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FOUNDATIONS
NATURAL EXISTENCE
The Universe
The Solar System
Lifeforce
The Progression of Lifeforce
Animal Life
Desiderata
Ancestry
The Animal Heart of the Brain
The Crossing
The Mammalian Difference
Human Consciousness
ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE
Learning
Gestalt Learning
Feedback
Internalization and Inhibition
THE MEDIATING BRAIN
Inhibition
Various Types of Mediational Behavior
Inner Voices
Inner Vision
Abstraction
Induction
Intuition
Deep Thought
The Problem of Progression
Rationality
Rehearsal and Programming
Review and Reflection
Rhythmic Integration
Internalization
APPLICATIONS
THE CONDITIONING PROBLEMS
Mother’s Milk—Mediationally Induced Emotion
Emotional Drivers and Baggage
Selfishness—The Immature Mind
The Overwrought Mind
The Mad Dog Mind
The Robot Mind
The Hypercritical Mind
Irrationality
Depression
The Tower of Babel
Daydreaming, Nightmares and Fantasies
Attitudes and Fixations
Deception, Hypocrisy, and Self Delusion
The Final Difference
THE NATURAL MIND
Qualities of the Natural Mind
Unity
Pure Consciousness
Presence
Differentiation
Concentration and Focus
Intuitive
Logical
Truth
Strategic
Perspicacious
Emotionality
Rhythmic Balance
The Cat Trick
Consistency
The Moral Sense
THE INDIVIDUAL
Original Will
Human Freedom
Character
CONDITIONING THE ZEN BRAIN
The General Program
Paying Attention
Judgement
Willpower
The Holy Grail of Selection
A Commonplace Illustration
Physical, Full Motion Objectives
Nutrition
Touch
Sleep
Mediational Objectives
Meditations and Relaxations
Visual and Auditory Techniques
Signposts
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The Zen Brain

The Zen Brain

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The greatest marvel of the universe is the human brain, but it comes without an instruction manual. The Zen Brain tells the compelling story of the human brain, from its astonishing appearance in evolution to its perplexing present form, with all its extraordinary abilities as well as its sorry penchant for aberration. If left uncultivated, the human mind grows like a weed garden. But when disciplined in the natural way, the human mind is the finest prize of nature. Such a mind also tends to be more effective, resilient, and happy. Part I, Foundations, begins with the origins of life that have moved relentlessly in one biological direction, a better brain. But the human brain appeared with abilities that far outstripped the environments that spawned it. It mediates between stimulus and response in a new way. It thinks. Oddly, we can all drive cars, yet there were no cars present when we emerged. Just as oddly, we can go insane without any apparent organic reason. Part II, Applications identifies and explains in depth the conditioning methods of self-betterment. With cultivation, the human brain becomes the natural mind that performs better, feels better, and simply works better in adapting us to the many strange, new environments we have created for ourselves. The potential for a finer mental life, a finer quality in experience, exists in all humans. But without discipline, you have to live in the weed garden all your life.
The greatest marvel of the universe is the human brain, but it comes without an instruction manual. The Zen Brain tells the compelling story of the human brain, from its astonishing appearance in evolution to its perplexing present form, with all its extraordinary abilities as well as its sorry penchant for aberration. If left uncultivated, the human mind grows like a weed garden. But when disciplined in the natural way, the human mind is the finest prize of nature. Such a mind also tends to be more effective, resilient, and happy. Part I, Foundations, begins with the origins of life that have moved relentlessly in one biological direction, a better brain. But the human brain appeared with abilities that far outstripped the environments that spawned it. It mediates between stimulus and response in a new way. It thinks. Oddly, we can all drive cars, yet there were no cars present when we emerged. Just as oddly, we can go insane without any apparent organic reason. Part II, Applications identifies and explains in depth the conditioning methods of self-betterment. With cultivation, the human brain becomes the natural mind that performs better, feels better, and simply works better in adapting us to the many strange, new environments we have created for ourselves. The potential for a finer mental life, a finer quality in experience, exists in all humans. But without discipline, you have to live in the weed garden all your life.

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