ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY

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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 2

WHAT DOES THE ALPHABETICAL
BRAIN™ SYMBOL MEAN?

May 26, 2020

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The Alphabetical Brain™ Symbol represents the unique relationship between your brain and the 26 letters of the American English alphabet. English is currently the universal language of business and science around the world. It is the lingua franca of our modern era.

The symbol stands for the importance of understanding the causative relationship between your brain's physical structures and your mind's mental functions in this new linguistic context. The three-and-one-half pounds of brain tissue in your skull is the most complex organic matter in the universe. And the human alphabet is the most important cause of your consciousness and intelligence.

The 26 letters of the alphabet enable you to create complex thoughts to control your complex behavior in all kinds of social relationships and emotional situations. This new Alphabetical Brain™ Vocabulary model of human consciousness can improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. This scientific model explains what causes your unique willpower and your adaptable self-identity.

This "growth mindset" of mental self-empowerment can help you increase satisfaction on a daily basis as you improve your life throughout your lifetime. Your flexible mind's mental force (brainpower) is the source of your willpower and ability to imagine, reason, and remember.

Furthermore, our American English language alphabet is the greatest invention in human history, especially now that it can be used to describe scientific discoveries and facts about nature. The addition of the newest scientific vocabulary words during the past 100 years, and especially the newest brain vocabulary words during the past 30 years, benefit everybody alive today. The new vocabulary of "brain words" will continue to benefit all future generations as our language changes over time to meet new human needs.

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HISTORY OF LANGUAGE AND
CONSCIOUS SELF-AWARENESS

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The "alphabetical way" of organizing information is the primary method human beings invented to provide the maximum mental forces (brainpower) needed to manage complex civilized thoughts and feelings. The profound role that the alphabet and language skills have played in human history is described below in the references about the huge influence language has had on human behavior and the expansion of human consciousness.

It is important to realize and to remember that because of our stable alphabet and ever-changing vocabulary, our ability to communicate is extremely versatile and very adaptive, just like human beings. The ten books in the following information boxes describe the magnificent influence that the invention and improvements in various alphabetical systems over five thousand years have had on human culture and human consciousness.

The first five books are directly linked to detailed outlines and descriptions. They contain relevant knowledge about the history of language and the profound impact that it has had on the quality of human life on earth:


Book 1:
ALPHA BETA:
How 26 Letters Shaped
the Western World

by John Man.
Barnes & Noble Books,
2000 (312 pages)


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ALPHA BETA
How 26 Letters Shaped
the Western World


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Book 2:
HOW LANGUAGE BEGAN:
The Story of Humanity's
Greatest Invention

by Daniel L. Everett.
Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2017
(i-xviii, 330 pages)


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HOW LANGUAGE BEGAN:
The Story of Humanity's
Greatest Invention


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Book 3:
LANGUAGE:
The Cultural Tool
by Daniel Leonard Everett.
Pantheon Books, 2012 (351 pages)


Click or Tap Link for Outline:

LANGUAGE:
The Cultural Tool

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Book 4:
LETTER PERFECT:
the Marvelous History of
Our Alphabet from A to Z

by David Sacks.
Broadway Books,
2004 (416 pages)


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LETTER PERFECT:
the Marvelous History of
Our Alphabet from A to Z


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Book 5:
THE LETTER AND THE COSMOS:
How the Alphabet has Shaped
the Western View of the World

by Laurence de Looze.
University of Toronto Press,
2016 (218 pages)


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THE LETTER & THE COSMOS:
How the Alphabet Has Shaped
the Western View of the World


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Book 6:
THE TALKING APE:
How Language Evolved
by Robbins Burling.
Oxford, 2005
(i-ix, 286 pages)


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Book 7:
THE TALKING BABY:
Helping Your Child Discover Language
by Margaret Maclagan and Anne
Buckley. Finch, 2016
(i-viii, 183 pages)


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Book 8:
THE ORIGIN OF LANGUAGE:
Tracing the Evolution
of the Mother Tongue

by Merritt Ruthlen.
John Wiley & Sons,
1994 (i-xi, 239 pages)


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Book 9:
ADAM'S TONGUE:
How Humans Made Language,
How Language Made Humans

by Derek Bickerton.
Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 2009 (237 pages)


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Book 10:
THE STORY OF WRITING:
Alphabets, Hieroglyphs & Pictograms
by Andrew Robinson.
Thames & Hudson, 2007 2nd ed,
1995 (235 pages)



[Note: All ten book outlines and
detailed descriptions will be online soon]

This website is designed to add coherence and authenticity to the fundamental new brain knowledge created by scientists: known as cognitive neuroscience. Expert modern historians and professional linguists all agree that the communication process made possible by our alphabet and the multi-cultural aspects of our American English language are among humanity's greatest inventions.

The fact that just 26 letters of the alphabet would become so adaptable that they could symbolize the hundreds of "sound bits" necessary for the survival of our contemporary American empire with its democratic political power structure is truly astonishing.

Moreover, our alphabet-powered language has represented a virtually unlimited number of ideas in dozens of different languages throughout the world for thousands of years. But, unfortunately, ancient people in history did not have the modern scientific brain vocabulary that we have today.

Now we have the scientific symbols of the new brain vocabulary to represent the true reality of brain functions. Now you do not have to accept the traditional magical mythical mistaken fictional religious and spiritual metaphysical opinions of the primitive and violent past.

For the past 5,200 years, written alphabets for thinking and languages for communicating have been required as larger groups of humans created bigger and bigger cities and developed trade routes around the Mediterranean Sea.

As human empires became larger and more complex, the sounds of primitive speech had to be converted to symbolic characters that could be written down ("symbolized") to free up cognitive space in human memory systems. As cities became larger trading centers, computation and communication systems had to become more detailed for thousands of years.

Written languages were first formulated in the ancient world by the Mesopotamians and Egyptians when cuneiform symbols were used to denote numbers for measuring major commodities for trade inside and outside their empires. The primary trading products were grain, bread, and beer for everybody and luxury goods for the top social elites of the various empires around the Mediterranean Sea.

The Egyptian hieroglyphs were translated into hieratic script, which was the cursive form of hieroglyphic writing. It was used especially by the pharaonic priests of ancient Egypt for most of the 3,000 years of the Ancient Egyptian empire. Writing on papyrus (a type of paper made from the plant) made written communication easier for the priestly class. Thus alphabetical symbols were created about 5200 BCE for communicating mandatory rules of behavior and religious rituals, including spelling out the magical spells used by the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh-kings and their priests.

In contrast, demotic script was the ancient Egyptian script of or for the common people. It was used in handwritten texts from the early 7th century BCE until the 5th century CE. It was derived from northern Egypt's forms of hieratic and used primarily in the Nile Delta. [Source: partly from Wikipedia]

However, the 26 basic letters of our own robust American English alphabet were established about 800 BCE in Ancient Greece. That was the time the classic Greeks adopted the Phoenician language and added four vowels to create our 26 letter alphabet. It contributed to the development of the Latin language of the Romans and then influenced many other older languages used in other countries, including the Old English language used in England for many centuries.

As written language has grown in its intricacy and complexity, especially since the 15th and 16th centuries of the Renaissance; and the 17th and 18th centuries of the Enlightenment; and the 19th and 20th centuries of the Industrial Revolution, our American English alphabet has been a major factor in the development of the modern world during the past 500 years and the growth of the United States during the past 244 years.

This process of innovation and progress in the development of written language was accelerated by the invention and proliferation of the Gutenberg Press starting in the middle of the 15th century. After the moveable printing press was invented and perfected, new social and technical ideas were created by larger numbers of people faster than ever before in human history.

The mathematical term "exponential" is now used in the 21st century to describe the fast speed of the creation of new knowledge and the gigantic impact scientific knowledge has had on all aspects of global national economies and technologies.

Within the context of the history of alphabets and the realization that language is essential for complex human consciousness, you will learn how your own "sense-of-self" depends upon how well you think and communicate with other people.

The quality of your socializing with real people and the way you think about imaginary people can make big impacts on your perception of your self-identity. Whether you fully realize it or not, through the reading of books (literature) or seeing pictures and reading text projected on the screens of phones and tablets and computers from the internet or in theaters or hearing words on radios, your self-awareness changes.

The new brain knowledge expressed in the written American English language today deals with the stories you remember about your past and the stories you imagine about the future. For a well-rounded complete adult education in our global digital society, you need the new brain knowledge so you can take advantage of all the human achievements of the past and add to them.

The best way to stay emotionally grounded in reality is to focus on the immediate moment: to live in the present. This strategy can be difficult when you are being distracted constantly by excessive amounts of information, misinformation, and disinformation.

However, the new brain knowledge presented on this website includes ways to properly evaluate information for its value to you. The 15 brain ideas emphasize the way that the thousands of words in your active personal vocabulary, including the large pool of tens of thousand of words in the American English language, are a significant strategic resource for you. New words can influence your behavior as you become more aware of your brainís significance.

In addition, the meanings of the few dozen new brain-related brain words emphasized on this website can dramatically improve both your IQ (Intellectual Intelligence) and EQ (Emotional Intelligence). When you add those two kinds of cognitive knowledge, you end up with an essential third type of intelligence called SQ (Social Intelligence).

This new self-awareness can shape your self-identity, if you learn how the one thousand trillion synaptic switches of the 100-200 billion neurons in your brain and nervous system (connectome) can be controlled by your unique willpower and creative imagination. Detailed descriptions of the interactive connections among your many neuronal pathways, which connect the dozens of important organs in your brain, are integrated in a logical pattern on this website.

Try this thought experiment: How do babies and children improve their capacity to express themselves?

They use their brains to increase the size of their vocabularies and add to their intelligence and improve their personalities. This fantastic fact can be observed on a daily basis if you watch babies and children grow up. Their vocabularies naturally increase as they use the alphabet to figure out how to understand words and to create sentences with which to think.

The fact that newly born babies have no capacity for verbal language and can only cry or use their body language to gain attention is objective evidence of the importance of the cultural basis of language. The developmental stages of the language acquisition of babies and the achievement of their grammatical milestones are phenomenal up to age five and even beyond. The total neurons in a baby's brain continue to be "pruned" until about age 12, just before puberty. That means that billions of neurons are lost as neuronal circuits become established to cause routine daily behaviors.

Also remember that older children enthusiastically seek to learn to name things with words and to follow rules of behavior as they develop their vocabularies and intelligence and personalities. However, we usually take the changes in the self-awareness of babies and children for granted since it is such a slow persistent process of brain development over many years.

The relevance of the Alphabetical Brain™ Vocabulary model for understanding the brain/mind connection is obvious when you realize that the alphabet is essential for human consciousness and that a person's vocabulary is essential for developing an adaptable self-identity. The fourth major preassumption of this website is that the sum total of real literal meaning in life is much greater with the 15 major brain ideas in your long-term memory system than with the simple-minded traditional opinions of established orthodox religious institutions concerning the functions of human brains.

The customary way of speaking about the word "brain" is that it is the name for a tiny part of a human body (only three and one-half pounds) located in the skull that controls the whole body. However, there usually was no knowledge conveyed about how the brain actually worked. This is a bad way to think about the human brain and it reveals a vast ignorance about the significance of modern science and how it defines reality.

In fact, the more names and definitions you have for the many physical structures of your brain and the many mental functions of your mind, the more your brainpower or mental force, which is willpower, will be able to influence the quality of your decisions and the meaning of your life.

Think of your personal vocabulary as your special super-power. Imagine that it can transform your self-awareness and your self-identity any time you choose to use your willpower and your creative imagination to improve your ability to reason and make better decisions.

This aspect of developing and expanding your own conscious self-awareness and especially that of your children should be obvious. However, language skills are often taken for granted and usually people fail to develop them further after their formal academic education. That is why this website emphasizes critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies.

For example, the book, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, whose bibliographic facts are in the following information box, provides ample evidence of the positive impact that language can have on the behavior of both young and old alike:


COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
OF LANGUAGE

by David Kemmerer.
Psychology Press/Taylor and French,
2015 (599 pages)


[Note: An interactive link to the book's outline
and detailed descriptions will be online very soon]

However, in order to integrate the new brain knowledge into your own long-term memory system and to use it with your working memory system to transform your self-identity, you will need to focus on the 15 brain ideas presented on this website until they are completely learned.

You can memorize them until they become part of your unconscious habitual behavior. Then the ideas will be ready whenever you need them to augment your willpower and creativity. Then you will be able to purposefully use your free will to optimize your willpower and creative imagination to solve problems and achieve your goals.

The separate interactive "sensory" and "motor" neuronal connections within the dozens of major organs of your brain and nervous system can be understood only when you have learned the accurate scientific words necessary to describe your brain's structures and your mind's functions.

The context of this new modern evidence-based reality can give you the ability to think and feel and predict the most probable outcomes of your present actions and your planning for the future. Within this context, you can use your willpower to succeed.

You do not need to accept the fanciful metaphorical religious and spiritual illusions of the dismal and dark past. What your mind can conceive, you can achieve: if you know how your brain works!

WHY THIS MATTERS: The Alphabetical Brain™ Symbol represents the interactive connections among your brain's physical structures that cause your mind's mental functions. It symbolizes the importance of the 26 letters of the English language alphabet to human consciousness. The symbol shows the English language alphabet curved around the top of an image of the Left Hemisphere of a human brain, which is the location of the language module in most people.

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WHAT DOES THE ALPHABETICAL
BRAIN™ SYMBOL MEAN?

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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.

REMEMBER ALWAYS:
You Are Your Adaptable Memory!


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