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Week 1: Focused versus Diffuse Thinking / Video 3 & 4

Using the Focused and Diffuse Modes–Or, a Little Dali will do You


What is Learning?

  • in the neurons in this brain
    • thoughts
    • hopes
    • fears

We prize our abilities to do chese and math, but it takes years of practice to acquire these skills. And digital computers are much better at it than we are.

  • unconscious mind
    • thought processes
    • memory
    • emotions
    • motivation



  • Left: side view of the brain

  • Right: view from the midline

The blue areas are highly active when the subject interacts with the world, but turn off in a resting state.

The red-orange areas are most active in the resting state and are called the default mode network.

You are not the same person you were after a night’s sleep or even a nap

Sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care, the death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, chief nourisher in life’s feast.