A Spanish friend and neuroscientist just reminded me of a great quote by Santiago Ramon y Cajal (1852–1934): “todo hombre puede ser, si se lo propone, escultor de su propio cerebro”.
Which means: “Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculptor his own brain”.
Which really means: “Each of us can literally refine the structure and function of our brains, the same way we can do so with the rest of our body muscles” (my 2 cents…).
Our daily thoughts and actions, learnings, meditation, cognitive therapy, the growing number of software-based programs, and more, are “sculpting” tools…no more no less than tools. Good for some goals and contexts, like improving concentration and memory, becoming “sharper”, helping protect our minds from decline, or manage stress better.
I just bought Cajal’s autobiography, titled Recollections of My Life (thanks, Mind Hacks). Will be writing about it in a month or so‑I have too many books on the table now, and only one brain.
If you want to read some good neuroscience blog posts, you can find a nice collection in the latest edition of Encephalon, hosted by Dr Deborah Serani.
Finally, I will be hosting the next edition of Carnival of the Capitalists (I don’t really love the name…but it is the oldest and best blog carnival for business and economics). If you have some good posts, please submit them here.
For some additional thoughts on sculpting brains, intelligence, and becoming smarter, you can check this post.