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Rule 12: We are Powerful (Brain Rules)

Babies are born with a deep desire to explore the world around them. It is a drive in the same way that hunger, thirst, and sex are drives. They are a model of how we learn – not by passively existing in their environment, but by actively testing their surrounds the way a scientist would.

As children grow up, they find that learning not only brings them joy, but brings them mastery. Expertise in certain subjects gives them the confidence to take intellectual risks.

for 20 percent of their work hours, Google employees can go wherever their mind takes them. 50 percent of new products, including Gmail and Google news, came from this “20 percent time.”

The right prefrontal cortex looks for errors in our hypothesis (“The saber-toothed tiger is not harmless”), and an adjoining region tells us to change behavior (“Run!”).

Parts of a brain remain as malleable as a baby’s; we can create neurons and learn new things across our lives.

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"Silence is the best expression of scorn" - G.B. Shaw

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