During most of the last century, the consensus was that brain structure was pretty much set, fixed and immutable after some specified period of childhood development. More recent research, however, shows that experience changes not just brain structure or anatomy but also the functional organization or physiology of the brain. And this reorganization is what people mean by “neuroplasticity.”
"Several years ago, my family and I had the opportunity to travel to the Isle of Skye, an island near the coast of northwest Scotland. Because it was dark when we arrived, I didn’t have any sense for the landscape. When I went for a walk the next morning, I was surprised to find myself..."
Andrew Tix writes on the psychology of awe.
The last fifteen to twenty years have witnessed a lot of talk about “neuroplasticity”—the idea that we can “rewire” our brains. The very idea has spawned a new kind of industry, the “neuro-industry.” From neuroeconomics, neurocriticism, and neurotheology, to neuromagic and neuromarketing, “neuro” sells books and seminars. But the way that findings in contemporary neuroscience are routinely applied to issues for which they were never meant to serve leads some to refer to the whole “neuro-this-that-and-the-other-thing” as nothing more than “neurobollocks.”
Interview Part 2 of 2 with Fr. Richard Rohr | "Many saints said some rather stupid things, but humbly and completely loved God and their neighbor. Many contemporaries say quite intelligent and true things, and live in union with nobody."
Interview Part 1 of 2 with Fr. Richard Rohr | "Our true selves are not created or concocted by any means whatsoever, even religious formulas or decisions."
Gratitude is so much more than pilgrims, turkey, football, giant balloons down 6th Ave, and the official start of Christmas frenzy. Yeah, yeah. You know that. But do you though?
Sometimes I have prosopagnosia when it comes to seeing God.
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