Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, by Wallace J. Nichols

By Wallace J. Nichols

Why are we attracted to the sea each one summer time? Why does being close to water set our minds and our bodies comfortable? In BLUE brain, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we predict approximately those questions, revealing the awesome fact in regards to the merits of being in, on, below, or just close to water. Combining state of the art neuroscience with compelling own tales from most sensible athletes, prime scientists, army veterans, and talented artists, he exhibits how proximity to water can increase functionality, elevate calm, decrease anxiousness, and raise expert success.

BLUE brain not just illustrates the the most important significance of our connection to water-it offers a paradigm moving "blueprint" for a greater existence in this Blue Marble we name domestic.

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S. ”3 That remains the case. However, even that “not much” is far more than we have understood for two thousand years about the way the mind works. Undoubtedly many of the conclusions and studies done today will be proven inaccurate ten, twenty, fifty years from now. That’s science: you carefully observe the world around you, state a hypothesis, develop experiments or studies to prove or disprove your premise, use the technology you have available to you at the moment, and then develop conclusions based on the results.

Neuroplasticity accounts for the fact that, compared to most of us, a disproportionate amount of physical space in a violinist’s brain is devoted to controlling the fingers of his or her fingering hand, and that studying for exams can actually increase the amount of cortical space devoted to a particular subject (more complex functions generally require more brain matter). As we’ll see later, it also accounts for certain negative behaviors, like obsessive-compulsive disorder. You will hear the term neuroplasticity a lot in this book, because it exemplifies one of the fundamental premises of Blue Mind: the fact that our brains—these magnificent, three-pound masses of tissue that are almost 80 percent water—are shaped, for good or ill, by a multitude of factors that include our perceptions, our emotions, our biology, our culture—and our environment.

It’s about finding creativity, clarity, and confidence in our deep Blue Minds. My grandfather would go there, and so shall we. Preface One of the many possible ways to describe a life would be as a series of encounters with various bodies of water. Time spent in, on, under, or near water interspersed with the periods spent thinking about where, when, and how to reach it next. My first body of water, of course, was experienced as a zygote in my mother’s womb. And the last—at least as I now imagine it—will be in the form of ashes, cast over the Pacific.

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