Once in a while we will read a book that punctures our silly human pretension of just how advanced our shared knowledge of a certain subject matter is. Whether it’s astrophysics, anthropology or cognitive science, it’s always a good reminder that humans have been sharing knowledge, and expunging the believes that we thought were true and justified, for a relatively short amount of time.
This book did just this for me. It’s a fantastic read about brain science, plasticity, recovery and the way we’re built to heal and grow.
Check it out!
THE BRAIN CAN CHANGE ITSELF. It is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its own structure and function, even into old age. Arguably the most important breakthrough in neuroscience since scientists first sketched out the brain’s basic anatomy, this revolutionary discovery, called neuroplasticity, promises to overthrow the centuries-old notion that the brain is fixed and unchanging. The brain is not, as was thought, like a machine, or “hardwired” like a computer. Neuroplasticity not only gives hope to those with mental limitations, or what was thought to be incurable brain damage, but expands our understanding of the healthy brain and the resilience of human nature.