The Compassionate Brain by Gerald Hüther
How Empathy Creates Intelligence

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Here
is the ultimate explanation of the brain for everyone who thinks: a guide to
how the brain works, how our brains came to operate the way they do, and, most
important, how to use your precious gray matter to its full capacity.

The
brain, according to current research, is not some kind of automatic machine
that works independently of its user. In fact, the circuitry of the brain
actually changes according to how one uses it. Our brains are continuously
developing new capacities and refinements—or losing them, depending upon how
we use them. Gerald Hüther takes us on a fascinating tour of the brain's
development—from one-celled organisms to worms, moles, apes, and on to us
humans—showing how we truly are what we think: our behavior directly affects
our brain capacity. And the behavior that promotes the fullest development of
the brain is behavior that balances emotion and intellect, dependence and
autonomy, openness and focus, and ultimately expresses itself in such virtues
as truthfulness, considerateness, sincerity, humility, and love.

Hüther's
user's-manual approach is humorous and engaging, with a minimum of technical
language, yet the book's message is profound: the fundamental nature of our
brains and nervous systems naturally leads to our continued growth in
intelligence and humanity.

 

About Gerald Hüther

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Published February 19, 2013 by Trumpeter. 152 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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