We’re Just At The Beginning

The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas

We pass thoughts around, from mind to mind, so compulsively and with such speed that the brains of mankind often appear, functionally, to be undergoing fusion . . . Or perhaps we are only at the beginning of learning to use the system, with almost all our evolution as a species still ahead of us. Maybe the thoughts we generate today and flick around from mind to mind are the primitive precursors of more complicated, polymerized structures that will come later, analogous to the prokaryotic cells that drifted through shallow pools in the early days of biological evolution. Later, when the time is right, there may be fusion and symbiosis among the bits, and then we will see eukaryotic thought, metazoans of thought, huge interliving coral shoals of thought . . . The mechanism is there [in the human brain], and there is no doubt that it is already capable of functioning.

Book: The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time

The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time by Anne Baring

A children’s book for adults. The Earth asks all the birds of the world to go on a quest to save her life, describing the place they must reach in order to bring back a message from the Great Being who lives in the House of the Treasure in a garden beyond the edge of time. Based on a tale by the 12th-century Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley

For decades, the conventional wisdom of neuroscience held that the hardware of the brain is fixed and immutable — that we are stuck with what we were born with. As Begley shows, however, recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity, a new science that investigates whether and how the brain can undergo wholesale change, reveal that the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons, even into old age. The brain can reset our happiness meter, allow us to break cycles of depression and OCD, learn compassion, and heal us after trauma.

The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark

The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark by Sara Beak.

Sera Beak will appear at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, CA on Sunday, January 7 2007 at 1 pm. http://www.bookpassage.com

The Red Book is one of my favorite books of 2006, and I wrote a glowing blurb of it, which appears on the back of the book: “If you’re hungry for real magic but allergic to self-righteous jive, sit yourself down at this feast.”