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May 26, 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 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 force," which was loosely known as your brainpower in the past. Now the distinction between your brain's structures and mind's functions is a crucial fact proven by scientific experiments. It gives you a new brain vocabulary with which to control your thoughts and feelings and integrate your behavior.

The new linguistic perspective of this website logic unscrambles the technical language invented by brain scientists in collaboration with cognitive psychologists to explain in plain English how your brain works. The source of your own mental force is a progressive logical sequence of biological and psychological mental and emotional functions which 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 force. 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 integration of the 15 brain ideas emphasized on this website is brand new in human history. The mission of this website is to help you understand the many brain facts which support the brain ideas. They can educate you to control your brain's major organs and your microscopic neurotransmitters and hormones. You need to understand the names and meanings of all the main parts of your brain, which control your unique willpower and creative imagination.

By opening your mind up to the new perceptions of reality, which are organized around reliable brain facts and ideas, you can conquer your doubts and confidently maintain your sanity as you increase your curiosity about the meaning of life. Soon new thinking habits can provide you with even more health and happiness. You need to freely choose to add feelings of positivity to all new brain words.

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 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 not be aware of having 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 connections between your prefrontal cortex and hippocampus are known as your anterior cingulate cortex (anterior cingulate cortices, plural). These two neuronal pathways, one on the inside of the left hemisphere and one on the inside of the right hemisphere, can be disrupted in several ways. A variety of abnormalities or dysfunctions can cause the disconnect.

When the neuronal pathways are obstructed, 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 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 allow researchers to "see" smaller organisms and molecular interactions than ever before in human history!

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"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 leadership 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 leadership function] has a detrimental effect on your ability to access the 'books' [your specific memories], to search through the 'library' [your whole memory] and find and apply what you need." (page 160)

"And when the 'books' [specific memories] deteriorate, it is much harder to 'read' [recall the specific 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 adaptable self-identity.

Book Source = Working Memory Advantage, 2013 (page 183); See also the Appendix: Working Memory Quick Hits Manual on pages 280-291.

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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 consciousness and self-awareness.

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 self-awareness or 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 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 willpower and creative imagination and your emotional intelligence depend upon learning specific critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies in order to understand the new brain ideas.

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, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, sociology, and philosopophy that are all based on the secular humanistic perspective of life.

This new scientific perspective is known as "cognitive neuroscience." This new knowledge replaces obsolete traditional philosophical ideas about the functions of the brain and reason and emotions with new scientific facts based upon current brain research and new fossil evidence about the evolution of consciousness by descent including epigenetics and jumping genes.

Today, one of the most important scientific studies ever undertaken in human history is the "mapping" of the human connectome. The connectome is the name used in the study of 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 related to 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 can be discovered to treat abnormal physical, mental, and emotional disorders better.

The old metaphor that the brain is like a clock or computer with "fixed wiring" has been debunked because of the 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 create a "growth mindset" whenever you want to learn more about it!

This new ongoing brain research 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 new brain knowledge of the past 100 years can replace ancient mythical religious explanations of the meaning of human life. Traditional religious and spiritual rituals and doctrines are not relevant for educated people.

Now there is no need to think that you need the help of any mysterious divine gods or goddesses to save your imaginary "soul." We now know that individuals can make up their own minds about how to do everything important without the need to rely on historical superstitions anymore.

For example, instead, of believing in such biblical ideas as "original sin" and "heaven" or "God's will for you," you can now use your true mental force, which is the causal agent of your willpower and your creative imagination, to make effective ethical and political decisions by yourself, for yourself, and for others.

You do not need to rely on the traditional supernatural deities of the past since they were always based on magical thinking and not science.

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 proves the ideas of a "secular self" and "free will. Willpower is really real: if you train your brain to use it! Brain scientists have the meme: "Use your brain or lose 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 previously unknown brain structure makes mental and emotional brain functions possible.

But "How?"

Now new brain knowledge is confirming the existence of human willpower (free will). Since 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 decisions.

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 were wrong.

Therefore, to summarize, the new brain research is explaining the objective biological sources of your subjective perceptions of your consciousness. It is also explaining the factual basis of your perception of your sense-of-self. Now it is known that your brainpower can control your emotions, if you have the personal knowledge that includes facts about your willpower and creative imagination.

In addition, the science-based "whole-brain" decision-making model of rational thinking is emphasized on this website. 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.

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. Now you can use your unique willpower to control your feelings and choose your own adaptable self-identity based upon reasons and scientific evidence.

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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and memory consolidation)

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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. This strategy can help you take advantage of the power of the spaced-repetition method of memorization. Such deep introspection can strengthen your willpower and change your adaptable self-identity to increase your self-esteem.

You Are Your Adaptable Memory!

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