A new generation of neuroscience writers (e.g., Jon Lieff, David Eagleman, Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto, Jay Shetty) makes the profound realm of the brain more understandable to the rest of us. As research unlocks ever more knowledge about the brain, new applications will emerge. As the cliché goes, the more we learn, the more we learn how much we don’t know.
- Think of the brain as a living community of trillions of intertwining organisms…a cryptic kind of computational material, a living three-dimensional textile that shifts, reacts, and adjusts itself to maximize its efficiency.
- The genius of the brain is its ability to profoundly change.
- The brain is not just a wired system but also a “wireless” one in which cells transmit signals to the rest of the body. “The whole body is really one enormous brain circuit,” with implications for everything from understanding memory and bias to treating depression and cancer.
- The mind is the body, and the body is the mind.
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- Armed with the latest research, a new crop of writers is bringing brain science to the masses in a thoughtful, measured way.
- David Eagleman, head of the Center for Science and Law, an adjunct professor at Stanford, CEO of Neosensory, and author of Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain.
- The brain is like citizens of a country establishing friendships, marriages, neighborhoods, political parties, vendettas, and social networks. Think of the brain as a living community of trillions of intertwining organisms…a cryptic kind of computational material, a living three-dimensional textile that shifts, reacts, and adjusts itself to maximize its efficiency.
- The genius of this organ, he says, is its ability to profoundly change.
- In Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn, authors Sanjay Sarma (head of Open Learning at MIT) and Luke Yoquinto (a science writer) share this optimistic view of the brain and use it to argue for a different approach to learning.
- Now that neuroscience research is revealing why we “forget” things, for example, we can adjust educational models to make that less likely.
- Now that we understand just how much brains can change, we can stop focusing on knowledge transfer and instead teach people how to think.
- Perhaps most important, we can stop labeling some kids as smart and others as slow and give all of them the same chance to grow their neurons into those lush thickets.
- “Once you realize how education systems are set up not just to nurture but also to cull,” Sarma and Yoquinto write, “you begin to see it everywhere. We winnow in how we test, and we winnow in how we teach.” It’s hard to square such a system with a brain so adaptable that if you remove half of it, the remaining half will reconfigure itself to compensate and allow a person to live a reasonably normal life.
- When influencer and podcaster Jay Shetty implores you to Think Like a Monk to “train your mind for peace and purpose every day,” there is evidence to back him.
- Today research confirms the value of age-old approaches: meditation, mindfulness, prayer, daydreaming—all these things work, and now we know how and why.
- In his new book, The Secret Language of Cells, Jon Lieff hammers on that theme, defining the brain as not just a wired system but also a “wireless” one in which cells transmit signals to the rest of the body.
- “The whole body is really one enormous brain circuit,” he tells us, with implications for everything from understanding memory and bias to treating depression and cancer.
- “If the mind is considered to be either determined by the brain, or related to activity of the brain, then the definition of the mind must be enlarged to include the constant communication of all cells throughout the body.”
- In other words, the mind is the body, and the body is the mind.
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Unartificial Intelligence, Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review, November–December 2020 Issue.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Scott Berinato is a senior editor at Harvard Business Review and the author of Good Charts Workbook: Tips Tools, and Exercises for Making Better Data Visualizations and Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations.
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Scott Berinato, senior editor at Harvard Business Review, is an award-winning writer, editor, content architect, and self-described "dataviz geek" who relishes the challenge of finding visual solutions to communication problems. At HBR he has championed the use of visual communication and storytelling and has launched successful visual formats, including popular narrated infographics, on HBR.org. Before joining HBR, Scott was an executive editor at CXO Media, where he pioneered the use of visual features in several of the company's publications. In addition to his work on visualization, he also enjoys writing and thinking about technology, business, science, and the future of publishing. He has a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University.