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Changing the Brain's Default Mode


What I Learned




Someone wiser than me said that "taking on the practice of meditation is not so much adding something to your life, but rather removing things, obstacles to you awareness."


In the midst of being charged at by twenty masked men armed with rifles and explosives, Sally Adee was able to calmly and smoothly shoot down all of her attackers one by one. Sally didn’t entirely grasp what had happened - from her perspective, the 20 minute skirmish lasted only a few moments, and when it was over, she asked “How many did I get?” Not realizing she had successfully taken down all 20 men. This was very impressive, considering Sally is not a sniper, but a journalist and this was only the second time she had been in a situation like this. After all, this took place in a battlefield simulator in a training facility for snipers.

In Sally’s first run on the simulator, she panicked, was overwhelmed by how many enemies there were and jammed her rifle several times. What made the difference was that in the second run, she had a transcranial direct-current stimulator strapped to her head. This is basically a helmet that runs an electrical current through your brain, with the aim of enhancing cognitive performance.

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