How to Build a Better Brain
Recent research confirms there are concrete steps you can take to increase your intelligence. And thanks to the brain's neuroplasticity, scientists now believe it is never to late to start.
What's the Latest Development?
Learning a new language is perhaps the best way to increase your mental acuity. When a bilingual speaker is confronted by two words with the same meaning—mano or hand?—the brain's prefontal cortex, which controls high-order functions, steps in to choose. Attention is another important marker of intelligence, so holding yours long enough to memorize poetry, for example, is a good way to boost your brain's performance. Exercising, too, builds the brain by stimulating the creation of new neurons. Or just take a nap—it improves recall!
What's the Big Idea?
Once thought of as a static organ, particularly after your twenties, new research suggests the brain is much more plastic than previously thought. In other words, you can still change the structure of the brain well into middle age. "IQ, long thought to be largely unchangeable after early childhood, can in fact be raised. And not by a niggling point or two. ... IQ can rise by a staggering 21 points over four years—or fall by 18." And a bump in intelligence could mean retaining more of the skills you learn. In short, a life better lived.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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