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The Enchanted Loom reviews Susan Greenfield's book, A Day in the Life of the Brain

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Noted UK neuroscientist Susan Greenfield takes us through a day in the life of the brain in this intriguing exploration into the many different ways that degrees of consciousness arise, expand and fall during any 24 hour period.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Susan Greenfield's book, A Day in the Life of the Brain

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Susan Greenfield’s…
  3. 3. Thread 1: “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” (pg. ix)
  4. 4. Thread 2: “Memories, no less than molecules, are physical objects, part of the physical universe, but objects we are capable of recognizing under names other than those physics gives them.” (pg. 3)
  5. 5. Thread 3: At each stage of your day, various factors drive an endless succession of brain states, which are themselves based on very large numbers of brain cells working together for just a fraction of a second. “Ass- emblies” are rela- tively unknown and under- investigated.(pg. 4)
  6. 6. Thread 4: The brain is not a rigid and inflexible building; instead we should think of it as a heaving ocean that is some- times rela- tively calm, but some- times choppy, churning, even stormy. (pg. 45)
  7. 7. Thread 5: Just to be crystal clear: what I’m suggesting is that transient configurations of large-scale neuronal assemblies throughout the brain correlate with varying degrees of con- sciousness at any one moment. (pg. 50)
  8. 8. Thread 6: “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” ~ Friedrich Nietzche (pg. 53)
  9. 9. Thread 7: A natural environment spares us relentless reactivity to the outside world and shapes our consciousness more subtly in a more voluntary, proactive manner. Creativity scores after a 4-day hike are 50% higher. (pg. 54`)
  10. 10. Thread 8: As our brain develops , so the connections will be shaped by our experiences of the outside world: this phenomenon whereby experience almost literally leaves its mark on our brain is known as plasticity. (pg. 61)
  11. 11. Thread 9: Emotions must be the most basic form of consciousness. (pg. 149)
  12. 12. Thread 10: A normally active, fully matured prefrontal cortex will link the past and the future with the present and provide a bigger cognitive picture. (pgs. 138)
  13. 13. Image Credits: Title Page: http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/23193-personality-traits-brain-scans Slide 3 - http://bit.ly/2wOQyHC Slide 12 - http://www.bbc.com/earth/columns/the-big-questions Slide 2 - http://www.nndb.com/people/962/000169455/ Slide 6 - https://fineartamerica.com/featured/stormy-seas-vince-cavataio.html Slide 5 - http://go.nature.com/2wV8jn2 Slide 11 - https://pixabay.com/en/photos/fire%20heart/ Slide 10 - http://bit.ly/2xtVmmk Slide 14 - http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/23193-personality-traits-brain-scans Slide 9 - http://goldwallpapers.com/main/1819-image-beautiful-scenery.html Slide 8 - http://justcuteanimals.com/post/286 Slide 7 - http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2015/06/the-whirling-dervishes-of-cairo/#1 Slide 4 - http://bit.ly/2wOONKt
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