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by Haakon Rian
You might think that "software" is something that you only use with a computer. I disagree. Without software for our brain, how boring would life be? Books, conversations, a beautiful sunset- all are things I consider software for the brain. After this introduction, I am sure you understand that I will not speak mainly of computer software in this month's column.
Have you ever heard of the amygdala? Those of you who have seen the latest Star Wars movie might think it is a princess- which is a bit off the mark. No, the amygdala is an almond-sized part of your brain, one in each hemisphere. According to Neil Slade, you can mentally stimulate the amygdala.
So what? I mentally stimulate parts of my brain 24 hours a day. (Ok, subtract a few hours when I vegetate in front of the TV.) So what is the big deal?
The big deal is that the amygdala acts like a switch between your reptile- and your forebrain. By clicking it backwards, your reptile brain is in charge, and your brain is charged for fight or flight, attack and defense. When you've clicked your amygdalae forward, however, you brain is primed for creativity, pleasure and intelligence.
I hear some of you mutter, "Phew! This smells like new age mumbo-jumbo combined with a bit of brain science just to make it sound serious".
I have Mr. Slade's books and his tapes, and have tried some of his techniques. Though I must admit to having had intensified neither multiple orgasms nor ESP-experiences [Haankon, just wait....-NS], I have noticed that something happens: A mood lift, a feeling that my brain is being lifted from muddy waters to crystal clear mountain water- definite changes.
Take a look for yourself! Go to www.NeilSlade.com and browse around. You can order books and tapes there- I especially recommend the Frontal Lobes Supercharge and Brain Magic ($15 including postage in the US)- but it is a very interesting web site even if you don't plan to buy, with lots of fascinating articles.
[Further, a very nice web site on Brain and Mind recommends this site and books this month: ASTROMIND, article reprinted below:]
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Your Amazing Brain Adventure is a web site all about Tickling Your Amygdala- i.e. turning on the best part of your brain as easy as clicking on a light switch. This is done as easily as imagining a feather inside of your head stimulating a compass, the amygdala. The amygdala is a set of twin organs, a part of your brain that sits right in between the most advance part of your brain- the frontal lobes and pre-frontal cortex- and the most primitive part of your brain- your "reptile brain" and brain stem. By tickling your amygdala you instantly and directly increase creativity, intelligence, pleasure, and also make possible a spontaneous natural processes known as "paranormal abilities", although such things as telepathy and ESP are really as natural as breathing, or as easy doing simple math in your head. The ability to self stimulate the amygdala by something as simple as thought has been proven in laboratory experiments, such as those conducted at Harvard University research labs, 1999-2009, and can be tracked with modern brain scanning machines such as fMRI and PET... Indeed, thought is faster than light.
Other sites of interest:
EasyPaintYourCar.com is a painting site dedicated to learning how to paint a car yourself, even if you've never painted a car before. You can refinish your car to professional standards at home, better than if you take it to someone else, and enjoy doing it at a fraction of the cost of having it done in an expensive shop. You can repair dents, rust, and use the most durable real automotive paint, and even learn to apply it without any special or expensive gear, in a safe and enjoyable manner. Paint your car in your garage, car port, or even driveway. You can spray, use an HVLP gun, or even use a roller.
Easy Make A Kindle and Your Own Publishing are sites about self-publishing and writing, and how any person can publish materials, print, online, and electronic books. You can drop out of the corporate slave labor rat race and own your own life by writing and distributing your own books on the subject that you know best.
InkJetHelper.com is a web site about escaping from the ridiculous cost of ink jet printer ink refilling- and refilling your printer for pennies instead of $70 a shot. It also has useful tips about maintaining ink jet printers, especially Canon brand printers.
Julia Lu Painting is all about the creative works of Chinese painter Julia Lu, a modern master of oil and water color painting. Julia shares her creative secrets, ideas, as well as her art work.
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