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—Kathleen Taylor, a professor at St. Mary’s College of California, as quoted in “How to Train the Aging Brain.”

I rather enjoyed this observation and the additive notion of our brains growing older and not just simply deteriorating. And, by regularly jarring our brains with a “disorienting dilemma” (which I hope we accomplish with the many voices on SOF), we can probe and add to that depth and interconnectedness of knowledge.


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7 Comments

Is this a problem: I already agree with nearly all of your guests. Maybe I need more talk radio, day-style, to really flip the brain into a dilemma. Maybe not. So many thanks for your work.

Actually, that might not be a bad idea. My laoshi (teacher) describes how he plays his own edges by occasionally listening to really provocative talk radio to practice a sort of loving listening. Anyhow, a solemn & serious reply to your fun post :-)

More to the topic: I think my current dilemma du jour is thinking about the questions raised by Daniel Wegman's book The illusion of conscious will. It's crufty!

Just another positive offering from all of you SOF folks. So glad you're here in 2010, thank you heartily for all the work you've done. Peace.

I love this. This new scientific knowledge (thinking of Doris Taylor here) finally caught up to what many of us already felt we knew: that the individual is empowered by all possibilities, and your own so called "limits," are in fact minimal at best. The brain is plastic and therefore, we can all grow, change, expand, most importantly, adapt.

I remember when I first started having my Dad listen to SoF podcasts in the car, he would say: "Wow Toby, my brain feels like it is working so well right now." The stories and thoughts of guests on SoF were so challenging and engaging for him, it must have activated portions of his brain not oft used, or made new connections. More specifically, I think it was the "Biology of the Spirit" w/ Dr. Nuland and John Danforth on "Conservative Politics and Moderate Religion" episodes that really got him going. (He is a former minister in a conservative evangelical church.)

So, Trent, you guys are accomplishing what you hope...at least in my small anecdote.

Others?

Best,

Toby

The brain (our mind) is amazing with physical creation of new synaptic connections during uptake of new experiences. Not new Neurons, but new connectivity, between each Neuron; a more effective communications "Web."
Consider: High-speed, 5-G Aircard -vs.- "Dial-up" Modem.

The brain (our mind) is amazing with physical creation of new synaptic connections during uptake of new experiences. Not new Neurons, but new connectivity, between each Neuron; a more effective communications "Web."
Consider: High-speed, 5-G Aircard -vs.- "Dial-up" Modem.

Makes a great case for religious tolerance... "Be accepting of others and increase brain function!"