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By Michael J. Gelb

Unharness your artistic power. Michael J. Gelb, bestselling writer of ways to imagine Like Leonardo da Vinci, attracts upon history's such a lot progressive minds that can assist you unharness your personal creativity.

With interesting biographies of all ten geniuses, own self-assessments, and functional routines, this publication is the most important to unlocking the genius inside of you!

Plato -- Deepening your love of wisdom
Filippo Brunelleschi -- increasing your perspective
Christopher Columbus -- Strengthening your imaginative and prescient, optimism, and courage
Nicolaus Copernicus -- Reorganizing your imaginative and prescient of the world
Queen Elizabeth I -- Wielding your strength with stability and effectiveness
William Shakespeare -- Cultivating your emotional intelligence
Thomas Jefferson -- Celebrating your freedom within the pursuit of happiness
Charles Darwin -- constructing your powers of statement and cultivating an open mind
Mahatma Gandhi -- utilizing the rules of religious genius to harmonize spirit, brain, and body
Albert Einstein -- Unleashing your mind's eye and "combinatory play"

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Engineering, for example, relies on feedback loops to plan, design, develop, and test everything from water-main pump stations to complex software applications. Business strategy relies on feedback loops to develop and launch business plans and marketing campaigns. Epidemiology relies on feedback loops to develop vaccines and new antiviral treatments. The list of examples is endless. For our purposes, we’re going to focus on what feedback loops mean in the cognitive context—we’re going to remain focused on the brain.

If it’s informed by a well-trained process of metacognitive awareness, we can safely say that it will be a reliable source more often than not. But if the inner voice is tethered to pure instinct, absent the detachment of metacognition, following its direction could lead to trouble. 34 ❉ BRAIN CHANGER This is not an easy lesson for most of us to learn. Consumer societies often acculturate us to believe that whatever “feels good” is worth pursuing—“feels good” in this case being a proxy term for instinct.

Metacognitive awareness comprises four main factors:13 • Metacognitive control: The amount of conscious control we exert over our thoughts and feelings in conscious mind space • Metacognitive knowledge: The quantity and quality of knowledge we’re looping into conscious mind space • Metacognitive monitoring: The frequency and efficiency with which we are evaluating knowledge in conscious mind space • Metacognitive experience: What we learn from the knowledge in conscious mind space, and how this experience enables us to get even better at the entire process As we learn to boost our metacognitive awareness and use it to our advantage, we gain greater influence in our brain’s feedback loops.

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