part of their limbic system. Then their perceptions of reality and their awareness of their own self-identities is diminished: often to the point of no return.
Tragically, when Alzheimer's 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 daily to increase your cognitive reserve. 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.
From this perspective, the best mantra to repeat daily is: "I move, therefore, I am!"
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 have allowed researchers to "see" smaller organisms and molecular interactions in the brain and body than have ever been seen before in history.
DETAILS, SOURCES, AND QUOTATIONS
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 brain vocabulary needed to understand what causes your adaptable self-identity. The question and answer format can help you easily and rapidly memorize the brain ideas and their relationships. The Q/A format provides a scientific perspective concerning the true causes of your sense-of-self.
The brief declarative statements on both sides of the 15 brain flash cards can coalesce in your long-term memory to strengthen your unique willpower so you can use your creative imagination to construct your own adaptable 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 unique willpower and creative imagination and your emotional intelligence all depend upon you using specific critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies to understand the new brain vocabulary.
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 recent modern books about neuroscience, evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and neuro-philosophy. They are all based upon the secular humanistic ethical perspective of the meaning of human life.
This new scientific perspective is known as "cognitive neuroscience." This new knowledge replaces obsolete traditional philosophical ideas about the functions of the brain. The new scientific facts are based upon new brain research and new understandings of fossil evidence about the biological evolution of humans by descent and also the new discoveries from microbiology of the human genome, epigenetics and jumping genes!
Today, one of the most important scientific studies ever undertaken in human history is the "mapping" of the human connectome. It is the name used to describe the "neuronal pathways" of your brain and nervous system. This mapping project is a monumental worldwide multicultural neuroscience research quest that will provide immeasurable future benefits related to human behavior and medicine.
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 will be discovered to treat abnormal physical, mental, and emotional disorders better. However, new insights into brain functions are being discovered and verified daily.
The new brain knowledge is confirming the existence of your unique willpower (free will). Since it is your dominant mental force (brainpower), it gives you the ability to make goals and plans for achieving them by choosing to make wise decisions. Brain scientists have created the meme: "Use your brain or lose it!"
The following short essay provides the best modern analysis of the factors involved in understanding the cultural context of your unique willpower. The latest brain research has proven the relevance of these modern ideas about the secular self and free will:
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WHY DOES FREE WILL MATTER?
A brief summary of highlihts from the Free Will essay linked above:
Free will, which humans have evolved, is for following the rules of culture. Any animal can do whatever it wants, but the purpose of human free will is a more advanced way of behaving. People must inhibit impulses and desires and find ways of satisfying their needs within the complicated rules of society. Also they must consciously imagine various future scenarios and guide their present actions based upon their trained disciplined imagination. [paraphrased from above essay]
Willpower is really real: but only if you train your brain to use it!
To understand human life, you must understand how this vital inner decision-making process works. Few psychological phenomena are absolute dichotomies and most psychological phenomena are on a continuum. The freer actions include conscious thought and decision-making, self-control, logical reasoning, and the pursuit of enlightened self-interest. Self-control qualifies to be defined as a kind of freedom since it begins with not acting on every impulse! [paraphrased from above essay]
Primitive uneducated human brains and simpler animal brains act whenever something triggers a response: a hungry animal sees food and eats it. However, the most recently evolved parts of human brains have a complex mechanism for overriding sensory impulses. For example, willpower enables us to reject food when we are hungry for a variety of reasons. Free will or self-control gives us the possibility of acting from rational principles rather than acting on impulses. [paraphrased from above essay]
The new brain knowledge is based upon new brain experimentation concerning the intricate tiny nano-microscopic functions of the physical structure of the human brain. These previously unknown tiny brain structures make your mental and emotional brain functions possible. But "How?"
This new revolutionary humanistic idea relies on the theory of quantum effects, which is beginning to replace the old scientific reductionist and deterministic cultural stereotype. It claimed that free will was an illusion. However, in the mid-20th century, the experiments were inadequate and based upon ignorance. Therefore, the conclusions were wrong. In addition, the old metaphor that the brain was like a clock or a computer with "fixed wiring" has been debunked by the new brain knowledge about the brain's neuroplasticity (plasticity).
Plasticity is your brain's natural ability to change by itself and adapt at all ages. It gives you the capacity to create a "growth mindset" whenever you want to do it. This new brain knowledge of the past 100 years explains more completely than ever before in history how the human brain and nervous system are connected at the very tiny nano-microscopic scale.
In addition, the science-based "whole-brain" decision-making model of rational thinking is emphasized on this website with more details in Section 2 of this Introduction. It provides an objective way for all family members to use their own personal knowledge and logic to explain the best way to create trusting interpersonal relationships for all family members, from youngest to oldest.
To summarize, the new brain research is explaining the objective biological sources of your subjective perceptions of your self-awareness. It is also explaining the factual basis of your perception of your sense-of-self. Now it is known that your mental forces can control your emotions and habits, if you have the personal knowledge that includes facts about your unique willpower and your creative imagination.
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.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE
ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ WEBSITE
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You Are Your Adaptable Memory!
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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 2 DETAILS
WHAT DOES THE ALPHABETICAL
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