This blog, Blessed Brain is about thinking. Or thinking about thinking, which is technically, called metacognition. You’ll find information here that I’ve come across and been thinking about for the past several years. It will be infused with some personal experiences and ideas that I think are worth sharing or promoting. Those ideas include, learning – as a child and from mistakes, making decisions, spirituality, happiness, and critical thinking. Please check out my “About Me & Disclaimer Lingo” page on what this blog will NOT be, getting information or help, and some personal stuff about yours truly.
I’m fascinated with the human brain. By far, it’s the most complex organ in the world. It houses your thoughts, personality and memories. It contains everything that makes you, “You!” It also has a processor that controls your body’s movements and handles millions of other operations on a level that you aren’t consciously aware of….and even more amazing – it can do all of these things simultaneously!
Research on the brain has exploded in the last several years due to advancements in scanning equipment. Specifically, it’s the fMRI or functional magnetic resonance imaging that provides neuroscientists a real time picture of a working brain. This imaging equipment is giving confidence to neuroscientists in offering ideas to disciplines that have customarily been dealt with by humanities or the “soft sciences” (The Tell-Tale Brain by Ramachandran, 2011).
Many theories have trickled down to the layperson in the way of non-fiction books released over the past several years and some are even trying to be classified as new science disciplines like neuromarketing, neuropolitics or neuroesthetics. Yes, some of these are “neuro-hoopla” ideas……playing with language to garner attention and hype. But, if you think about it…everything starts in the brain so I try and keep an open mind when looking at these new books. You can check out my shelf of brain books, many of which are the fuel for this blog.