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 Stephen Pinker, 1997

About the Author
Steven Pinker, a native of Montreal, studied experimental psychology
at McGill University and Harvard University. After serving on the faculties
of Harvard and Stanford universities he moved to the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, where he is currently Professor of
Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience.
Pinker has studied many aspects of language and of visual cognition,
with a focus on language acquisition in children. He is a fellow of several
scientific societies, and has been awarded research prizes from the
the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological
Association, a teaching prize from MIT, and book prizes from the
American Psychological Association, the Linguistics Society of America
and the Los Angeles Times. His classic The Language Instinct is also
available in Penguin.

Why are there so many robots in fiction, but none in real life? 
I would pay a lot for a robot that could put away the dishes or
run simple errands. But I will not have the opportunity in
this century, and probably not in the next one either. There are, of course,
robots that weld or spray-paint on assembly lines and that roll through
laboratory hallways; my question is about the machines that walk, talk,
see, and think, often better than their human masters. Since 1920, when
Karel Capek coined the word robot in his play R.U.R., dramatists have
freely conjured them up: Speedy, Cutie, and Dave in Isaac Asimov's I,
Robot, Robbie in Forbidden Planet, the flailing canister in Lost in Space,
the daleks in Dr. Who, Rosie the Maid in Thejetsons, Nomad in Star Trek,
Hymie in Get Smart, the vacant butlers and bickering haberdashers in
Sleeper, R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars, the Terminator in The Terminator,
Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the
wisecracking film critics in Mystery Science Theater 3000.
This book is not about robots; it is about the human mind. I will try to
explain what the mind is, where it came from, and how it lets us see,
think, feel, interact, and pursue higher callings like art, religion, and philosophy.
On the way I will try to throw light on distinctively human
quirks. Why do memories fade? How does makeup change the look of a
face? Where do ethnic stereotypes come from, and when are they irrational?
Why do people lose their tempers? What makes children bratty?
Why do fools fall in love? What makes us laugh? And why do people
believe in ghosts and spirits?

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Standard Equipment 3
2 Thinking Machines 59
3 Revenge of the Nerds 149
4 The Mind's Eye 211
5 Good Ideas 299
6 Hotheads 363
7 Family Values 425
8 The Meaning of Life 521

Notes 567
References 589
Index 629

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The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality

Dawson Church

Praise for Mind to Matter

“If you’ve been wondering whether your thoughts really do affect your life, this
marvelous book will make you a believer. From the level of the atom to the level
of our bodies to the level of the galaxies, Dawson Church’s painstaking research
shows that mind is profoundly creative. Synthesizing hundreds of studies in the
fields of biology, physics, and psychology, he shows that moment by moment, the
energy fields of our brains are literally creating reality. These insights can have
a radical effect on your health and prosperity, and I highly recommend you
apply them in your life.”
— John Gray, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Men Are from Mars,
Women Are from Venus
“We have entered an era of healing in which the influence of consciousness in
health and illness is being validated as never before. For a view of these crucial
insights, researcher Dawson Church’s Mind to Matter is invaluable.”
— Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part
of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
“Dawson Church’s careful scientific work shows that the Law of Attraction isn’t
just a metaphysical proposition—it’s a scientific reality. Drawing from hundreds
of studies, and illustrated with inspiring real-life stories, it demystifies the
intricate mechanisms by which thoughts become things. As the boundaries of
what you believe is possible for your life are stretched by Dawson’s work, they
may never snap back to their old shape.”
— Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason
“I love this book. It constantly fascinated me with delicious facts and so many
captivating stories. And it is wonderful to see science catching up with what the
shamans and sages have always known!”
— Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine
“Once in a long while, a profoundly disruptive vision shatters the scientific
paradigm, refocuses the entire way we see the world, and opens up vast new
horizons of human potential. For our generation, this book is that vision.”
— Raymond Aaron, New York Times best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the
Parent’s Soul
“Dawson Church has again proven himself to be one of the great thinkers of our
time, demystifying the most complex principles in the universe that influence our
lives, with a story-telling ability that makes it all fun and easy to understand. By
weaving eye-opening research into engaging, heart-warming stories, an
awareness emerges of the power your own mind has to not only direct your life
but influence the collective consciousness of the universe itself which binds us
together as one.”
— Robert Hoss, co-author of Dreams That Change Our Lives; Director,
DreamScience Foundation
“This groundbreaking book presents the exciting new scientific evidence
demonstrating that our thoughts have a direct impact on the world around us,
and it shows us how to harness this knowledge for joyful and effective lives.”
— David Feinstein, Ph.D., co-author of Personal Mythology
“I believe that Mind to Matter is one of the most important books ever written.
Chapter after chapter it shows us how we are masters of our bodies and the
world around us. It’s filled with mind-blowing research that has completely
changed the way I approach my life. The results I’m getting by applying the
techniques are astonishing. They can transform your mind and the world of
matter around you. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”
— Matt Gallant, author of Triple Your Productivity
“Mind to Matter challenges the core principles of modern medicine and
conventional science. Dawson Church makes a compelling case that the
mind/body link is more profound than we ever suspected, and that science must
expand its paradigm to include forces like consciousness, resonance, and
energy. Profusely illustrated, the book includes an impressive compendium of
research citations, from classic papers to recent breakthroughs. Many practical
examples and exercises provide tools to work on our own personal
transformation and, if the book’s thesis of interconnection is correct, our social
transformation as well. I highly recommend this book.”
— Eric Leskowitz, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
“Dawson Church has been a pioneer in the field of healing for decades, his
research far ahead of its time. His book Mind to Matter is perfectly timed for an
era in which people are opening up to the science and research behind energy
techniques. Dawson offers a brilliant and insightful guide to how our thoughts
create our reality. Packed with fascinating history from the dawn of evolution to
the latest brain research, his work is a blueprint for both experts and nonprofessionals
looking for effective healing strategies. Dawson succinctly shows
us not just that these methods work, but the empirical basis for how they work. If
you have ever wanted to learn the science of manifestation and how your
thoughts affect your material world, this book is a must-read. It will change your
thoughts, and applying these principles every day will in turn change your
reality. The question is—what will you create after you read it?”
— Peta Stapleton, Ph.D., School of Psychology, Bond University, Australia
“Many in our culture are shifting from powerless victims to powerful cocreators.
Yet as this evolutionary impulse toward greater power emerges, we are
coming face to face with what happens when power is abused. As we face global
crises of unpredictable proportions, we need heart-based creators of deep
integrity in touch with their power now more than ever. What would be possible
in our lives and on our planet if we connected our power with our hearts? What
does science have to say about such manifesting power? Mind to Matter
explores this edge of how our power to participate in the co-creation of reality
functions from the scientific perspective. It also calls us out on how to avoid
overstating our human power, as so many ‘law of attraction’ books mistakenly
promise. As our power grows, we are called to acknowledge with humility the
paradoxical nature of how powerful we are as creators, yet how uncontrollable
the great Mystery really is. May those who read this book step fully into their
power, their hearts, and their integrity, and may the world be blessed by how
this book affects you.”
— Lissa Rankin, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine

Mind to Matter- The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality
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 Published in the United States
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About the Author
Dawson Church is an award-winning author whose best-selling book The
Genie in Your Genes ( has been hailed by reviewers
as a breakthrough in our understanding of the link between emotions and
genetics. He founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare
( to study and implement promising evidence-based
psychological and medical techniques. In his undergraduate and graduate work
at Baylor University, he became the first student to successfully graduate from
the academically rigorous University Scholars program in 1979. He earned a
doctorate at Holos University under the mentorship of neurosurgeon Norman
Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association.
After an early career in book publishing as editor and then president of Aslan
Publishing (, Church went on to receive a
postgraduate Ph.D. in Natural Medicine as well as clinical certification in
Energy Psychology (CEHP certification# 2016). Church’s groundbreaking
research has been published in prestigious scientific journals. He is the editor of
Energy Psychology: Theory, Research & Treatment, a peer-reviewed
professional journal (, and a blogger for the
Huffington Post. He shares how to apply the breakthroughs of energy
psychology to health and athletic performance through EFT Universe
( EFT Universe was the first organization to have its
courses accredited for CME (continuing medical education) for all of the major
professions, including doctors (AMA), psychologists (APA), and nurses
(ANCC). He has trained thousands of practitioners in energy psychology
techniques and offers the premier certification program in the field


Metaphysics Meets Science
Thoughts become things. This is manifestly true. I am sitting on a chair right
now. It began as a thought in someone’s mind—every detail of it. The frame, the
fabric, the curves, the color.

Thoughts become things. This is manifestly untrue. I will never be a
quarterback for the National Football League, no matter how earnestly I think
about it. I will never be 16 years old again. I will never pilot the starship Enterprise.
Between the ways in which thoughts become things and the ways in which
thoughts can never become things there is a wide middle ground.
This book explores that middle ground.

Why? We want to be able to create to the outermost limits of our thought,
expanding our lives to the limits of our potential. We want to be as happy,
healthy, wealthy, wise, fulfilled, creative, and loved as possible. We also don’t
want to chase pipe dreams, thoughts that are never going to become things.
When we apply the rigorous standards of science to the inquiry, that middle
ground turns out to be enormous. Research shows us that with thought, used
deliberately, we can create things beyond the ordinary.

The idea that thoughts are things has become a meme in popular culture. It’s
held as a firm proposition in metaphysics, and some spiritual teachers ascribe
infinite powers to the mind. Yet there are clearly limits to human creative
abilities; I cannot manifest an aircraft carrier simply by thinking about one. I
cannot become Indonesian, jump over Mount Everest, or turn lead into gold.
New discoveries in epigenetics, neuroscience, electromagnetism, psychology,
cymatics, public health, and quantum physics, however, are showing that
thoughts can be profoundly creative. The page or device on which you now read
these words began as a thought. So did democracy, the bikini, space travel,
immunization, money, the four-minute mile, and the assembly line.

Science and metaphysics are generally considered to be polar opposites.
Science is experimental, practical, rigorous, empirical, materialistic, objective,
and intellectual. Metaphysics is spiritual, experiential, abstract, mystical,
ephemeral, internal, irreplicable, imprecise, subjective, otherworldly,
impractical, and impossible to prove. Science studies the world of matter while
metaphysics seeks to transcend it.

I have never perceived science and metaphysics as separate and have
delighted in being both a mystic and a scientific researcher. When I bring the
rigor of science to the questions of consciousness, each illuminates the other.
This book examines the science behind the creative powers of the mind. It
reviews the studies that show, step-by-step, exactly how our minds create
material form. As each piece of the puzzle falls into place, the science turns out
to be even more astonishing than the metaphysics.

This book is also full of case histories—real, up close, authentic personal
accounts of people who had an experience of mind-into-matter. Drawn from the
worlds of medicine, psychology, sports, business, and scientific discovery, these
stories run the gamut from profound to inspiring to heart-wrenching. They show
us that thoughts can become things in ways that stretch the fabric of our spacetime reality.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Joseph Dispenza
Introduction: Metaphysics Meets Science

Chapter 1: How Our Brains Shape the World
Chapter 2: How Energy Builds Matter
Chapter 3: How Our Emotions Organize Our Environment
Chapter 4: How Energy Regulates DNA and the Cells of Our Bodies
Chapter 5: The Power of Coherent Mind
Chapter 6: Entraining Self with Synchronicity
Chapter 7: Thinking from beyond Local Mind

Afterword: Where Mind Takes Us Next
About the Author
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Unlock Your Creativity-Boost Your Memory-Change Your Life

Tony Buzan with Susanna Abbott, Creative Editor

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You are now in possession of the thinking tool which can transform the way you
think for ever.
When you use Mind Maps on a daily basis, you will find that your life becomes
more productive, fulfilled, and successful on every level:
You can achieve what you want to achieve.
You can become an ideas person.
You can become more efficient and more productive.
You can make your dreams a reality.
Like a road map, Mind Maps will help you get from where you are now to where
you want to be.
As we have seen throughout this book, Mind Maps are so effective because they
work with your brain and its natural ways of functioning: they are a physical
realization of the incredible networking and explosive Mind Maps of thought in
your head. In short, they work with the brain’s all-important hunger for
imagination and association. This is why Mind Mapping is a co-operative
venture – and adventure – between what goes on in your head and what you put on paper.
As you now know, there are no limits to the number of thoughts, ideas, and
connections that your brain can make, which means that there are no limits to the
different ways you can use Mind Maps to help you.
I wish you every success and every enjoyment on your Mind Map journey with
the universe of your brain.

Do you want to:
Come up with innovative ideas and creative solutions?
Memorize information and recall it under pressure?
Set goals and achieve them?
Change career or start up your own venture?
Be an excellent time manager?
Run meetings with efficiency and ease?
Budget and plan to perfection?
Deliver excellent presentations with confidence?
Have more time for yourself and your family?
Enjoy success after success in your life?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you have the right
book in your hands! Mind Maps are a unique thinking tool that will bring out
your natural genius and enable you to shine in every area of your life. The
Ultimate Book of Mind Maps is the definitive guide to using this remarkable tool.

Chapter One, What is a Mind Map?, introduces you to Mind Maps and how
they work. It explains the basic Mind Map ‘rules’ and takes you step-by-step
through your first Mind Map.
Chapter Two, Know Your Brain, Unlock Your Potential, digs deeper into the
reasons why Mind Maps work and how they actually help your brain learn and
think creatively. The better you understand your brain and how it works, the
easier it is for you to help it perform to its best.
Chapter Three, The Ultimate Success Formula, looks at learning how to
learn. It gives you a foolproof formula for learning and success that you can use
in combination with Mind Maps. With the TEFCAS success formula and Mind
Maps you’ll always succeed!
Chapter Four, Mind Workouts for Mental Success, delves into the world of
creativity and shows you how Mind Maps are the ideal tool for quality creative
thinking. It also looks at how strong creative skills help your ability to remember
things with ease, and gives you important memory principles that you can use
with Mind Maps.
Chapter Five, Physical Fitness for Mental Power, highlights the importance of
physical fitness for mental fitness. It looks at optimal ways of getting the right
balance of exercise, sleep, and quality nutrition, and shows you how Mind Maps
can help you achieve this balance.
Finally, Chapter Six, Mind Maps for Everyday Success, shows you just some
of the infinite ways you can use Mind Maps in the workplace, socially, and in
your general life planning. Use the Mind Map examples in this chapter to inspire
you and your fabulous imagination, and you can be sure you will demonstrate
your brilliance in everything you do.

Mind Maps wonderfully and dramatically changed my life for the better. I know
that they will do the same for you, too.
Be prepared to be amazed – by yourself!

List of Mind Maps
Chapter One
What Is a Mind Map?
Jolly hols
Chapter Two
Know Your Brain, Unlock Your Potential Brain cell
Bee skills
The body of your brain
Synergetic brain
Chapter Three
The Ultimate Success Formula Persistence
Chapter Four
Mind Workouts for Mental Success Creativity game
Creativity tips
Chapter Five
Physical Fitness for Mental Power The body’s major systems
Physical power check map
Daily living
Get fit
Chapter Six
Mind Maps for Everyday Success Running a meeting
Preparing for a job interview
Writing an essay
Starting a new venture
Shopping for gifts
Planning a romantic weekend
Learning a language
The wedding
Planning a garden
Family events
Successful budgeting
Mapping your way through a problem
Life vision and purpose
Your ideal future

Table of Contents
Title Page
List of Mind Maps
Chapter One
What Is a Mind Map?
How Can Mind Maps Help You?
The Great Geniuses and Note-making
Mind Mappers in History
What Do You Need to Make a Mind Map?
Seven Steps to Making a Mind Map
Creating Your First Mind Map
Mind Maps in Action
Chapter Two
Know Your Brain, Unlock Your Potential
How Well Do You Know Your Brain?
Our Evolving Knowledge of Our Evolving Brains
The Brain Principle of Synergy
The Learning Principle of Repetition
Mind Maps: Brain Tool Extraordinaire
Chapter Three
The Ultimate Success Formula
Learning How to Learn
The Success Formula – TEFCAS
The Principle of Success
The Principle of Persistence
Mind Maps and TEFCAS
Chapter Four
Mind Workouts for Mental Success
How Can I Boost My Creativity?
Mind Maps for Creative Thinking
Advanced Creative Mind Mapping
Creativity and Memory
Memorizing Information from a Mind Map
Repetition and Memory
The Importance of Study Breaks
Creativity Is the Key to Mental Success
Chapter Five
Physical Fitness for Mental Power
The New Science of Body and Mind
General Physical Fitness
Feed Your Body, Feed Your Mind
Rest, Sleep, and Your Brain
Mind Map Motivator
Chapter Six
Mind Maps for Everyday Success
Mind Maps for Work
Running a meeting
Job interview
Writing an essay
Starting a new venture
Mind Maps for Your Social Life
Shopping for gifts
A romantic weekend
Learning a foreign language
Your daughter’s wedding
Designing your garden
Mind Maps for Life
Planning family events
Planning a budget
Creative problem solving
Life vision and purpose
Creating your ideal future
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and Thorsons are registered trademarks of HarperCollinsPublishers Limited The
text in this book is based upon the material first published in the following
Thorsons titles: Head First (2000), Headstrong (2001), The Power of Creative
Intelligence (2001), The Power of Spiritual Intelligence (2001), How to Mind
Map (2002), The Power of Verbal Intelligence (2002), The Power of Social
Intelligence (2002), and The Power of Physical Intelligence (2003).

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