The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force (2020)

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force Jeffrey M. Schwartz Sharon Begley Arthur Morey The Mind and the Brain Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force A groundbreaking work of science that confirms for the first time the independent existence of the mind and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain Convention
  • Title: The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
  • Author: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Sharon Begley Arthur Morey
  • ISBN: 9780062133069
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Audiobook
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force Jeffrey M. Schwartz Sharon Begley Arthur Morey A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.Conventional science has long held the position that the mind is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Sch A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.Conventional science has long held the position that the mind is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley s groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite that the mind has a life of its own.Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain Their work has its basis in our emerging understanding of adult neuroplasticity the brain s ability to be rewired not just in childhood, but throughout life, a trait only recently established by neuroscientists.Through decades of work treating patients with obsessive compulsive disorder OCD , Schwartz made an extraordinary finding while following the therapy he developed, his patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural pathways It was a scientific first by actively focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward positive ones, Schwartz s patients were using their minds to reshape their brains and discovering a thrilling new dimension to the concept of neuroplasticity.The Mind and the Brain follows Schwartz as he investigates this newly discovered power, which he calls self directed neuroplasticity or, simply, mental force It describes his work with noted physicist Henry Stapp and connects the concept of mental force with the ancient practice of mindfulness in Buddhist tradition And it points to potential new applications that could transform the treatment of almost every variety of neurological dysfunction, from dyslexia to stroke and could lead to new strategies to help us harness our mental powers Yet as wondrous as these implications are, perhaps even important is the philosophical dimension of Schwartz s work For the existence of mental force offers convincing scientific evidence of human free will, and thus of man s inherent capacity for moral choice.
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  1. Aaron

    Sitting somewhere between purely mental events and purely sensory ones is this vast sea of life called experience p 250 And somewhere between the worst of bad popular science writing and New Age pseudo philosophy lies this horrendous mess Where to begin I have so many problems with this book that it s a challenge to put them together in a meaningful and organized fashion Here s my best shot First, this book is supposedly intended to be a science book However, there is not a single footnote in th [...]

  2. Ella McCrystle

    Horrible, pseudo science, pathetic, psychobabble, nonsensical, just plain wrong and really badly written If you would like some junk science nonsense to spout whilst downing canapes at a dinner party, then this book is for you But I m warning you that someone will overhear you and think, a la Woody Allen in Annie Hall, Jesus, make this person shut up He doesn t know what he s talking about To the author mental force some of you may have heard this same idea called soul or mind or free will or co [...]

  3. Heather

    This book is extremely informative in many aspects of the physical and mental processes of the brain and mind Although Dr Schwartz emphasized that the intent of his experiments, understandings and knowledge was to understand obsessive compulsive disorder in the brain, he includes examples of experiments and findings that reach other scopes of psychology and neurology Dr Schwartz devotes a chapter to the basic explanation of the literal topography of the brain itself, touching on different proces [...]

  4. Patrick

    Take one good, or even very good book Stick it in a blender with an awful one and set to puree Well, okay, I m speaking metaphorically here, so don t do that But that at least gives an idea of what I thought of this one The sections of the book related to the author s work with OCD sufferers, his descriptions of similar work on those with Tourette s Syndrome and major depression and his basic narrative of discoveries related to the brain and what has come to be believed related to its flexibilit [...]

  5. Audra

    I quite enjoyed this book and its exploration of the relationship between mind, brain and quantum mechanics It highlights the importance of attention and concentration in, for instance, acquiring a new skill or remapping faulty brain patterns I would recommend this book as a sequel to The Brain that Changes Itself it is technical than the former book and delves deeper into brain structure I wish that the author had dwelled on how meditation and buddhism can help in overcoming mental health iss [...]

  6. Melanie

    This book is all over the place The ideas are very intriguing and worth thinking about, but the execution is very uneven in quality Some chapters such as the one on Schwartz own OCD research are to the point and interesting, others like the last few bring up fascinating ideas, but do not manage to convince me on either their grounds, workings or implications, while yet others are tangential to the subject at best and very distracting such as the Silver Spring monkeys chapter.The introduction of [...]

  7. Nick

    Jeffrey Schwartz has written an impassioned argument for the neuroplasticity of the brain, based on his work with OCD patients and his practice of Buddhism I have enormous admiration for anyone who brings together Eastern and Western ideas with skill and thoughtfulness, as Schwartz has done here, but when the work creates a genuine breakthrough in treating mental illness, then the originator deserves the highest possible praise Millions of people suffer tragically from OCD, and the desensitizati [...]

  8. David

    This is an excellent book I learned how people with severe conditions can sometimes overcome the debilitating effects of stroke, OCD, and so on.Toward the end of the book, the author describes how quantum mechanics may be a key component to volition and free will But, I am not completely convinced of the connection with quantum mechanics I understand how the act of observation of an atom can resolve its previously probabilistic state And the analogy between observation and attention is striking [...]

  9. Bethany

    This book was fascinating and hopeful I read the author s other book You are Not Your Brain and found the tone tos cheesy and pop self helpish It also left me with a question about the difference between the mind and the brain When I found this title, it seemed it would answer my question and it did The tone of this book is much academic, though still intended for lay people It wanders through the history of experiments that have led neuroscientists to their current understanding of neuroplasti [...]

  10. Mohammed Al-Humaikani

    Wonderfully written by a highly experienced researcher Revolutionary thoughts on neuroplasticity that are yet to be fully accepted by the scientific community The wonderful blend of buddhist philosophy with deep knowledge of neuroscience is what has been established here The pragmatic four step concept with the critical idea of mental force is highly applicable and strongly scientific to overcome habits that one is willing to change A beautiful chapter on Free Will and Free Won t that presents w [...]

  11. Steve

    If you would like to know about the human brain, I highly recommend this book I read it a number of years ago after hearing the author interviewed and I have remembered it ever since Jeffrey M Schwartz, MD, is a research psychiatrist at UCLA His descriptions of how the brain is formed will astound you The stories of how nerves are reclaimed and reused in the event of a limb amputation, for example are amazing Did you know that violinists have a much larger portion of their brain devoted to thei [...]

  12. Duchess_Nimue

    The Mind and The Brain is a book that discusses how those two are separate It talks how The Mind is then chemical reactions in The Brain, and how the science grew to the the understanding of this.Neuroplasticity is defined as an ability of neurons to create new links between nerves, which can happen with the use of mental force Author places a substantial importance on attention, for without it, our successes would be much smaller.Dr Schwartz talks about his technique for treating people with O [...]

  13. Counsel182

    Probably like 3.5 stars but I d give this book the benefit of the doubt A seemingly easy philosophical issue is there a duality between mind and brain doesn t seem so simple to neuroscientist Do mental forces affect the brain by altering wave functions causing us to act differently The authors exhaustively explore this and other issues as it pertains to amputees, individuals with brain traumas as well as OCD patients There also is a rather interesting chapter on the infamous notorious Silver Sp [...]

  14. Čavle Margarin

    a really weirdly written book on the one hand it tries so hard to present itself as a serious scientific work, but the New Agey zealous and anecdotal tone doesn t really help in taking it seriously also, it could have really used some editing, I mean I UNDERSTOOD YOUR ACHIEVEMENT IN OCD THERAPY THE FIRST TIME YOU EXPLAINED IT, YOU DIDN T HAVE TO REPEAT IT ON EVERY SECOND PAGE OF THE DAMN BOOK still, the quantum mechanics introduction is alright, as well as the summary of different schools of tho [...]

  15. Holly

    At first, I was like And then I got to the second half of the book and I was like Because QUANTUM PHYSICS IS WEIRD, Y ALL And then I ended up with a little bit of this So, yes Super interesting read if you d like to understand why and how attention or the mental force of your mind can actually change the brain s structure.

  16. Jim

    Outstanding Schwartz while working with OCD patients and developing a therapeutic intervention for them discovered what he calls self directed neuroplasticity mental force He works with the physicist Henry Stapp to establish the mechanics of self directed neuroplasticity in quantum physics and connects this with the Buddhist practice of mindfulness.In all of this, he makes a case for the human mind and human will having impact on the human brain in other words, the mind can change the brain.

  17. Jonas

    Jason Shawartz does an amazing job at walking the reader through what is happening in the brain when we are paying attention and apply focus to something He details the Neuroscience behind what takes place as we create new habits in how we think and shows what free will really is Controlling what we choose to think about and focus on Its the proof behind James Allen s classic As a Man Thinketh.

  18. Julieta

    First of all, neuroplasticity is just fun to say It makes you sound all educated when you drop it in a conversation But the truth of the matter is that Jeffrey Schwartz is able to explain a complicated subject to the common folk and teach us to utilize the benefits of science So, where is your mind Find that out and you hold the keys to the kingdom The answer is actually quite simple.

  19. Steve

    This book explains the ability of the mind, or the will, to influence the brain This has application for language learning We can and do influence the ability of our brains to develop new neural circuits to cope with new languages Language learning is a matter of attitude than aptitude, I have always felt This book supports this view.

  20. P.S. Winn

    This is a great what is possible book Looking at the human mind and what it is possible of is fascinating The author offers a great scenario that the mind, so powerful, is capable of many things How we use it is up to you I have long believed we could use our minds to do many things, including healing ourselves and extraordinary things We have great minds, why not use them

  21. Rick

    A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.Conventional science has long held the position that the mind is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley s groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite that the mind has a life of it [...]

  22. G Curtin

    Chapter 8 on the Quantum Brain blew my mind Worth the read just for those few pages Cheers to adult neuroplasticity

  23. Victor Negut

    The first half of this book is very good It contains a well developed analysis of the history of OCD, and stroke therapy and its relation to neuroplasticity It could be written and understood very well with or without invoking a discussion of free will The author then enters the realm of quantum mechanics His ignorance in the field could be disregarded if he did not misrepresent the field so wildly He tries to use quantum mechanics to propose the existence of a mind force which he has invented I [...]

  24. Jimmy Ele

    Nonwithstanding my lapse of attention ironically induced by this book at page 323 at the precise chapter entitled Attention Must Be Paid I have decided to give this book a 5 star rating Once I mustered up the willpower and attended to the rest of the book using the power of Mental Force I was able to induce a change in the plasticity of my brain, and my boredom dissipated in the same way a photon s momentum would, should a person decide to try and pin down its position Many controversial subject [...]

  25. Michael Johnston

    I was fascinated by this book From neurology to quantum physics to existential philosophy, the author covers enormous territory in pursuit of an interesting idea that the mind exists as a force of nature independent of the the brain Scientific determinists have long argued that the chemical and synapitic make up of the brain determines who we are That all of our behaviors and beliefs are essentially pre determined by the chemical and synaptic make up of the brain Schwartz rebels against this det [...]

  26. John Hewlett

    On the whole I have to say this book sucked I am willing to give credit where credit is due in that it offers a really good overview of the history surrounding the idea of neuroplasticity It recounts the studies and experiments performed by the major players in what was by the end of the last century representative of a massive paradigm shift within the neuroscience and neurobiological communities namely that adult brains are not immutable and cortical remapping in response to physiological insu [...]

  27. Valerie

    I m enjoying this book cause I m very interested in the topics mind, brain, and science and it provides a good history of the subject i.e Descartes, dual interactionism, epiphenomenalism, etc which I didn t really have until reading this The fact that Schwartz has signed the Discovery Institute s A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism hasn t really impeded my ability to listen to him with an impartial ear BUT, I m thus far unconvinced by the solidity of his central theses or original ideas, which a [...]

  28. John Martindale

    This book was really interesting, he makes the case that the mind is not merely an illusion, but it can have a causative force on the brain, which is quite a controversial stance to take in the scientific community Personally it was quite a pleasure to hear Schwartz opposing the materialistic, deterministic and behaviorist view point which are still orthodoxy in the cult of scientific naturalism But yeah, a lot of the book is the history of brain science and how a couple of folks accidentally st [...]

  29. Patrick

    This book delivers new ideas about the independence of the mind, neuroplasticity of the adult brain, and cogently lays out the efficacy of quantum mechanics at the root of the mind brain relationship Also, the author writes some of the best descriptions of quantum mechanical effects and the brain research tales that empower the concepts Very good book Highly recommend review A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind and demonstrates [...]

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