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The Overall Brain Review – Why your brain matter matters in every matter of life. What is brain development – Really? What exactly is ‘higher brain development’?

PART I
The time has come in human history where EVERYTHING needs to be reviewed in the matters and terms of human brain development. EVERYTHING from education to social issues, technology, love, war, peace, trust, relationships, politics, etc.
All of these matters are directly linked to the processes of our brain matter, and these brain matter processes must go beyond just reviewing snippets or partial processes of our brains’ challenges. Understanding ourselves means understanding our brains and understanding our brains means more than just dealing with ‘this is what your brain is doing when you’re on drugs’, or ‘this is what your amygdala acts like when you’re excited’, or this is what is failing to happen in the frontal lobe and limbic systems of a serial killer’, or this is what duress the brain is suffering under the conditions of Alzheimer’s’, or this is what causes teens to act the way that they do’.
All issues of human development; health, economics, criminal activity, philanthropy, behavior, intelligence, decision-making, world progress and especially adult self-improvement as it is relative to the stages of cognitive development must be viewed, reviewed and overhauled in accordance with the total and full potential of the human brain.
In other words, how would we actually strive, thrive, survive, interact, think, feel, learn, lead, teach, share, work, help, invent, and contemplate within the context of a fully developed and 100% activated brain — as opposed to the historically typical model of using only about 20% of our brain’s potential ??? More specifically, how would a fully activated brain affect the way we process and apply free-will, creativity, intelligence, and behavior?
The simple answer to these questions point to the matter of why we’ve been unable to tap into latent brain potential. The short, straightforward answer is that we need to approach the matters of human development – i.e., the matters of human BRAIN development – from the standpoint of Intuitive Intelligence development. This is the central matter of all human brain matters that has been left unchartered and under-nurtured. What else could it possibly be? We have addressed practically every other facet of human development. Intuitive Intelligence makes up the whopping 80% of human brain potential that we have been missing for so long – and the most we’ve done is to dabble in intuitive intelligence as some mysterious mystical process. But it is a substantial process of our cognitive development. We learn language intuitively and language is used to learn everything else, so intuitive intelligence has to do with, well, literally EVERYTHING.
But the most unknown factor about exploring the possibilities of total human brain potential – which is the same as achieving total Intuitive Intelligence potential – means reconciling with the understanding that Intuitive Intelligence potential (are you ready for this shocking newsflash?) means understanding Preschool Brain development. Whoa – what do the issues of world hunger and climate change have to do with preschool development? – EVERYTHING!!!
We need to process solutions for EVERYTHING and the highest form of human intelligence and behavior – or higher brain development – means we are using our intuitive intelligence capabilities.
Unfortunately, this realization, indeed, this connection has gone totally unrecognized by virtually every field of science, even neuroscience – – and until we can reconcile with this connection – that is, Intuitive Intelligence as an interchangeable equivalent of Preschool brain development – then any attempts to produce ‘higher brain potential’ will continually evade us and suffocate all efforts of human development.
PART II
What is human progress?  What is Human Development? What is Consciousness or Global Awareness?  These sound like complex questions, which they are, but “complex” should never be confused with “complicated”. 

We might – as a hypothesis – say, “What is Animal Progress”? or “What is Animal Development or Animal Consciousness or What is an animal’s sense of Global Awareness?  So what is actually the difference between human development and animal development?  The development, behavior, intelligence and potential of any living species depends on what is fundamentally and naturally encoded in our brains and then carried out by our sensory tools and motor skills.   Animals are born with fully developed brains, or rather at least, they are born with all of their synapses and neurotransmitters already connected — which is why they are able to respond to the true nature of their abilities and also why their full development takes place within a particularly and comparatively much shorter time after birth than humans.  Humans are born with underdeveloped brains and we need a full 21 – 25 years for our brains to fully develop.  Simply put, without any complexities, human development IS human BRAIN development. But here are two key things to keep in mind.  One is that human brain development takes place during the CHILDHOOD  years and humans, historically and to date have only tapped into a small portion of our brains’ potential (approximately 20%).  So human BRAIN development IS in fact, CHILD BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.    Humans, or human progress has been plagued with problems – the solution is UN-COMPLEX – – the one problem behind all problems of human progress is the human development problem of human child brain development. We are the only species that have massive and sometimes incomprehensible and even reprehensible problems within our own species.  Animals never experience problems within their own species on such a scale and it’s probably fair to say that the only real problem that animals have is humans.  Our problems can be solved by simply solving the problem of Human Child Brain Development.  In the Neuroscientific world, the highest function of the brain’s potential is defined by the development and application of the Prefrontal Cortex that modifies and regulates emotions in conjunction with intelligence and reasoning skills.  Cognitivology stands by the idea that there is more to the Prefrontal Cortex than just that, but that the Prefrontal Cortex actually makes zero distinctions between the most altruistic of compassionate behavior and the ability to INTUITIVELY reason highly attuned creative intelligence skills.  The Cognitivology assumption is that these aptitudes are meant to be highly integrated and that there is an early cognitive development basis that predisposes the Prefrontal Cortex for this indistinctly integrated most advanced trait of human brain potential.  The key foundational building blocks for this adult feature of the highest function of our brains requires a certain intervention of care  during the childhood phases of brain development, in particular, the preschool stage.  The highest grade of human development, behavior, potential and devising solutions for our world problems will require the full development and use of our Prefrontal Cortexes to exercise highly compassionate and skillful reasoning solutions as an indistinctly inseparable aspect in our attempts to resolve conflicts and compounding problems.  Professionals are constantly speaking of early intervention, but rarely actually devise a comprehensive solution for the early intervention of anything when it comes to solving world problems.  The only solution to solving world problems is to solve the problem of human brain development and full human brain development depends on using the full capacity of that supreme Prefrontal Cortex, which depends on the full and appropriate development of the Preschool stage – THAT  is what the Preschool stage is for.  It is a misconception that the Preschool stage is meant for academic preparation, but it is understandable that people think that way, because academia is hardly set up to secure and ensure the full development of the Prefrontal Cortex that does most of its higher development during the teen and early adult years.  In essence education, and brain development should be thought of as one synonymous idea.  When we can begin doing that, then we can reform early childhood brain development, and all the years of brain development to be congruent with the goal of total brain potential. 

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President’s proposal on Preschool

I’ve written to the President on several occasions about the importance of preschool development. I’m unsure if he’s actually reviewed any of the information that I’ve sent him and his administrations, so I will write my newest letter to him right here ~

Dear Mr. President B. Obama,
Thanks for finally paying attention to Preschool. Notwithstanding the outstanding job that the Perry system has successfully implemented for young children, the deeper values of the first five years of brain development are still being sorely overlooked. We’re faced with a dual problem for educational and societal development that still must be addressed simultaneously, regarding early education.
It’s not just about education dollars and funding. It’s not about creating a Wall Street type equation for economic and market development, or monetary investments now that will project and yield a high rate of return in a productive workforce in the near and far off future. It’s much more than that. Do we need to prepare young students to have equal opportunities in our future workplace? Absolutely ! But what we also need, what professionals in all fields are begging to acquire, and what your administration keeps crying out about more than anything else is INNOVATION, INNOVATION, INNOVATION.
Innovation requires INTUITIVE development. Intuitive development must be, and can only be established in the early stages of intuitive learning. Our nation also needs more foresight and a lot less hindsight, this is something that can also only be fostered and fortified by early intuitive-cognitive development.
To achieve both a productive workforce in all communities and give all communities of children an opportunity to be innovators in society, plus dramatically reduce many of the problems that plague our communities, we need to ensure early intuitive-cognitive development with a creative emphasis on a Natural Science curriculum that is modified and diversified by the Fundamental Principles of Mathematics.
The A,B,C’s and 1,2,3’s can wait until first grade. Early literacy development implemented as a focus to prepare for elementary school is a quaintly prevalent concept but it is a gross misconception about “academic success” when we’re considering the variables of critical thinking, conscientious behavior and intuitive-creative-innovative progress. As a matter of record, all of the leading academic countries, such as Finland and Japan, wait until the end of age 5 or 6 to begin formal literacy skills.
Until we understand the exquisite, intrinsic and rigorous definition of Preschool brain development, we will continue to miss the WHOLE point. We need to implement an integrative approach – and by the way, integrative development is also useless without a basic intuitive-cognitive foundation that gives children a connecting sense of familiarity for all fields of knowledge, as well as healthy social skills.
Thanks for trying, I hope you will continue to be enlightened.
Sincerely, Carla A.M. Woolf

Neuroplasticity; challenging the synapse and neurotransmitter “pruning” theory in the early stages of development. PART 2

The logical explanation for the advent of neuroscience would mean, indeed conclude
that we are pioneering and embarking upon the process of unleashing the latent 80% of
brain potential. To initially understand how to unleash that 80%, we must understand the
preschool brain – rather we must understand the basic construction of our brain’s
information operating system, which is synonymous with the preschool brain.
There are a few cognitive and evolutionary assumptions, or rather presumptions that
need to be cleared up about neuroplasticity, and the brain in general. The first thing is
that, we humans are born with underdeveloped brains, meaning our synapses and
neurotransmitters are still mostly or entirely unconnected, whereas animals are born with
fully developed brains – meaning all or most of their neurotransmitters and synapses are
already connected, and they seem to use most or close to 100% of their brains’ potential –
compared with humans who acquire or use only about 20% of the brain’s potential.
Recently, some psychologists and neuroscientists have proposed the idea that we do
indeed actually use 100% of brain potential but that we are only using about 20% at a
time – at any given moment. That may sound relieving to many folks, however if we
look at all of the basic elements of brain potential, we realize that there are too many
disparities in human existence that fall short of functioning according to the properties of
compassion and optimism, which define the brain’s system for operating knowledge and
information.
As mentioned, Neuroscientists are still baffled by the tug of war between the back of
the brain and the front of the brain, this conundrum hardly sums up or defines 100%
cooperation, let alone 100% of brain potential. The clues that would summarize the
cooperative properties and functions between the back of the brain and the front of the
brain are indeed there to be uncovered and discovered, but it depends on a matter of re-
defining what the common denominators are between these two areas of the brain. This
cooperation is rigorously defined by Cognitivology® and any Neuroscientist is welcome
to validate or invalidate these definitions.
The evolution of human cognitive brain development tells the story of how our
brains have evolved from the back to the front and Neuroscience does explain how each
individual brain develops from back to front during the years of brain development –
plus, how the brain is capable of continual learning, re-mapping and improving during
the adult years of life.
Neurons perform an important role in the brain’s ability to process and transmit
information within the brain’s network of neurotransmitters and synapses. We are born
with billions or even trillions of these and somewhere in early development after infancy,
but before the preschooler stage a massive trimming down, or “pruning” of these
neurotransmitters takes place. This happens because we only keep what we use, these
neurotransmitters become “specialized” and since nature naturally conserves, then our
brains dispense or dispose of those parts that we have missed using.
However, this “conservation” premise is a poor assumption, even from the
perspective of evolution or conservation or natural adaptability. The reason to debunk
this presumption is that most natural selection theories propose that natural processes are
modified in accordance with necessity, usage, and environmental influences. If the
principles of natural selection were applicable to the pruning of neurotransmitters, it
would seem more logical for the human brain to dispense with the over-production of
neurotransmitters generation after generation for each and every individual. The more
logical conclusion is that even though some of these neurotransmitters would actually be
pruned, it makes more sense that we are meant to use the majority of them.
The point is that a newer presumption for a new age of thinking would compel us to
consider that the massive pruning is consistent with the 20% scale, or ratio of brain
potential that we’ve become accustomed to activating and using. We might also consider
that if we were revising our definition of synapse and neurotransmitter pruning from the
perspective of Particle Physics and String Theory, we can presume that we are processing
knowledge and information predominantly from a physical-3-D standpoint and that other
inherent structures of the brain need the original bulk of neurotransmitters to process
knowledge and information beyond the physical-3-D realm of energy and matter.
The bottom line is that unless we give most of these neurotransmitters and synapses
a chance to connect to our extrasensory senses how will we know what more our minds
and brains are capable of doing?
So yes, neuroplasticity tosses out the old theory that adults are unable to produce
new neurons or learn new information, or that they are unable to break free from their old
ways of thinking. But the question still remains – why toss away all of those original
neurons and neurotransmitters if we are meant to continually produce neurons and be
capable of re-mapping older patterns of knowledge with newer patterns of knowledge?
Why dispose of billions of neurons in early development only to gain a few thousand or
million in adulthood?
Our free will is equally limited to processing choices, as our brain is limited to
processing knowledge and information. The more brain potential we unleash, the more
free will can be unleashed to also serve its function in conjunction with human
development, creativity, discipline, responsibility, optimism, behavior, compassion,
ethics, consciousness and intelligence. What this tells us is that we must begin asking
new and unasked questions if we are ever to figure out the mysteries of latent human
brain potential.

Attention all Preschool Teachers

The world’s leaders need a new way of thinking – a new way of thinking that can be injected into our society’s need to innovate and solve problems.  But politicians and economists will only be able to get this job done with the help of preschool teachers.  That’s right, the most undervalued professionals of our society, and indeed of any society, are the key to easing and resolving the ills and difficult issues of a society.   Only the work of a preschool teacher, and especially parents of preschoolers, can turn a major tide on Mental Health, emotional stability, eradicating war, changing poor economic practices, sustaining democracy, advancing communication and relationships, increasing innovative development, etc.  These issues may seem like they have little to do with preschool development, but in order to increase our problem solving skills, we need to use more brain power and to use more of our brain potential, we must stop relying only on the “plasticity” of the adult human brain, and begin paying attention to the advantages of building a future society of intelligent and empathetic citizens.  This is a process that begins with the early education of preschoolers who are given the basics to advance in science, math, emotional literacy, communication and social development even before reading literacy. Everyone is born to be a great thinker and a great innovator, but great thinkers and innovators still need to be made, and the making of great thinking requires the gathering of  certain basic building blocks during the preschool stage of cognitive development.  In Deepak Chopra’s latest book (“Superbrain”, co-authored with Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.d) they suggest that adults can “Just consciously do what nature designed into the infant brain”, and they proceed to lay out what these basic practices are that infants and young children naturally do.  Well it’s great for us adults to take a few cues from the fresh and open learning potential of young brains.  But why would two really smart scholarly men write the intelligence principles of infants and young children’s learning (and even state that some things learned early in life stay with us forever)  and then just stop short of writing ‘the book’ that will help adults ensure that young brains get properly fit and configured to begin with, while those principles are natural and active — as opposed to writing the one-millionth book telling broken brained adults how to keep fixing ourselves??? It’s seems like it’s the time to just stop producing broken and misconfigured brains during childhood that will require band-aid remedies in adulthood, after our brains have developed, and then repeat this same insane strategy generation after generation. We do have something that previous generations never had – the field of Neuroscience.  So let’s use it. There is more than enough neuroscientific information to help define education as being the exact same thing as brain development.  If children’s brains possess the basic building blocks for true intelligence potential, then why would we fall short of using that potential when it is there to be used? Let’s do that math, let’s use our common sense and critical thinking skills — This is why preschool teachers are in a position to design a new future.  It is simply because a society’s most intelligent learners are in our custody, so we may as well take an active role in the influencing the future – It’s a win-win situation. Stay tuned, there will be more to come.