Brain Rules by John Medina -Book Review

Written by:  Julia Tyack

Brain Rules is available in book, DVD or Audible app.

John Medina in “Brain Rules” has done fascinating research in an area as mysterious and vast as the universe.  Every neuron has such a life of its own with intricate structures all working on paradoxes as does the brain.  Medina says that opposites, paradoxes is the environment in which the human brain expanded and constantly improves, a mighty battle against incredible odds every second.   It is fascinating how the brain’s physical structures and learning processes can now be monitored.

As we know, no two brains are the same, not even the brains of identical twins.  No two brains have the same map in the sense this is the area for native language, second language, motor skills etc. In fact we all think differently and learn differently from experienced events.  The brain takes up different areas for, say language, and some areas are much less efficient than others at hosting the facility.  Medina says it is as if an infant arrives with a sticker, “assembling required”.

A chapter I just reviewed tells of the big breakthroughs in science and how initially some came by way of dreams.    Medina says the atomic table was revealed to a rather eccentric Russian scientist in a dream, and not only was the whole known table revealed, but the characteristics and place of those atomic substances named since this revelation.  Is it possible that his sub-conscious was aware  of the table and his conscious mind became aware through a dream?

The current thought is that the more science is illuminating the structure of the brain and what environment or events enlarge brain structure, past and present, the more it is pointing to the fact that we live in a great sea or intranet of mind.  Because we are in mind, mind is also in us becoming personal with learning and evolving through learning over a life time.  Medina uses the illustration that we live in the atmosphere and it flows into us becoming part of our structure as its elements are absorbed through the lungs, reducing structures.  So the structures of brain act as a receiving station as well as a reducing station.  Without the reducing function it would be overwhelming.  Medina gives documented cases where the reducing in an individual is more open throughout their lives or in breakthrough events, and those individuals receive and perceive things beyond the casual observer.