BOOK LIGHTS: from “The New Brain: How the Modern Age is Rewiring Your Mind” by Richard Restak, M.D.

…intelligence is plastic and modifiable. All of our experiences result in the formation of neuronal circuits. The richer, more varied, and more challenging the experiences, the more elaborate the neuronal circuits…the brain’s capacity for change – its plasticity – remains vigorous throughout our lives.

Richard Restak, M.D.

So maybe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Every challenging conversation we have is carving new neural pathways in our brain. And every time we repeat an experience we deepen the hold that pathway has on us. Maybe it’s time to opt for ‘the more elaborate’ neuronal circuits and check in on the deepened pathways to make sure we want to keep them entrenched. Discussions that allow us to explore give us the option to create the new space in our brain for more elaborate, sophisticated understandings of human consciousness. I think I’ll keep growing ‘elaborate-ly’!

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