April 4, 2012

Brain Rules

John Johnson on how the brain actually works: 

Some years ago, Atlantic Monthly published an article entitled, “Is Google Making Us Stoopid?”  In it, Nicholas Carr made a compelling case that the internet is having a far more profound effect on our thinking than any of us realize.  Skimming from one idea to another has the potential of remapping our neural circuitry. We are losing the ability to have a sustained thought. As he put it, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski.” To put it another way, we are at risk of turning into pancake people, spread wide and thin, as we connect with the vast network of information accessed by the touch of a button.

Assuming this to be true, it is in our interest to become more and more aware of how the brain actually works. Thankfully, an increasing number of books are being published on the brain, including John Medina’s Brain Rules. His goal is to give the reader twelve rules, twelve insights as to how the brain works. Here are a few that are particularly helpful, especially if we hope our brains will work at maximum efficiency.

Keep reading as John Johnson's summarizes six of Medina's main points.