In this game of winners and losers into which we've been thrown, even the so-called winnersultimately lose since we end up with a society where only a small fraction of our human potentials are ever discovered or utilized. The cost to all of us is immeasurable - in terms of financial pressure, low productivity, crime, emotional stress, and a continuing diminishment of personal satisfaction.
To keep things practical and workable, we focus on four key principles.i)The Triune Brain
The Four Brain States or Frequencies
The Conscious Brain’s Reticular Activating System.iv)The Subconscious Psycho-Cybernetic MechanismThese suffice to arrive at a comprehensive workable model of learning and as a consequence, the principles to be followed in teaching.
The Triune Brain
As humans we have not one but three brains. We already knew this at school. But there, it was socast that it did not even excite our curiosity. We learnt of the hind brain, the mid brain and thefore brain. If, instead, if the textbooks had rephrased these as the survival brain, the emotional-social brain and the self-aware brain, we would at once get interested. It would be even morestriking if we were told that these three brains are like the drives of a computer, the C drive, theD drive, the E drive, for instance. Just as the computer has partitions to take care of specificfunctions, so also our brain has these three brains. Why call our brain to consist of three brains?Because, the three brains are in fact have quite independent origins. It is later that they getintegrated into the Brain as we know it. The survival brain gets developed in course of evolutionin the reptiles. So you might as well call it the reptilian brain. The emotional-social brain formsin mammals, so call it the mammalian brain. The self-aware brain gets formed in humans, so callit the human brain. Reptiles have therefore only a survival brain. It performs only those functionsthat help the reptile to survive. What are these? Fight, flight, freeze and reproduce. Mammalshave the emotional brain in addition. It enables the mammal to have ‘social connections’, whichat that level means to care for the young and for the species or pack or ‘family’. Humans have allthe three, the Survival Brain, the Emotional Brain and the Self-aware Brain. It enables humans to perform the most significant function that characterizes them, namely, to ‘think’ and all thatfollows from it.We see at once that reptiles can only be trained. Mammals can be trained and tamed. Humansalone can be trained, tamed and educated. This reframing of the brain allows us to immediatelyunderstand the role of different disciplines or subjects in brain development. Each of the three brains needs different kinds of disciplines. For instance, sports and physical education helpdevelop the Reptilian Brain. Art, Literature, Poetry, Music, Painting, History, help develop theMammalian Brain. Science, Mathematics, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Analysis help develop the