Extraordinary Plasticity

“The nervous tissue seems endowed with a very extraordinary degree of plasticity, either outward forces or inner tension can, from one hour to another, turn that structure into something different than it was.”

-William James





That Which Builds

“You admire this tower of granite, weathering the hurts of so many ages. Yet a little waving hand built this huge wall, and that which builds is better than that which is built. The hand that built can topple it down much faster. Better than the hand, and much nimbler,was the invisible thought which brought it into existence.”


-Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Plasticity Of Our Brains


“We all have brains made up of 100 trillion connections that are powerful beyond measure. If we learn to use them for the greatest good we can change the world for the better. But we must be careful, the brain is quite malleable and adaptive. That is one of its attributes that has allowed humanity to unfold this far to this point. The mind can be used for good and it can be used for bad, it can be used to come up with ways to create and innovate or it can be used to come up with ways to destroy and harm. It can be conditioned to get used to poor conditions (poverty & ignorance) or it can get used to more desirable circumstances (abundance & understanding).”

-E.R. Hughes


Nova – Secrets of the Mind

“The human brain is without any doubt the most complexly organized form of matter in the universe. The brain is made up off 100 billion neurons or nerve cells. It has been calculated that the number of possible permutations and combinations of the brain activity exceeds the amount of elementary particles in the universe. This gives you an idea of the staggering complexity one is faced with when trying to understand the brain.”

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran – Wikipedia

University of California, San Diego