ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY

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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 2
WHAT DOES THE ALPHABETICAL
BRAIN™ SYMBOL MEAN?

October 4, 2019

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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 throughout the world (the lingua franca).

Also, the symbol stands for the importance of understanding the relationship between your brain's physical structures and your mind's mental functions in a new linguistic context. It explains what causes your conscious self-awareness.

The new Alphabetical Brain™ Vocabulary model of human consciousness can improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. Then you will be able to assert your ability to make wise decisions, which is your malleable mental force (brainpower). This process of mental growth and self-empowerment can grow on a daily basis and improve throughout your life.

Your three-pounds of brain tissue is the most complex organic matter in the universe. And the 26 letters of the English language alphabet enable you to create complex meaningful thoughts to control your emotions in all kinds of situations.

The new brain vocabulary contains 15 brain ideas that explain the incredibly adaptive functions of your mind. The new brain knowledge can empower you to use your intelligence and creative imagination and willpower to make better decisions and also to solve very complex problems because you will be using your time wisely. As a general rule, the quality of the brain information that you pay attention to will determine the quality of your behavior in the future.

In addition, this website explains how you can optimize your ability to reason in order to achieve your goals based upon altruistic ethical humanistic values. The interactive neuronal connections between your brain's dozens of major organs and your knowledge of thousands of important words in the American English language, can give you the ability to think and feel and predict the most probable outcomes from your actions that your mind can conceive and then achieve.

It is estimated that about 10,000-12,000 words are acquired by a 16-year-old, and 20,000-25,000 words are acquired by a college graduate. Alternatively, 60,000 active words, when the different senses, inflected forms, and compounds, and new scientific words are included in the total, are derived from 38,000 headwords as well as 75,000 passive words for a college graduate, according to David Crystal:

[Verify the statistics at the website =
www.worldwidewords.org/
articles/howmany.htm.]


Since the USA is a diverse multicultural nation with large numbers of immigrants, totaling more than 330 million people, we have the best ideas about almost everything brought to the USA by immigrants from all around the world. They include the best brain ideas and most extensive range of scientific vocabulary ever discovered during the history of Homo sapiens:

[Verify the statistics at the website =
https://www.census.gov/popclock/]


Now all you need to do is learn a few dozen essential scientific words that describe how your brain and mind work together to give you a sensible comprehensible perspective about your adaptive self-identity.

Your personal willpower (free will) is an evolutionary bonus, since the survival of human beings (Homo sapiens) during the past 40-60 thousand years has depended upon our ability to create collaborative groups in order to survive and thrive. Your free will involves being able to make rule-based choices within societies.

We made complicated choices as we continuously adapted to changing social and environmental conditions. In turn, our bodies and brains have evolved to deal with the hostile conditions that threatened our families and village groups through instinctual biological changes in our DNA (genes). Then we developed cultural language-based communication systems that we survivors have inherited from our ancestors and which are their legacy to us!

However, it is important to know that the emergence of human alphabets, about 3,200 B.C. or 5,200 years ago in both Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, was necessitated by the growth of cities and trade among diverse peoples. They lived in different geographic and ethnic countries around the Mediterranean Sea.

All of these large cultural changes, including the use of the new written symbols for wider communication, had a big synergistic impact on the increase in human intelligence and the growth of bigger empires and more complex civilizations around the world. These changes happened for thousands of years until the ancient cultural structure of the old empires collapsed as former trading partners encroached on each other's lands about 1177 B.C.

Then new nation-states began to emerge out of the more primitive empires around the Mediterranean Sea. Classical Greece, Macedonian Greece, Ptolemaic Egypt, and Ancient Rome all began to flourish. The Greeks embellished the Phoenician alphabet about 800 B.C. by adding four new vowel sounds, which become the classic Greek Language.

It made human communication more philosophically and scientifically profound. That huge language breakthrough eventually influenced all of the groups of people around the Mediterranean Sea to adopt the classic Greek alphabet even though their symbols had different shapes and sounds.

The fact that just 26 alphabetical letters became so adaptable that they could become the hundreds of sound bits that represent an unlimited number of ideas is truly astonishing. And the fact that during the past three thousand years hundreds of different languages throughout the world have been influenced by the Classic Greek Alphabet should not be taken for granted and ignored any more.

See the publication data for the three books in the following information box:


[1]
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)

AND

[2]
LETTER PERFECT:
the Marvelous History of
Our Alphabet from A to Z

by David Sacks.
Broadway Books, 2004
Formerly titled Language Visible
(416 pages)

AND

[3]
HOW LANGUAGE BEGAN:
the story of humanity's greatest invention
by Daniel L. Everett.
Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2017
(i-xviii, 330 pages)


[Note: Detailed book outlines and summaries of the major ideas in the books cited in all of the information boxes will be available online soon.]

Much later, during the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries, the first scientists were called "natural philosophers." They were often involved in alchemy as they invented new experiments to explore all kinds of materials. And they were the first to use experimental methods involving microscopes and telescopes: think Newton and Kepler. Those scientific tools could never have led to the revolutionary ideas about the universe and microscopic life forms without the development of glass technology and the use of lens for magnification to study the solar system and the universe with telescopes and also the use of lens to discover the tiniest biological life forms with microscopes.

In addition, the parallel and pivotal invention and improvements in the printing press that most famously started with the Guttenberg printing press in 1439, made possible the distribution of the new scientific knowledge and independent thinking of the Rennaisance and Enlightenment through the publishing of books and magazines throughout the middle class around the Meditrranean Sea and Western Europe and America.
    Note: "In Renaissance Europe, the arrival of mechanical movable type printing introduced the era of mass communication which permanently altered the structure of society. The relatively unrestricted circulation of information, including revolutionary ideas, transcended borders, captured the masses in the Reformation and threatened the power of political and religious authorities. The sharp increase in literacy broke the monopoly of the literate elite on education and learning and bolstered the emerging middle class."

    "In 1439, Gutenberg was the first European to use movable type. Among his many contributions to printing are: the invention of a process for mass-producing movable type; the use of oil-based ink for printing books; adjustable molds; mechanical movable type; and the use of a wooden printing press similar to the agricultural screw presses of the period. His truly epochal invention was the combination of these elements into a practical system that allowed the mass production of printed books and was economically viable for printers and readers alike." Source = Wikipedia, 8-1-19
Most of the inventions of modern technology started with the perfection of the telescope (1609 by Italian scientist Galileo) and the microscope (1619 by Dutch inventor Cornelius Drebbel), which were both discovered within a ten year period of time. They have become the primary tools of science for the past 500 years. They helped the first modern scientists discover the most important scientific truths about the solar system and the historic movements of the continents as well as the factual basis of evolution and the continually improving medical science achievements. In addition, the Periodic Table of Elements, and the vast scope of modern chemistry that it made possible, led to the control of oil, water, and wind energy. Then, the control of electrical energy made possible the invention and steady improvements in cars, airplanes, space ships, and satellites as well as the techniques of mass communication.

During the 19th and especially the 20th centuries, the scientific method of experimental reasoning became the trusted intellectual process for determining the truths about reality. The fact that the scientific method is self-correcting means that it is provisional. When the evidence supports new theories, the new theories replace old explanations that were incorrectly understood in the past. The scientific method has made possible the discovery of hundreds of thousands of facts about nature, the cosmos, and reality, including human consciousness.

New brain knowledge equals more brainpower! The new scientific knowledge about human brains represents the ultimate kind of human power that makes possible truly reliable wisdom for everyone. Such knowledge can help you think better and control your emotions better.

Now that human behavior can be understood in the context of evolutionary genetic facts, there is no need to believe in any of the thousands of ancient traditional mythological stories or pagan belief systems that were invented by people living in more primitive cultures throughout our past history.

All of them were wrong and now we know it. Also, we now know that modern organized religions and religious cults were made and sustained by human beings: not gods and goddesses! And, equally important, it is now known that Republican politicians use wedge issues, such as abortion, immigration, and the appointment of Federal and Supreme Court judges to influence their votes for President and Congress to scare Evangelicals and Catholics into voting Republican for State and National elections.

In contrast to those Republican political shenanigans, the new brain knowledge about human nature that is being discovered by neuroscientists can help all of the nearly eight billion human beings on Earth today live more fulfilling lives in the future.

In summary, your embodied mind-brain produces your self-awareness and self-identity. Also, your working memory system, which is part of your prefrontal cortex, gives you the ability to express your own willpower and your own creativity whenever you need to solve problems and be resilient!

Therefore, you can appropriately think of your working memory as being your creative imagination.

Your brainpower (mental force) can provide you with an infinite ability to adapt. It consists of a combination of your ability to imagine, reason, and remember with self-confidence, This wonderful scientific fact can help you expand your conscious self-awareness with every new brain name and definition that you learn.

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, 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 adaptive self-identity and increase your self-esteem (positive emotions about yourself).

Remember always:
You Are Your Adaptable Memory!


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