Thinking about the brain

I was a double major: applied mathematics and psychology. One could argue that I do not use most of my math knowledge in my daily life (except perhaps rigorous and logical thinking). At least none of the math has changed. All the principles and logic embedded in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, complex variables, and numerical methods have not changed. What was true before is still true. While the field of psychology should be more practical, the problem is that what I learned did not come with a warranty. Granted, I graduated in 1999. The science then was based on even older experiments. A lot has changed in the last 20+ years especially in neuroscience.

I just finished a Zoom with a live broadcast of Bulletproof Radio where Dave Asprey interviewed Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. This is one of the perks of being a member of the Upgrade Collective. Dr. Taylor is a Harvard-trained neuroscientist who suffered a stroke in her left hemisphere at the age of 37. It took her eight years to fully recover, and she states that she has actually achieved 120% recovery.

Dr. Taylor expands on the notion of left-brain/right-brain by compartmentalizing four different areas of the brain, which she refers to as "characters."

Character 1: Left brain thinking - Defines the boundaries of where you begin and end. Ego. Rational thinking. Language. Linearity across time.

Character 2: Left brain emotion - Limbic system. Designed to save our lives. Alarm and alert. Am I safe? If something doesn't feel familiar, sound the alarm. Trauma from the past. Insular cortex tied to addiction

Character 3: Right brain emotion - Emotion and experience of the present moment. Explorer. Experiencer. Doesn't worry about me the individual. All about trying new things and experiences. No judgment of left hemisphere. More creative, imaginative, intuitive. Big picture perspective.

Character 4: Right brain thinking - Conciousenss that feels like pure unconditional love. Peace and calm.

Dr. Taylor has a new book out called Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters that Drive our Life.

Looks like I've got another book to add to the queue!
You got my attention at the 120% recovery. 
The 4 characters also sounds very interesting. I have discovered lately since my health episodes that I worry a lot more and tend to think of worse case scenarios a lot more. I wonder what the impact of severe experiences does to the 4 characters. Adding this to my book list to find out. Thank you for sharing Brandon. 
2021-05-27 03:31:54
This doctor was amazing. I'll let you know when the podcast episode is released.
2021-05-27 12:59:59
Well I am a bit impatient once I get a good recommendation like this post. Already bought the book on audibles. Now to go hunting for time.
2021-05-27 20:33:06
Ha! I actually ordered the hard copy. For some reason, I have a feeling I will be using some book darts on this one.
2021-05-28 02:11:24