Chapter 3 - Meet your Amazing Brain

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  All the dendrites, in turn, are surrounded by up to 900 billion "glial" cells which "glue" the parts of the brain together.
  And all these parts link to make up the most unique natural computer the world has ever known - if, in fact, we can call it that; it's more like a self-renewing ecosystem.
  Learn how to use all parts of your amazing brain - and the results could astound you. "For a start," says Tony Buzan, "if you really set your mind to it you could easily read four books a day. And not just read them, but remember what you've read. Now four books a day is what the average student reads in a year - or is supposed to read in a year.
  "Now imagine for a moment that four members of the one family start to study the same subject - and they each read four books on it in a day. Then they each put the main information together on a colorful Mind Map so the main points are easy to remember. They swap Mind Maps - and at the end of the day each of those four people could have absorbed the information from 16 different books: as many as the average student would read in four years."
  And how hard is it to do that? Buzan again: "Not hard at all - if you learn how the brain works. It really is a fantastic tool.
  "Let's take the human eye - only one small part of the brain. Like the brain itself, the eye is much more powerful than we've ever realized. We now know that each eye contains 130 million light receivers which can take in trillions of photons per second. It's like: bang! I see a new mountain scene, and I can take it in, in its entirety, in a second. So a single page in an ordinary old book is nothing for the eye-brain combination. It's just that we haven't been taught how to use those same visual skills for reading."

Your many different "intelligence centers"
 
  Ask Harvard psychologist Professor Howard Gardner, and he'll tell you that visual ability is only one of your many "intelligences".9 He's spent years analyzing the human brain and its impact on education. And his conclusions are simple but highly important.
  Gardner says we each have several different types of intelligence. Two of them are very highly valued in traditional education.
  He calls the first one linguistic intelligence: our ability to read, write and communicate with words. Obviously this ability is very highly developed in authors, poets and orators.

 

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