ScienceDaily – The healthy brain is in a constant struggle between learning new experiences and remembering old experiences.

Virtually all social interactions require the rapid exchange of new and old information. For instance, normal conversation requires that while listening to the new information another person is providing, we are already retrieving old information in preparation of an appropriate reply.

Yet, some memory theories assume that these different modes of memory cannot happen at the same time and compete for priority within our brain.

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Long before The God Delusion and even before The Da Vinci Code there was Software For Your Brain!

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The God Delusion was published in 2006 and The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003. In 1989, the best-seller, Software For The Brain (Wrightbooks 1989), was first published by Michael Hewitt-Gleeson 20 years ago in Australia and internationally and is now in its Fourth Edition.

This book is a freebie from the School of Thinking with our compliments. It presents the ‘universal brain software’ which is currently the most powerful brain software in the world.

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REPOSTED AND UPDATED FOR AUSTRALIA DAY: In July each year, SOT awards the Australian Thinker of the Year.

The current recipient of the award is Kevin Sheedy.

Since receiving the award he has published his biography Stand Your Ground and was the subject of ABC TV’s Australian Story The Big Picture Man
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SOT: Melbourne: An icon of Australian Football League, and widely acknowledged as the most innovative and influential coach, has been honoured as the 2008 Australian Thinker of the Year.

Player and coach for more than 40 years, with the unsurpassed record of eight premierships and 1000 games under his belt, AFL Legend Kevin ‘Sheeds’ Sheedy is presented with the prestigious award in a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Melbourne on Tuesday 24 June.

The Thinker of the Year award was created in 2005 by the School of Thinking (SOT) in conjunction with the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre to recognise the contribution Australian thinkers make both nationally and globally.

Dr Michael Hewitt Gleeson, Principal of SOT says, ‘Kevin Sheedy is a strategic thinker, a person that pushes the boundaries and consistently thinks outside the square. Previous recipients of the Australian Thinker of the Year award have originated from the medical and scientific world but this year’s award acknowledges Kevin as one of the great sports thinkers in Australia.

‘A man who has been at the forefront of the evolution of football, from encouraging young Aboriginal people to play the game or ‘dance on the right stage’ as Kevin puts it, to promoting and supporting players from other countries,’ Michael says.

These days Sheedy spends his time as AFL Ambassador developing the idea of an AFL World Cup and delivering powerful motivational sessions on positive and lateral thinking to corporate staff and management. He is also the co-author of six books.

Previous Recipients
Kevin Sheedy AM joins past Thinker of the Year award recipients, Professor Michael Georgeff (2005), Professor German Spangenberg (2006), and Professor Jenny Graves (2007).

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This is a holiday long weekend in Australia. No work on Monday because it is Australia Day. We celebrate Australia. But, what is Australia?

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Australia is a constitutional monarchy which was created by The Majority of Electors of 1900. They created The Governor-General as Head of State and The Queen as Sovereign.

Peoplepower

200 years ago Napoleon’s master, Prince Talleyrand, said, “There is someone more intelligent than Voltaire, more powerful than the emperor–and that is the people.”

100 years later in 1900, this became true in Australia. Today, in 2009, it is still one of the enduring truths of our Commonwealth.

The Majority of Electors was the original power in 1900 that created The Constitution and is still, in 2009, the only power in Australia that can change The Constitution.

In contrast to other political realities like in Iraq, Afganistan, Zimbabwe or Fiji or even the Vatican, the USA, India and China, the fact is that the Electors of Australia have been able to hold, without interruption, the ultimate constitutional power in Australia for over a hundred years!

This continuous record of peoplepower and political stability is unprecedented in modern world history.

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The Funny Feeling Inside Your Head …

Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously.

Wikipedia: Cognitive dissonance is a psychological state that describes the uncomfortable feeling between what one holds to be true and what one knows to be true. Cognitive dissonance theory is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.

Similar to ambivalence, the term cognitive dissonance describes conflicting thoughts or beliefs (cognitions) that occur:

– at the same time, or
– when engaged in behaviors that conflict with one’s beliefs.

In academic literature, the term refers to attempts to reduce the discomfort of conflicting thoughts, by performing actions that are opposite to one’s beliefs.

Example:
Smokers tend to experience cognitive dissonance because it is widely accepted that cigarettes cause lung cancer, yet virtually everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. In terms of the theory, the desire to live a long life is dissonant with the activity of doing something that will most likely shorten one’s life.

The tension produced by these contradictory ideas can be reduced by quitting smoking, denying the evidence of lung cancer, or justifying one’s smoking. For example, a smoker could rationalize his or her behavior by concluding that everyone dies and so cigarettes do not actually change anything. Or a person could believe that smoking keeps one from gaining weight, which would also be unhealthy.

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See also: How and Why We Lie to Ourselves: Cognitive Dissonance