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Brain & Mind ~ Writers Need Both . . .


Aren’t Brain and Mind just two words for the same thing?

Not in my world :-)

My world has physics and metaphysics

Very simply, physics deals with the physical world.

And, in my dictionary, metaphysics means:

“the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time, and space”

Of course, physics deals with some things in the physical world that are very difficult to explain since they’re invisible—gravity and magnetism are two.

And, metaphysics becomes difficult to understand when some folks claim that all the abstract concepts dealt with—Love, Mercy, Faith, Justice—are merely distilled from physical existence.

Plenty of intelligent people over the aeons have shared their experience of metaphysics as a realm “beyond” the physical—some merely calling it the arena of Values.

I’m even of the opinion that Words are Metaphysical

For now, let me say that I believe (and have experienced enough to “Know”) that Physics is used by the Brain and Metaphysics is used by the Mind

So a writer would then need to train their mind along with their brain.

So, if a writer lives a “full” and “authentic” life (which, to me, would include reading omnivorously) their brain will translate events in the world (and words in books) into concepts their minds can use for creating written works.

As far as training the mind with reading, check out the post, Why Writers Must Read In Order To Become Authors.

Now for the brain

Naturally, if the brain is the two-way portal between mind and world, just living will give it a good work-out.

But what about specific brain-training?

I may have found a space you can use to improve your brain’s functioning

It’s called Lumosity.

I’ve signed up and taken it out for a spin and it seems worth a try.

The claim for me: 60-69 Age Group — 15 mins a day for 3 months — 97% Improvement

Since I got 3 days of training free and their nominal fee to continue is $5.99/month (30-day money-back guarantee), it would seem I could nearly have a new brain in three months and only lose about $18 if it doesn’t work :-)

Seems though it’s very likely it could work.

Some statements from their site:

“The human brain continues to create new neurons throughout life. Exercise and cognitive stimulation can impact the number of new cells created in your brain.”

“Scientists have discovered that the brain can reorganize itself when confronted with new challenges, even through adulthood. Based on this research, Lumosity’s exercises are engineered to train a range of cognitive functions, from working memory to fluid intelligence.”

“Scientific studies have shown that Lumosity training can improve your ability to dynamically allocate attention, which sharpens memory and processing skills.”

“Lumosity exercises are designed by neuroscientists and are based on independent scientific research from institutions like Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley.”

“Research shows that training just 10-15 minutes a day on Lumosity can lead to dramatic improvements over time.”

“Lumosity users report positive and often remarkable results that include: better face-name recall, faster problem-solving skills, and a quicker memory.”

“Adjust your priorities over time—Memory, Attention, Speed, Flexibility, Problem Solving.”

I may or may not continue using the site—feeling right now that my brain’s been pretty well-trained so far and getting good daily work-outs but………

If you go visit, I’d love to know what you think in our Comments.

Actually, I’d love to know what you think in our Comments even if you don’t go there :-)
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10 responses to “Brain & Mind ~ Writers Need Both . . .

  1. deadeyescribe November 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I’ll be sure to remember the site. At this point my mind is getting a good work out, I do believe. Just gotta rein that pony in. Then I’d imagine my “senseless yet understood words” will cause quite a stir.
    Taming the wild prairie, Sir.
    ~simone, The Deadeye Scribe :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai November 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Write On, Simone !!
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      Hey folks, be sure to follow Simone’s awesome blog—I’ll be visiting Deadeye and meeting her friends soon :-)

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  2. deadeyescribe November 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Reblogged this on deadeyescribe and commented:
    Alexander M Zoltai, author of “Notes from An Alien” and a writer with roaring flames in his heart, and I became blogging friends years ago. His blog is informative and amazing. This post from yesterday is one example. Enjoy!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai November 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

      And, folks, Deadeye Scribe, Simone, is still listed as my favorite blogger in my Blog Roll :-)

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  3. Freedom, by the way November 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    A new brain in 3 months! Wow! That’s better than a diet claim! Seriously. I clicked over to their site and it looks quite interesting. I’d love to hear about your progress. Actually, my teenage son could use brain training. So often when I ask him something I get a blank stare. I wonder if they can re-train the teenage brain not to tune out mom’s voice? LOL.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai November 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Freedom!!,

      Great to see you here :-)

      “Re-train The Teenage Brain”—new song by never-to-be-known-band

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      • Freedom, by the way November 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        Yeah, if it’s a teenage boy band they’ll probably keep forgetting the words. :)

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        • Alexander M Zoltai November 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

          Whoot !!

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          • deadeyescribe November 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

            Wow, I’m glad Freedom brought up teenage brains. Mine is a few years away, but recently acquired ‘something’ where he looks at me while I’m talking, nods in agreement, and forgets in a split second what I said. Simple stuff. Like “Wear your coat when you leave, Son.” If this condition gets worse in teen years, I’m gonna cry. :)

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            • Alexander M Zoltai November 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm

              Get thy son on Lumosity soon :-)

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