Whoever, wherever, you are, you are using - to read these words - the most beautiful, intricate, complex, mysterious and powerful object in the known universe: your brain.
We are, as an evolutionary model, a mere 45,000 years old, and we now stand on the brink of a revolution that will change the course of human development. For the first time in the three and a half million year history of human intelligence, that very intelligence has realised that it can understand, analyse and nurture itself. By applying itself to itself it can develop new ways of thinking that are far more flexible and powerful than the traditional modes of thought currently in use throughout the world.
Only during the last few centuries have we begun gathering information about the structure and workings of our brains. As excitement about what we find gains momentum, so does the number of papers and articles published on the subject. Indeed it has been calculated that in the last 10 years we have accumulated as much as 95 per cent of all information ever gathered about the human brain. Although still a very long way from a complete understanding (we are increasingly aware that what we do know is only a tiny fraction of what there is to be known), we now know enough to change, for ever, our view of others and ourselves.
What then are these discoveries and what are the answers to the following questions?
What are the component parts of our brains?
How do we process information?
What are the brain's main functions?
How are the skill centres distributed through the brain?
How do we learn and what do we recall most easily?
U Is the human brain fundamentally a pattern-making and pattern-seeking device?
/ What are the techniques used by those extraordinary yet normal people who have been able to remember so much more than their peers?
Why are so many people in despair over the capacity and function of their brains?
J What is the natural and appropriate way to think?
10 What is the natural and appropriate expression of human thought?
Division 1 answers all these questions, introducing you to the amazing natural architecture of your brain on both the cellular and macro levels, and to the major principles of brain function. You are shown how the Great Brains used skills that are available to everyone, and why it is that 95 per cent of people are dissatisfied with their mental functioning. In the final chapters of this division you are introduced to the new, brain-based mode of advanced thought: Radiant Thinking, and its natural expression, the Mind Map.
The Amazing Brain
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