I spent two decades working out how to stimulate and develop areas of the brain, interaction-ally, intentionally, clinically, in laser-like ways that could overwrite whatever was sub-serving its owner in AN INSTANT (or 5 hours or so...). And so then I felt really aggrieved when the 6-myth was debunked and everyone started talking about 'neuro-genesis' in idiotic terms as if that is simply synonymous with the fact that 'a person can change their mind'... or 'learn something'.
Surely *that was never in doubt...?! Even when the world and its uncle thought that brain growth, remodelling and development ceased at 6 years of age, nobody in their right minds believed that we were wedded to re-dispatching the same thoughts, deeds and decisions for the whole of our lives after age 6...?!!! It truly cannot be that *anyone thought that nobody could learn anything after 6? I mean imagine all those saved years at school!! My point being that neuro-genesis is definitely *not a euphemism for 'the possibility that being tutored might yield results', or that a person could learn to be a better person, or to remember their spouse's birthday, or to think to bother with those flowers at Valentine's, or whatever. We always knew that, right?!
Now this frustration at the sudden ubiquity of self-styled neuro-brain specialists re-branding as quasi neuro-surgeons was not on account of the risk to my 20-year-long pioneering endeavour, but because of the threat of dilution and dumbing-down of one of the MOST PIVOTAL domains of science and research, by people who wanted to make their coaching course sound scientific.
A bit like the drastic erosion of all that vast potential of 'mind-body medicine' when everyone started calling themselves 'psychoneuroimmunologists' (PNI-ists) once the fact that the brain and body are actually linked became clear. All that science being buried and sidelined by people being led to believe they could imagine their dead heart tissue into new life following an MI, as if it's Jesus... and availability of actual 'clinical' courses in which the 'psych' part of the term was overlooked by 'world leaders' in the PNI field teaching this massively important subject as a form of 'evolutionary biology' requiring Paleo and an oxytocin spray. I slightly digress.... but the same principle applies.
All of this to explain why I was joyously happy today to read some Proper Science of Proper Neurogenesis. Which neatly fits in with epigenetics and how one can support the health of, or actively modulate, their brain through targeted nutraceuticals, as well as through targeted brain use, if in possession of the right knowledge.
My own work approached all this from the other direction - top down, so to speak, in hierarchical terms. Now we can learn about individual cellular and genomic neuro-genetic mechanisms that inter-connect with 'higher up pathways', which in turn inter-connect with 'higher-up-still pathways'.... thereby neatly connecting the globalising 'psych' elements to the most-micro of biological pathways appertaining to the infrastructure of brain tissue... in what, it can be said, is 'A Very PNI' sort of way ;) :