The Aging Brain Transcript
Robert Lipsyte, journalist and author of In the Country of Illness
Abigail Trafford, Washington Post columnist and author of My Time
Professor Gerald Torres, University of Texas School of Law
Jesse Kornbluth, Headbutler.com
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Harvard University
Robert Lipsyte: Something Jesse said really resonated and that is kind of trying to unstimulate my brain. I mean so much stuff is really comin' in and what I have been struggling hard to do is to meditate, ten, fifteen minutes every other day. I'm finding trouble... but I do find out when I do it, it is kind of a clearing process.
Jesse Kornbluth: Yes, E.M. Forster says "only connect" and I say "only disconnect" [laughter] because most of what's coming at you is 5,000 commercials a day. I mean its stuff you don't need to know much less remember and so you have to defend yourself against information and so these tactics I think are sort of survival tactics if you will.
Alan: Is meditating good for the brain?
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi: Well sure, meditation is great for the brain. I mean, you know one of the things that challenges a healthy brain is too much internal dialogue and too much internal monologue and distractions. I mean you should be happy every moment of your life and once you seek that type happiness every moment those distractions that come at you will be basically bounced off and you will focus on that what you want to learn and that what you want to be called later. In fact, you know this hits on something very important that we're hit with so much important information everyday that we kind of recoil and we try not to internalize what we're experiencing, but it is important to pick a few good things and to learn them well and to go deep with your thoughts as opposed to just taking in many different little shallow hits.