ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY

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

December 7, 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).

This new Alphabetical Brain™ Vocabulary model of human consciousness can improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. 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 three-pounds of brain tissue in your skull is the most complex organic matter in the universe! And the 26 letters of the alphabet enable you to create complex meaningful thoughts to control your complex unique emotions in all kinds of situations that you are involved in.

Then you will be able to assert your ability to make wise decisions with your malleable mental force (brainpower). This process of mental growth and self-empowerment can grow on a daily basis --- and improve your life throughout your life.

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LANGUAGE SKILLS AND
CONSCIOUS SELF-AWARENESS

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The alphabetical way of organizing information is the primary way that human beings invented to provide the maximum brainpower needed to manage civilized thoughts and feelings. The profound role that the alphabet and language skills have played in human history is described below.

It is important to realize and remember that because of our stable American alphabet, the English language is extremely versatile and very adaptive, just like human beings.

The eight books in the following information box describe the tremendous influence that the human invention of the alphabet has had on human culture and human consciousness. Expert professional linguists and modern historians all agree that our alphabet and expansive global language communication process are humanity's greatest invention.

The fact that just 26 alphabetical letters became so adaptable that they could become the hundreds of "sound bits" that represent a virtually unlimited number of ideas for hundreds of different languages throughout the world over thousands of years is truly astonishing.

Please see the publication data for the following eight books in the information box, including the first four books which have linked outlines and descriptions:


[1]
ALPHA BETA:
How 26 Letters Shaped
the Western World


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


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Outline of Book:


ALPHA BETA
How 26 Letters Shaped
the Western World


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[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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Outline of Book:


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


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[3]
LANGUAGE:
The Cultural Tool

by Daniel Leonard Everett.
Pantheon Books, 2012 (351 pages)


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Outline of Book:


LANGUAGE:
The Cultural Tool

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[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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Outline of Book:


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


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[5]
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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Outline of Book:


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


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[6]
HOW WE LEARN TO READ:

by Seymour W. Itzkoff.
Paideia Publishers, 1986
(237 pages)


AND

[7]
THE TALKING APE:
How Language Evolved

by Robbins Burling.
Oxford, 2005
(i-ix, 286 pages)


AND

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


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



[Note: Detailed book outlines and summaries of all of the eight books listed will be online soon.]

The fact is that a robust alphabet was required to develop the sounds and characters to symbolize the civilized thoughts and feelings of millions of diverse peoples and languages during the past 5,200 years. The alphabet has enabled human beings to create vast empires and to make significant discoveries all around the world. Our language with its alphabet is a great human legacy for all people alive today and for all future generations.

The eight books cited above trace the fascinating facts, which explain how human progress has depended upon the use of alphabets for thinking and languages for communicating in the ancient world during the past 5,200 years, and especially since the 15th and 16th centuries of the renaissance when the modern world began about 550 years ago.

Within the context of the history of alphabets and the realization that language is essential for any kind of complex human conscious self-awareness, you will learn how your own "sense of self" depends upon how well you communicate with other people. The quality of your socialization with real people or the way you think about imaginary people through reading books (literature) or seeing pictures or hearing words projected on screens of phones or tablets or computers on the internet or in theaters can make a big impact on your own definition of your self.

The written literature that your brain needs for a well-rounded complete adult education in our global digital society deals with stories remembered about the past and stories imagined about possible futures. But knowing that your ability to focus on the immediate present is your ultimate way to stay grounded in reality --- in eternity itself!

The new brain knowledge presented on this website includes a detailed story about the interactive neuronal connections among the dozens of major organs and hundreds of smaller organs of your brain. The new stuff emphasizes the way the tens of thousands of words in your personal vocabulary and the hundreds of thousand words in the American English language can control your behavior through the neuronal signaling process of your neurons (nerves).

You can use these connections to expand your self-awareness and shape your self-identity out of your knowledge of the tens of thousands of words in our English language and your many interpersonal relationships, whether intimate or otherwise.

Remember the extremely important fact that all adults experience as they grow up. New babies have no capacity for verbal language except for crying and body language in the beginning. Also, remember that older children enthusiastically seek to name things with words and to follow rules of behavior as they develop their vocabularies and intelligence and personalities.

Both babies and children naturally improve their capacity to express themselves as their brains and vocabularies increase in size. This fantastic fact can be observed on a daily basis if you watch babies and children develop their own unique personalities. Their vocabularies increase as they get older. 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.

However, too often we take the growth of the self-awareness of 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 language is essential for human conscious self-awareness and a human body is essential for a person's adaptable self-identity.

By focusing on the importance of helping children increase their brain vocabularies as they develop their basic language skills, you will have a reliable way to measure the expansion of their self-awareness and their self-growth as you participate with them and encourage them to have in-depth conversations about their brain functions with you.

You need to discuss the history of human beings and the incredible scientific advancement of civilized ideas during the past few centuries. Also, it is important to teach children to discover the infinite capacity of the human brain to change enough to adapt to environmental forces and adapt nature enough to deal with the special needs for the continued growth of human civilization.

See the book publication data in the information box about the THE TALKING BABY and DIFFERENTLY WIRED below:



THE TALKING BABY:
Helping Your Child Discover Language

by Margaret Maclagan and Anne
Buckley. Finch, 2016
(i-viii, 183 pages)


AND

DIFFERENTLY WIRED:
Raising an Exceptional Child
in a Conventional World


by Deborah Reber.
Workman Publishing, 2018
(i-ix, 278 pages)


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Outline of Book:


DIFFERENTLY WIRED:
Raising an Exceptional Child
in a Conventional World



This modern scientific way of thinking about the importance of language development assumes that the sum total of real meaning (literal) and imaginary meaning (metaphorical) is greater with the 15 brain ideas in your mind than with a knowledge of only a few names of disparate parts of your brain.

The customary way of speaking about the word "brain" is that it is the name for a very small part (only three pounds) of a human body located in the skull that controls your whole body. However, there is usually never any knowledge conveyed about how the brain actually works. This is an inadequate mindless way of thinking about the human brain and it shows a vast ignorance of modern science and reality.

In fact, the more names and definitions that you have for the many physical structures of your brain and the many mental functions of your mind, the more your brain power (mental force) will be able to influence the quality of your decisions and the meaning of your life.

Think about how your personal vocabulary is your special super-power. Imagine that it can transform your self-awareness and self-identity any time you choose to use your brainpower (brain vocabulary) to improve your ability to reason (mental force) to optimize your intelligence and creativity and human dignity (character).

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

Regardless of your information sources, the quality of your conscious experiences and the level of your ultimate success in life will depend upon your language skills and the quality of your vocabulary about all subjects. It is not the names of your brain's parts by themselves that are supremely important. It is the meanings of the names of the brain ideas and your ability to recall these meanings in their proper linguistic contexts at the appropriate times when you are required to make decisions about your health and welfare that matter most.

Just as your conscious self-awareness depends upon the accuracy and sophistication of your language skills and vocabulary, your knowledge of your brain's structures and your mind's functions can be improved by increasing the size and quality of your general vocabulary and your specific brain vocabulary as well as your language grammatical skills.

For example, the book, COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE OF LANGUAGE, in the following information box contains detailed evidence that proves the profound impact that language has on the behavior of people, whether young or old:


COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
OF LANGUAGE

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


However, in order to integrate the new brain knowledge into your own long-term memory system and to use it 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, ready to use whenever you need them to be conscious behavior for adapting creatively to the daily challenges you face.

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.

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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