, December 3, 2013
Muniz has produced a good rendition of some of the elemental
aspects of brain functionality. For instance, the book explains
that the brain deals with large sensory capacities by acting as
a system to prioritize and organize sensory information for
decision making purposes. In addition, the brain employs
neural associations to determine the subjective value of inputs.
The brain does more than prioritize, it develops a solution set
which might vary significantly amongst individuals looking at the
same problem. Thus, educators have formulated a process called
"critical thinking" in order to deal with the plethora of valid but
different solution sets coming from small group members
examining the same facts and sets of assumptions.
The operational systems that carry out decisions are essentially
learned behaviors. The learning comes from personal
observations, training from parents and later on via reading
and interaction in small groups in places like pre-kindergarten.
In addition, the brain does more than prioritize information.
The brain has a vast information storing and retrieval
capability to be able to access information which is the
subject of the decision making process itself. This aspect
seems to be absent in the book although the author does
mention an overall system to execute decision making.
The brain's storage and information retrieval capacity is
a subject for continuing discussion both here and in the
afterlife. One of the remaining unsolved questions is this.
What happens to the stored information once a person dies?
Is this information resident on a chakra level? If so, how can
it be accessed?
Overall, the book is a good primer on introducing psychology.
There are areas which could be developed further. i.e. the
brain storage, retrieval and associative connections