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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307956822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956828
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 3.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
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Q&A with Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi

Deepak ChopraRudolph Tanzi

In this Q&A authors Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi discuss issues raised in their new book Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness and Spiritual Well-Being. Deepak Chopra. M.D. is the author of more than sixty-five books, including numerous New York Times Bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and director of Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Q. How would you define super brain?

A. It's the brain you have now but maximized. Everyone uses the brain at every moment, but we use it unconsciously. We let it run in the background without realizing the power we have to reshape the brain. When you begin to exercise your power, the everyday brain, which we call the baseline brain, starts to move in the direction of super brain.

Q. The power to reshape the brain—can you be more specific?

A. It means being more mindful of your own thoughts and feelings and becoming more proactive in taking charge of your brain. Each of us plays four roles in relation to the brain. We lead, we inspire, we invent, and we use it. Most people do not actively use their brains. They passively let their feelings and thoughts control their lives. Or they only use their brains without giving it much inspiration or leadership. They don't invent new ways to use their brains, either, settling instead for the same routine and repetitive thoughts every day. But if you master all four roles, you create your super brain. The bottom line isthat you when you are the active observer of your feelings and thoughts, you become the user of your brain. Your super brain then serves you, not vice versa.

Q. How did you hit upon this power to create super brain?

A. Directly from breakthroughs in neuroscience. Modern brain-scan technology has revealed that each person shapes a completely unique brain. Other studies have documented the amazing regenerative ability of the brain, which can be reshaped by the power of your mind to bring you the world you desire. Knowing that, the obvious question arose: Why not use your mind to create the brain you want, using conscious choice?

Q. What does that mean on a practical basis?

A. We give a lot of pointers in the book, but the quickest answer is this: All experiences are either positive for your brain or negative. If you maximize the positive ones, you are shaping the brain you want to being you the world you want.

Q. Can you give a few examples of what you call"a positive lifestyle for the brain"?

A. We divide it into inner work and outerwork. Outer work includes diet, exercise, stress management, social engagement, intellectual stimulation, and good sleep—very familiar advice, but we have made it specific for the brain. Inner work is even more important and little understood until now.

Q. Can you describe inner work?

A. The brain is a dynamic system that constantly processes and creates your reality. It works best if you balance all the things that the brain is good at. The brain is good at being adaptable, flexible, creative, and intelligent. But it's also good at playing and just being. A balanced life provides time—every day if possible—so that every function of the brain is allowed to come alive and flourish.

Q. Do you think that "work" might be more than many people want to do?

A. By work, we mean doing the best you can for yourself. If you want lifelong good health, intact memory, reduced risk of Alzheimer's, and inner fulfillment, your brain plays the central part in all of them. The old adage of "use it or lose it" applies to the brain. The "work" is actually quite simple but requires persistence. One must simply choose to be the observer of the thoughts and feelings brought to them by their brain and use them to create a positive and constructive world that best suits them.

Q. Where is super brain taking us in the future?

A. We believe that super brain is the next evolutionary leap for the human brain. The last leap was the neocortex, the higher intellectual brain, which gave humans the ability to reason, to plan ahead, to love, to feel compassion and empathy, to attribute meaning to the world. Now we can build on that. Choice is the key, because human beings are the only creatures who can choose to evolve, who can shape their destiny. Furthermore, we have been given the gift of "self-awareness," which allows us to step back into our true selves to observe and use our brains to create the world we wish to live in. For us, super brain is the future and starts now.

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This is an excellent book; Very well written and easy to read.
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Part 1 DEVELOPING YOU GREATEST GIFT Which goes into great detail about the latest advancements in science that explain how the brain functions.
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This is a great author collaboration and written to be very easily accessible by non scientific readers.
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301 of 314 people found the following review helpful By Robert Piper on November 6, 2012
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This is an incredibly written book on the most important topic in all of our lives, "The Human Brain." As, the book points out if you don't use your brain, it will use you! The book gives you tools you can use right away.

Most importantly it's written by two brilliant and forward thinking scholars. The first being, Deepak Chopra, M.D. a New York Time best-selling author and author of numerous books who's known around the world for his work on the brain, mind-body connection, consciousness, spirituality, and Quantum Physics.The second, Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi a Harvard Professor who was a pioneer in Alzheimer's research and being one of the co-discoverers of the first Alzheimer's disease gene.

As quoted in the book "Every day you step into the invisible firestorm of electrical and chemical activity that is the brain's environment. You act as leader, inventor, teacher, and user of your brain, all at once.

As leader, you hand out the day's orders to your brain.
As inventor, you create new pathways and connections inside your brain that didn't exist yesterday.
As teacher, you train your brain to learn new skills.
As user, you are responsible for keeping your brain in good working order."

I have to say that this one is greatest books I've read on the topic of the brain because the two authors go extremely in-depth into the working of the brain, and they also give you tools that you can implement into your life today.

It's broken up into three parts. Here's a very basic summary.

Part 1 DEVELOPING YOU GREATEST GIFT
Which goes into great detail about the latest advancements in science that explain how the brain functions. It also talks about the five myths of the brain.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Ohio Reader on November 27, 2012
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Such a hopeful book for people like me who are aging, but also good for younger folks. Something I think younger mothers will love. Kids should be memorizing, memorizing, memorizing (as well as all the other stuff they do in school, of course). It helps develop the brain. Tanzi (PhD) is a cutting edge experimental neurologist with boundless curiosity. Chopra (MD) is a knowledgeable gifted teacher who clearly communicates the practical applications of Tanzi's discoveries. The brain's plasticity means we can repair damage to it by THINKING as well as DOING.
Some concepts I gleaned from my reading so far.....
* Alzheimers can be reversed (depending on how advanced it is when the victim begins trying).
* music lessons, exercise, other repetitive physical activity benefits the brain,
* keeping busy and interested in life is essential to brain health,
* why keeping a pet can save your life,
* the many benefits of cultivating your memory,
* indulging your passion increases brain power,
* mothers get smarter as they manage unpredictable households.
all confirmed by Tanzi's studies and explained by Chopra, the master teacher.

I think this book is specially important for managing the education of children and enabling older folks determined to protect their brains from further decline (it's never too late to start). If you don't have time to read this book, find somebody who has and pick their brains. It'll be good for both of you.

This is a must reread now and then to keep the information fresh in my mind (until the next edition comes out). One of this year's more important and inspiring books.
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102 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bestselling author and Physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Professor Rudolph E. Tansi, combine their wisdom and knowledge to deliver an interesting, easy-to-read guide on how to use your brain, instead of allowing your brain to use you. Through extensive research, the authors present findings on how to achieve health, spiritual growth, and happiness. In addition, the medical experts explain their findings on how the brain can be taught to reach far beyond its capabilities, and limitations. In conclusion, the authors offer important information on what we were taught in the past, and new evidence through research of what we learned in present time. The interesting topics discussed are self-awareness, conscious intention, spiritual insights, and much more. Furthermore, fascinating findings are presented on anxiety, obesity, and depression. Overall, 'Super Brain' is interesting, educational, and enjoyable. Highly Recommended!
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217 of 276 people found the following review helpful By BPage on November 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I want to start by saying I am a fan of Deepak Chopra, but I did not care for this book. I've read several books on the brain, and this one is like the two doctors/authors just threw something together and published it. There is no "meat" in it. They give a little information about the brain, and then say "don't do this and don't do that." The same as everyone else is saying.

After the chapter on weight loss I lost interest and forced myself to skim through the rest of the book to be fair. The authors talk about making the right choices in eating by "thinking" about what you're doing first. Really doctors? Have you read "Moleculres of Emotion" by Dr. Candance Pert or "Wheat Belly" by William Davis? I thought I was an emotional eater until I read "Wheat Belly" and stopped eating wheat. I dont' get cravings anymore since eliminating wheat from my diet. I discovered I'm not an emotional eater--just a slave to my brain chemicals that are being altered by the foods I eat (wheat) and causing me to crave more like a herion addict. To tell people they just have to become "aware" and make better choices is misleading and potentially disasterous to the many fans Dr. Chopra has who put all their faith in him.

There are some great points in the book; however, there are many better, more informative books on the brain out there than what this one offers.
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