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Materialism and the Mind-Brain problem
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Have you ever taken a look at Buddha’s image and wondered how he could be so happy and at peace with all those kids bouncing around him? He must certainly know something that we don’t!
Rick is a neuropsychologist, meditation teacher, and a best-selling author of Buddha’s Brain - the practical neuroscience of love, happiness & wisdom.
Rick grew up in a ‘fairly-nice’ family; if only adults around him would not be so grumpy, stressed, bombed, and irritable all day long! In his heart, he felt things could be better. As he grew older and was exposed to psychology, meditation and eastern practices, it became clear to him that what regular people needed in their daily life were scientific but practical tools that would change their mind for the better over time.
In this interview, he talks about his book, Buddha’s Brain, which is a scientific tool box that will help people be happy in regular life, and how the brain can be rewired to make it function well and put quality in our life.
Highlights from the interview:
NEW SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS ABOUT THE BRAIN
• Little things gradually change the brain for better or for worse over time
- People who undergo training on driving around in a certain locality develop a thicker brain in parts that start visual-spatial memory
- People who meditate develop a thicker brain in parts that control attention and in those that involve self-awareness and empathy for other people
• By working the brain out like you do the muscles of the body, you build more capacity and function into it.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BRAIN
• The brain has a “negativity bias’’ as it tends to over-react and over-remember negative things.
• Where Mother Nature couldn’t care less, the brain passes on gene copies that have something to do with quality of life or full potential.
STEPS TO REWIRING THE BRAIN
• Half a dozen times a day, for 30 seconds at a time, you should let your brain savor those little positive experiences in your life:
- As the famous saying from neuroscience puts it – ‘As neurons fire together, they wire together.’
- This will defeat its negativity bias and level the playing field.
- This will weave those resources into yourself so you’ll feel good and energize your full potential.
• Take care of yourself and build your resources in achieving your own full potential first
- Feel good emotionally and mentally about yourself first so you’re coming from a state of fullness in your interaction with others.
- When your own ‘cup runneth over’, you become stronger, more patient, and can ‘turn the other cheek’ when appropriate.
• Don’t be fearful of threats or other triggers - fear is only the brain’s original emotion.
HOW TO OVERCOME THE ORIGINAL EMOTION OF FEAR
• Pay more attention to real and immediate concerns around you, not those distant and imagined potential threats (the paper-tiger paranoia).
• Your default setting should be – don’t be biased to over-estimating threats and under-estimating resources and opportunities.
• You should routinely challenge your personal sense of being threatened, routinely take in the good, and notice that you’re alright right now.
• Internalize the sense of being cared about.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER ON
• GIVE PEOPLE CAUSE NOT TO FEAR YOU (The Buddhist teaching)
- Be thoughtful that you’re not needlessly being a threat to other people in the little things you’re doing - in your tone, in the words you’re using, in your body language, etc.
- If you relieve people of the stress of threat, it will be to your own best interest.
• The brain is not set from birth; it can regenerate and develop needed skill sets.
• The brain is a mechanism that you have control over.
You can learn more about the brain if you follow Rick at BuddhasBrain.com where you’ll find lots of resources and links to other good things. You can get his book, Buddha’s Brain, at Amazon.com.
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Kathy Bobula, who teaches in the Department of Psychology at Clark College, looks at the neuroscience of bias. How do we develop biased attitudes about others who are different from us? This presentation addresses how bias is acquired, both consciously and unconsciously, by looking at both the neuroscience of bias and learning theory. After taking a look at the brain and how it works, we examine how bias is processed and how bias can be reversed or removed. What the brain can learn, the brain can re-learn in a different way. New imaging techniques have allowed researchers to discover what is happening in the brain when we acquire biased attitudes and stereotypes. With this understanding comes hope for change – the brain is dynamic, so let’s work with it and “take a bite out of bias”!