I remember taking a college psychology course called something like Neurophysiology. It was an overview course on the anatomy of the brain. The Cerebellum, Corpus Callosum, Cerebral Cortex, Frontal Lobe, Occipital Lobe, Parietal Lobe.
When I say them out loud, they are a symphony. I love words. And I love the human brain. It is my desire to spend the next season of my life studying the brain. In particular, I am interested in exploring human potential, creativity, intelligence, mindsets, the effects of mindfulness meditation on the brain, and the effects of human emotions on the brain.
I don’t have a road map for this exploration. Only curiosity and passion, books and the internet, journals and researchers, documentaries and movies. Recently, I watched a movie called Lucy. It was based loosely on neuroscience and explored the nature of human potential. I liked the movie. A friend of mine thought it was disappointing at the end, that the writers got lazy with science and pulled a cop-out.
I enjoyed the movie, particularly because it raised so many questions and excited my hope for a day when we will have access to more of our brain’s potential. I was encouraged by the perspective that the more we access, the more we will act on behalf of the overall good of our species and the species that depend on us to nurture the planet. I was encouraged by the exploration of the potential for change and hope for the future. I think that’s why I like the study of the brain.
Sure, studying the brain will lead me down paths of disease, but I believe it will also lead me down paths of enlightenment. I believe I will discover ways to enhance my own potential, and I believe I will find ways to help others tap into more of theirs.
So, that is all for now. I just wanted to introduce myself in respect to the topic. Until next time, I hope you roll a couple of those previously mentioned brain words around on your tongue.
What do they sound like to you?