User Guide Sections:

The following is a proposed list of general categories the User’s Guide intends to cover in greater detail in coming posts:

  1. Structure – what the brain is made up of and how it performs its various functions in our body.  The various brain regions and sub sections, their locations and what functions they are mostly responsible for controlling/performing/assisting in.
  2. General Functions – brief synopsis of the brain’s role in everything we do as human beings. Broadly classified as sensory input/output and feedback functions, motor (muscle) function, and associative functioning (the way parts of the brain interconnect with other parts of the brain and body when performing complex tasks).
  3. Mind. Our Consciousness – our states of awareness and our degree of control over them. Healthy versus unhealthy states of mind.
  4. The Concept of Self. Being aware of, and identifying with, your ‘self’. Who are we and what makes us the way we are? Does our Self change? Should we have more ‘say’ in what we are, or think we are? Self delusion, personal bias, confirmation bias.
  5. Brain Psychology.
  6. Dreaming. Being unconscious. Are dreams ‘real’ – can we tell the difference between a dream state and an aware one? What is real to the brain?
  7. Meditation. How to gain more control over the way your brain works for you.
  8. Learning. What are the most effective methods of training the brain, improving our performance in various tasks/functions.
  9. Memory. Recall and recognition. How are memories created, retained, recalled? what can be done to improve memory/what things interfere with it?
  10. Sleep and the Brain. How sleep affects brain activity. What are the benefits/costs?
  11. Hypnosis. Can our brains be fooled (can they not be?) Can another person direct our consciousness without our awareness?
  12. Addiction. What is the brain’s role in addictive behaviour. Can it be self-regulated effectively?
  13. Mental health. What is mental health – what is mental unhealth? How can we best maintain a healthy mind?
  14. Emotions. Their purpose; Types of; Control over.
  15. Thoughts and rational thinking.
  16. Creativity and productivity. Can a well-disciplined mind produce truly original creative thoughts/ ideas?
  17. Communication – with our self; with other ‘Selves’, with other sentient beings, eg. pets, other creatures.
  18. What is ‘Real’/Reality?
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