ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY

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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 1 DETAILS

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE
ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ WEBSITE?

June 11, 2021

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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 unique willpower and your awesomeability to imagine, reason, and remember.

This website presents a humanistic scientific explanation of the new brain research. It shows beyond any doubt how you can optimize your brain knowledge. The distinction between your brain's structures and your mind's functions is a crucial new fact that should be understood and remembered. The differences between your brain and your mind matter and must be contextualized within the language of scientific facts.

In short, this website gives you a new brain vocabulary of words and definitions that you can use to control your thoughts and feelings and other bodily behavior. The distinction between your brain and your mind has been proven repeatedly by scientific experiments during the past two decades of the 21st century. This new neuro-linguistic logic provides a new perspective to explain the significance of your mind's mental functions in contrast to your brain's physical structures. Now scientific facts should become common sense.

The new brain vocabulary can help you decode the technical language that describe the brilliant discoveries about the brain and mind. The new vocabulary was invented by neuro-scientists, evolutionary biologists, cognitive psychologists, and neuro-philosophers as they discovered and named new ways to think about the brain and mind. In addition, the causes of your mind's mental functions are an understandable sequence of biological and psychosocial processes which you can learn to control. You can feel less anxious and be more self-confident after you have learned the new brain vocabulary in the context of the modern facts about evolutionary biology and the human genome.

In addition, it is important to realize that evolutionary biologists and paleo-archaeologists have been accumulating evidence to explain the concept of evolution for more than two centuries. Evolution is not a theory anymore since it has become established factual knowledge. Scientific knowledge impacts all plants and animals, including humans! The blockbuster book that propelled evolution into scientific acceptance in the Western world in a few decades started with Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species in 1859.


WHY EVOLUTION IS TRUE
by Jerry A. Coyne.
Viking, 2009 (282 pages)

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WHY EVOLUTION IS TRUE

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FAITH vs. FACT:
Why Science and Religion
are Incompatible

by Jerry A. Coyne.
Penguin Group USA, 2015
(i-xxii, 311 pages)

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FAITH vs. FACT:
Why Science and Religion
are Incompatible



If you consciously choose to learn the new brain knowledge, you will learn how the parts of your brain are interconnected and how this makes them interactive and how your movements are under your own willpower. This will enable you to move your body, think your unique creative thoughts, and control your feelings all by yourself in a psycho-social context of other human beings, without the need for mythical beliefs.

Your brain is your super-power and your mind is your emergent secular sense-of-self that is your mental force. Learning the 15 brain-ideas emphasized on this website is a brand-new intellectual challenge in human history. The purpose of this website is to help you understand the hundreds of brain-facts which support the 15 brain-ideas. The new brain information can increase your knowledge about how you can use your mind's mental functions and body's microscopic neurotransmitters and hormones to make more effective plans to achieve your personal and social goals.

The foundation and scaffolding of the core brain knowledge can be learned in a few days or a few weeks depending upon how much time you decide to devote to the project. Then the rest of the details about your amazing brain and incredible mind can be integrated into your foundational new brain vocabulary and your general vocabulary about history --- nature --- the earth --- and the universe. These parts of your conscious knowledge describe the specific known parts of the cosmos.

There is no other mystical spiritual reality in the cosmos --- except what you choose to make up from your own human emotions and experiences. Your give and take interactions with your family and other social groups and individuals is where the importance of your learned vocabulary (language) can provide you with a huge advantage when discussing consequential social issues with your family, friends, or business associates.

You can learn --- either quickly or slowly --- how important it is to become a life-long learner and how much fun it can be!

Specifically, you will need to understand the names and meanings of the main parts of your brain, which are the basis of your unique willpower and your creative imagination. By learning a new growth mindset vocabulary of brain-facts and brain-ideas, you will be able to conquer your doubts and confidently maintain your sanity as you increase your own curiosity about the meaning of your life!

Specifically, the new brain information on this website emphasizes the profound connection between your working memory function and your long-term memory function. These two essential brain functions are Brain-Idea #1 and Brain-Idea #15 on the following Circle of Consciousness Symbol©:

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CIRCLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS SYMBOL©

Circle-of-Consciousness-Symbol
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You can see that Brain-Idea #1 and Brain-Idea #15 are next to each other on the circle, which can remind you that they are inseparably connected inside your brain. If your working memory function (located in your prefrontal cortex) and your long-term memory function (located in your hippocampus) were not connected by a lifeline of healthy neuronal pathways, you would not be fully self-aware and you would not be able to talk coherently. You would only be able to confabulate, which means to make up unintelligible sentences during a conversation!

It is predicted that Alzheimer's disease will increase exponentially in the next two decades and produce a medical catastrophe much greater than the covid 19 pandemic. Because there is no Alzheimer's vaccine!

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YOUR PREFRONTAL CORTEX, ANTERIOR
CINGULATE CORTEX, AND HIPPOCAMPUS

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The shockingly dreadful dilemma of the victims of Alzheimer's disease is that the conscious self-awareness function of a victim cannot connect with his or her unconscious long-term memory function. Alzheimer's is the most common and most fatal form of dementia. Medical researcher statisticians predict that U. S. citizens can expect catastrophic annual death rates in the coming decades in the millions, which will make the current serious covid pandemic seem more like a nosebleed than the worst pandemic in a century!

The neuronal pathways between your prefrontal cortex and your hippocampus are known as your anterior cingulate cortex (plural: anterior cingulate cortices). These two neuronal pathways are located on the inside of the left hemisphere and the inside of the right hemisphere.

Neuronal pathways can be obstructed or disconnected in many ways. Several kinds of medical dysfunctions and diseases can obstruct the neuronal signaling, including both sensory and motor signals. They flow up and down separate neuronal pathways in both hemispheres.

When these neuronal pathways are disrupted, dementia victims become progressively less aware of their past memories. The "triggers" of the memories are located in the hippocampus part of their limbic systems. Then their perception of reality and their self-awareness of their own sense-of-self is diminished: often to the point of no return!

Tragically, when the victims of Alzheimer's disease 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 often how to speak appropriately during conversations. If the connections are severely damaged, then the self-identity of the victims becomes permanently altered. That is because essential self-defining memories cannot be recalled at will.

When victims are compelled to confabulate, they must make up nonsensical explanations to fill the cognitive void!

Therefore, Alzheimer's victims provide solid evidence for the mantra/meme:

"You Are Your Adaptable Memory!"

Since there is no guaranteed way of preventing Alzheimer's disease, it is important for you to 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 either reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's or delay the pace of deterioration of your brain structures and your mental functions far into old age.

From this perspective, the best additional mantra/meme to repeat often is:

"I move, therefore, I am!"

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DETAILS, SOURCES, AND QUOTATIONS
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The 15 brain-flash-cards, which introduce the 15 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 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 (secular "self" or "self").

The brief declarative statements on both sides of the 15 brain-flash-cards can coalesce in your long-term memory function 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 brain-ideas just as easily as you understand the meanings of familiar household words such as "table" and "chair" and "kitchen" and "bedroom."

In addition, there is a special link on the Index of the homepage called Quotations about Human Consciousness. It contains a variety of definitions about human consciousness that were taken from recent books about neuroscience, evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and neuro-philosophy. They are all based upon the secular ethical humanistic perspective of the meaning of human life.

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COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
AND YOUR CONNECTOME

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This new scientific perspective is known as cognitive neuroscience. This new knowledge about the true functions (within cultural contexts) of human brains can be used to replace obsolete traditional psychological and philosophical ideas about the structures of your brain and the functions of your mind. The new computerized microscopes have allowed researchers to "see" smaller parts of the human nervous system and the molecular interactions in the brain and body than were ever seen before in human history!

Now a new important scientific study is underway which is to "map" the human connectome. This gigantic mapping project is a monumental worldwide multicultural neuroscience research quest that has already provided great benefits related to understanding what causes human behavior. And already the results are improving medicine!

Your connectome, for example, is the new name for your connected brain and nervous system, which operates as a unified system in all of its nano-microscopic miniaturization. Now the word connectome is used to describe all the millions of connections within the neuronal pathways of your brain and nervous system. They are what connect your sensory neuron signals (signals from your senses to your brain) to your motor neuron signals (signals from your brain to your muscles) in your body.

Now with new discoveries and insights from microbiology about the human genome, epigenetics, and jumping genes, there is indisputable evidence that we humans can control our own destinies by using our own unique willpower and creative intelligence! The 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 about brain functions will be discovered so abnormal physical, mental, and emotional disorders can be treagted better. New scientific insights into brain structures and mental functions are being discovered and verified almost daily by scientists working all around the world.

After the new brain vocabulary is safely memorized and accessible in your permanent long-term memory function, you will be able to understand how your unique willpower and your creative imagination and your emotional intelligence all depend upon your using specific critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies to understand the new brain vocabulary.

The goals of living long and well require that you keep fresh blood flowing through your blood vessels and keep sparks of electrochemical ionic signals flowing throughout your connectome. You will learn why it is so important to keep asking the question "WHY?"

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COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
AND YOUR WILLPOWER (FREE WILL)

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Cognitive neuroscience is confirming the existence of willpower (free will). Since willpower is your mind's dominant mental function or "mental force." It gives you the ability to imagine goals and make plans for achieving them by making rational logical decisions as well as crazy stupid decisions! The idea that your mental functions are a definable and manageable "mental force" was first described by UCLA cognitive neuroscientist, Jeffrey M. Schwartz and his co-author Sharon Begley in their book, THE MIND AND THE BRAIN: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force, published in 2002:



THE MIND AND THE BRAIN:
Neuroplasticity and
the Power of Mental Force

by Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley.
Published by ReganBooks/Harper Collins,
2002, 2003 paperback (i-xii, 420 pages)

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THE MIND AND THE BRAIN


In this regard, many humanistic brain scientists have endorsed the idea of the existence of willpower (free will) and your secular self (self) by promoting the following mantra/meme:

"Use your adaptable brain or lose it!"

The essay at the following link provides the best modern analysis and explanation of the different levels of causation involved in understanding the cultural context and source of your free will (willpower):



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YOU REALLY DO HAVE FREE WILL
From SLATE Magazine, September 2013
by Roy F. Baumeister, online version

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      For more information about Free Will
      by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney
      use the book outline and reviews link:
WILLPOWER:
Rediscovering the
Greatest Human Strength

by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney,
The Penguin Press in 2011 (291 pages).

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WILLPOWER:
Rediscovering the
Greatest Human Strength



Following is a brief summary of highlights from the above link by the webmaster about your free will (willpower):
    Free will (willpower), 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 by webmaster from above essay)

    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. (Paraphrased by webmaster from above essay)

    "Self-control qualifies to be defined as a kind of freedom since it begins with not acting on every impulse!" (Quote by Roy F. Baumeister, author of the classic Slate essay in 2013.)

    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. (Paraphrased by webmaster from above essay)

    Free will or self-control gives us the possibility of acting from rational principles rather than acting on impulses. (Paraphrased by webmaster from above essay)
Willpower is really real: but only if you "train your brain to use it!" (Shoutout by webmaster!)

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PLASTICITY, MENTAL FORCE, AND
WHOLE BRAIN GROWTH MINDSETS

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The new brain knowledge is based upon the newest 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 that is beginning to replace the old scientific reductionist and deterministic theories. Those cultural stereotypes claimed that free will was an illusion. However, in the 1960s, the experiments that attemped to prove the illusion were based upon ignorance and therefore inadequate. Those speculative conclusions were simply 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 (or plasticity).

The word plasticity refers to 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!

The new brain knowledge explains how your dynamic willpower and adaptable self-identity are produced by your mind's fine-tuned self-organized memories and the phenomenon of "brain plasticity" which is short for neuroplasticity.

Your brain can "change itself by itself" --- even at night when you are asleep! This biological changeability of your evolutionary brain is the source of your adaptable mind! The book data in the following information box identify the first books which described in detail the adaptability of the human mind and your brain's ability to recover from serious damage and disorders all by itself --- with the help of modern education, psychotherapy, and medical science:



BRAIN LOCK:
Free yourself from
obsessive-compulsive behavior.

by Jeffrey M. Schwartz.
HarperPerennial, 1996, 2016
20th Anniversary rev. ed. (288 pages)

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BRAIN LOCK:

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YOU ARE NOT YOUR BRAIN:
The 4-step solution for changing
bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking
and taking control of your life

by Jeffrey Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding.
Avery/Penguin Group, 2011 (362 pages)

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YOU ARE NOT YOUR BRAIN:

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TRAIN YOUR MIND,
CHANGE YOUR BRAIN:

How a New Science
Reveals Our Extraordinary potential
to Transform Ourselves

by Sharon Begley
Ballantine Books, 2007
(i-viii, 283 pages)

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TRAIN YOUR MIND,
CHANGE YOUR BRAIN


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EMOTIONAL LIFE OF YOUR BRAIN:
How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way
You Think, feel, and Live:
and How You Can Change Them.

by Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley.
Hudson Street Press, 2012 (i-xviii, 279 pages)

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EMOTIONAL LIFE OF YOUR BRAIN

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THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF:
Stories of Personal Triumph
from the Frontiers of Brain Science

by Norman Doidge.
Viking, 2007 (i-xvi, 427 pages)

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THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF

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CHANGE YOUR BRAIN,
CHANGE YOUR LIFE:

The Breakthrough Program for Conquering
Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness,
Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems

by Daniel G. Amen. Harmony, 2015,
revised and expanded (352 pages)

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CHANGE YOUR BRAIN,
CHANGE YOUR LIFE:



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. The new brain knowledge of the past few years explains more completely than ever before in human history how the human brain and nervous system are connected at the very tiny nano-microscopic scale and how you can take advantage of this phenomenal fact.

In addition, a detailed description of the "whole-brain" decision-making model of rational thinking that is emphasized on this website is presented in Section 2 of the Introduction. It provides an evidence-based way for all family members to discover the Alphabetical Brain Vocabulary by using their own intelligence and personal knowledge to share in the adventure of gaining this new knowledge. It is a good way for all family members to create stronger bonds of trust and kindness as they learn to share the age-appropriate brain facts together, from the youngest to the oldest.

To summarize, the new brain research is explaining the objective biological and psychological facts about your subjective perceptions about yourself! This explanation of the factual basis of your perception of your secular sense-of-self can save you countless unproductive hours of anxiety and worry if you learned false ideas about having a "fixed brain" that is hard to change. You may not have been taught about the vast potential of your natural intelligence and creativity.

It is known now that your brain gives you the super power of your mind's mental functions or mental forces, which used to be known as your brainpower. Now you can learn to control your emotions and habits with your immense potential to educate yourself. This website can help you develop personal knowledge about your natural unique willpower and your creative imagination.

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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 model of thinking and decision-making is emphasized on this website. More details are revealed in Section 2 and Section 4 of the Introduction link on the website homepage.

Now it is known that your mind's mental force (brainpower) can control your emotions and habits, if you have the personal knowledge that includes facts about your unique willpower and your creative imagination.

To summarize, the new brain research can explain the objective biological sources of your subjective perceptions about your self-awareness and your sense-of-self (or "secular self" or "self"). The detailed explanations provide an evidence-based way for parents and teachers to use the new brain knowledge to teach children about the significance of their own brains.

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 ability and your creative imagination. This can give you more effective control over your own thoughts and feelings and behavior.

REMEMBER ALWAYS:
You Are Your Adaptable Memory!

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