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We Are Our Brains

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The brain controls us and defines our behavior.

It's responsible not only for thinking, learning, and mental abilities; the brain reacts to every tiny stimulus inside the body and in the outer world.


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Brains During Pregnancy

Brains During Pregnancy

Women and men can feel changes in their brains right after the pregnancy period starts.

In male bodies: The testosterone level decreases, making them more caring.

In female bodies: Prolactin provokes the desire for nesting.

For mothers: These changes are permanent. The bond between a child and its mother is a biological necessity for survival, prompted by oxytocin (the love hormone).


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Habits & Environment

Habits & Environment

The mother's habits and the environment are crucial for the baby's development.

The bad habits cause damage to the baby's brain, as they may lead to depression or schizophrenia.

Dieting and fasting are as harmful to a baby as drinking alcohol and smoking, as they may lead to brain disorders.


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Brain Disorders

Brain Disorders

Young Picasso could barely read and write.

Einstein spoke slower than others.

Daniel Tammet knows by heart PI to 22 514 decimal places.

These brain disorders are genetic, and numerous reasons can cause them.


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Gender & Sexual Orientation

Gender & Sexual Orientation

Even though many feminists claim that gender is a social construct, numerous studies show that a baby determines its gender, sexual orientation, and the extent of aggression before birth.

It's more likely to be caused genetically rather than by the influence of the outer world.


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What does it mean to be in a coma?

A coma results from brain damage and makes a patient unresponsive to external stimulations.

Doctors often say, "A coma patient is like a vegetable." They are still alive, but their brain is dead.


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Locked-in Syndrome

Locked-in Syndrome

In contrast to coma, locked-in syndrome means that the patient's brain is still working and conscious of itself but completely paralyzed.

In most cases, they can only move with their eyes, and that's the method of communication for them.


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95% of Americans believe in God.

This belief is also fully processed in our brains.

Our family and environment left information in the brain during the early years, and we adjusted to it the same way as a mother tongue.

Richard Dawkins (a famous evolutionary biologist) claims that kids are affected by their religious parents because they can't think critically.


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If life is a gradual development process, then Alzheimer's is a disease that causes a reverse: a person slowly loses the ability to live normally and care for themselves.

Moreover, step by step, they lose their personality.

The first symptoms include loss of memory or inappropriate behavior.

How to prevent Alzheimer's?

You can minimize your chances by maximizing brain activity, such as:

  • Speaking foreign languages.
  • Obtaining an education.
  • Working a challenging job.
  • Stimulating your thinking and physical activities.


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Love is In Our Brain, not the Heart

Love is In Our Brain, not the Heart

People often believe that our feelings, desires, and love are in our hearts.

However, they are wrong!

Your personality, with its fears, dreams, ambitions, and passions, is based on your brain, while the heart only pumps blood to keep your body functioning.


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