self-help is not a choice for you to make. You don't help yourself become smart because you can't help yourself become smart. This is especially during the first dozen years of your life.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 7, 2009
In arguing his case for what makes us smart and what doesn't, the author notes two shocking facts: (1) we grow 200 billion brain cells at a fast clip of 75,000 brain cells a second, and (2) we grow 1,000 trillion brain-cell connections at speeds exceeding 250,000 brain-cell connections a second--that's over 15 million brain-cell connections a minute! What's more astonishing: this is the most brain cells we will ever have--and we're not even born into the world yet.
This book lay out the facts so readers can decide for themselves why one person grows up smarter than another one, and it gets to the bottom of how we get smart without punching hot-button issues of race, class, and gender. The author promises that his new book about what makes us smart and what does not get the smart job done opens a door that could not only change the way the country looks on the black male, but also on how the country educates and protects its kids.
To bring about this sea change in the so-called crisis of the black male, and in how we educate and protect our kids, the battle should be fought on two battlefronts: (1) where the black son is already born and living in a world where competition is everything, and (2) where the unborn black son is now just a twinkle in his mother's eye.
During what the author calls the Great Brain-Cell War, 100 billion of these 200 billion brain cells (one-half) shrivel and die away before we are born. And during the three "tender years (0-3)" after we're born, we continue connecting our 100 billion brain cells until they are 1,000 trillion connections strong. Then we spend the next ten years (3-12) fighting the Great Brain-Cell Connection War. With this war raging like crazy inside our heads (society shaping us into who we are) 500 trillion brain-cell connections (one-half) unravel, shrivel and die away--even more dying when we are not learning enough new and interesting things to give them all brain jobs to do, so they can live.
When we are not learning new and interesting things, our brain cells are not connecting or growing stronger connections, and we are not growing any smarter. And when we are not growing any smarter, our brain cells are unraveling, shriveling, and dying away--and dead brain cells are forever dead.
"When it comes to how smart you are," the author adds almost wistfully, "self-help is not a choice for you to make. You don't help yourself become smart because you can't help yourself become smart. This is especially during the first dozen years of your life."
The engine driving our brainpower depends on the mother and the other people who raise us long before we jump behind the wheel of our own lives. In the same way they chauffeur us around for the first fifteen or so years before we can legally drive ourselves, they also chauffeur our intelligence around before we can mentally do so for ourselves. How to kick-start how smart we are is not found in a self-help book, says the author, adding, "When someone praises us for that smart brain glowing between our ears, we should thank the mother and the other people who raise us."
But, however, when someone complains that we are as dumb as rocks--then we have our brain work cut out for us. So now it's up to us to grow smarter by teaching ourselves how to learn. One way to grow smarter is to check out books from the library and read them; buy books from the bookstore and read them. Reading to understand is one of the better ways to educate our brains to expand our minds.
In wrapping up his theme in this shockingly enlightening book of what makes us smart and what doesn't, the author turns rueful, saying, we, who live our lives, get last crack at shaping us into who we are--the irony and the beauty of the lives we live. Become a library junkie and a bookstore freak--and read.
D Brooklyn practiced as a CPA with accounting firms large and small; operated D Brooklyn and Company, a business troubleshooting firm, for twenty-five years. He's the author of South Georgia Blues (KissBooks, 2005), a mystery, written under the pseudonym DB CAP and will publish "The Widowmaker: Nigerian Sweet" in the summer, 2009.
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