9. Neuro-Manifesto

Context:

I have read a lot of neuroscience books – thousands and thousands of pages. While I learned a lot, I also wasted a lot of time. Fed up with the lack of useful neuroscience book (outside of a few wonderful exceptions), I decided to create a neuroscience book for readers like me.

Artifact:

Snippet from The Neuroplasticity Manifesto:

If you have time, the full text can be downloaded here:

Application:

This short book taught me how much work goes into a book, but also how much work can be saved. At times, I found myself wanting to get into wordy tangents. But, I realized that these kinds of details were not helpful to the reader. By keeping the reader’s time in mind, I managed to simply things. For example, most neuroscience books will spend hours talking about the molecular nature of neuron communication. However, it is highly unlikely that memorizing the individual molecules will help the reader change their life for the better.

Application:

I have already applied a lot of what I’ve learned from The Neuroplasticity Manifesto. I no longer think of science as a field of complexity. I think science can be simple. If someone asks me about neuroscience, I give very concise, useful answers. I want everyone to benefit from the neuroscience. It is not fair that the best information be held inside complex terms and theory – though there is a time and place for the subtle complexity of biology.

Future Growth:

In terms of the future, I do plan to add more information to the book. I would like to add a section on what struggle entails. Why is internal conflict feel so bad? What can we do to win when we are experiencing struggle? Why does it feel so hard to spend energy? These are important neuroscience questions that regular people need answers?

Note: the short answers to the above questions are:

  • Internal conflict feels bad, because two different regions of the brain are competing for resources – resulting in heightened blood pressure, muscle tension in the scalp, and oxygen deprivation to certain regions of the brain.
  • When we are in a struggle state, it is important to step back for a moment to allow the brain to cool down. This will allow the individual to evaluate what is happening in their brain, and activate energy into the sections that they would like.
  • It is hard to spend energy, because the cognitive and non-cognitive parts are deeply intertwined. Evolutionarily, our ancestors had a instinct to conserve energy. So, when we spend energy, we are having to resist the original biological mission.