Enhancing the brain’s capabilities is a multifaceted endeavour that encompasses various types of thinking: remembering, reasoning, and researching. Each of these forms of thinking plays a unique role in intellectual development, with research standing out as the key to achieving extraordinary results.

Remembering: The Foundation of Thought
Remembering is often considered the most basic level of thinking. It involves the retention and recall of information, such as names, dates, and facts. However, the forgetting curve shows that people forget 40% of what they learn within 20 minutes. To improve memory, it is essential to be passionate about the subject matter and to practice regularly through techniques like meditation, which enhances focus and concentration.

Reasoning: The Path to Common Sense
Reasoning goes beyond mere recollection, involving the ability to process information logically and make sound judgments. This level of thinking helps develop common sense, which is crucial for everyday decision-making. Common sense, while valuable, typically leads to common results.

Research: The Key to Uncommon Sense
Research is the pinnacle of intellectual activity, fostering uncommon sense, which in turn produces uncommon results. The greatest achievements in various fields, from business to science, often stem from rigorous research. For example, McDonald's has a university where over 2,000 recipes are developed annually, yet only two make it to the market, ensuring they remain industry leaders. Similarly, L'Oréal conducts daily research on over 200 women, maintaining their top position in cosmetics.

Harvard University exemplifies the power of research with its 80+ libraries housing over 15 million books, reinforcing its status as a premier institution. The United States, with its extensive research institutes and substantial budgets, consistently produces groundbreaking innovations.

 The Jewish Brain: A Case Study in Excellence
The Jewish community is renowned for its intellectual achievements, making up 0.2% of the world’s population but accounting for a significant percentage of top intellectuals, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in various fields. 
They have produced 40% of Partners in the top law firms in the US

  • 20% of Professors in the Top Universities 
  • 59% of top writers, producers and directors of the to 50 grossing movies 
  • 39% of winners in National Medals of Science
  • 51% of Winners in Non Fictions
  • 39% of all academic Award films directors 76% of US top intellectuals
  • 40% of US won Nobel Prices on Science and Economics 
  • 54% of World chess champions

Largest % of Students in IVY League Schools

  • 30% of Yale Students
  • 27% of Harvard
  • 23%v of Brown University  
  • 30% of Yale Students
  • 27% of Harvard
  • 23%v of Brown University
  • 32% of Columbia University
  • 31% of Pennsylvania University
  • At least 6 times more geniuses than any other race on earth

They rank 1st in graduate degrees, museums, home computers and publishing scientific papers

Their success can be attributed to several key factors:

1.   Love for Intellectually Complex Literature: Engaging with sophisticated texts enhances cognitive abilities.

2.   Compulsory Education: Jews were the first to achieve universal literacy and numeracy, establishing a foundation for intellectual growth.

3.   Dialectic Thinking: Encouraging the examination of issues from multiple perspectives fosters deeper understanding and critical thinking.

4.   Preference for Mentally Demanding Work: Avoiding menial jobs and focusing on intellectually challenging careers stimulates the brain.

5.   Healthy Hygiene and Diet: Practices that promote physical health also support cognitive function.

6.   Urban Living: Residing in intellectually stimulating environments enhances cognitive complexity.

7.   Multilingualism: Learning multiple languages boosts problem-solving skills and mental flexibility.

8.   Positive Mindset: A positive outlook, influenced by cultural texts like the Torah, can enhance IQ and cognitive resilience.

9.   Chess and Classical Music: These activities promote strategic thinking, creativity, and cognitive development.


Numerous laws underpin brain enhancement, each highlighting different aspects of cognitive development:

1.   Law of Masculine and Feminine Uniqueness: Gender-specific brain structures affect cognitive abilities, with men excelling in aggression-driven tasks and women in multitasking and emotional learning.

2.   Law of Empathy: Teaching others enhances one's own understanding and retention of knowledge.

3.   Law of Teenage Uniqueness: The teenage brain is highly malleable and capable of significant development.

4.   Law of Amplified Intensity: Frequent use of certain brain areas enhances their dominance in daily life.

5.   Law of Vocalization: The language we use can positively or negatively affect brain function.

6.   Law of Meditation and Mindfulness: These practices improve focus, reduce stress, and enhance overall cognitive function.

7.   Law of Pain: Positive attitudes toward pain and adversity can lead to profound cognitive growth.

8.   Law of Forgetfulness and Neurogenesis: Understanding and mitigating the natural decline in cognitive function is crucial for maintaining brain health.

9.   Law of Sleep: Adequate rest is essential for cognitive function and problem- solving.

10.  Law of Interaction: Social engagement prevents loneliness and supports mental health.

By understanding and applying these principles, individuals can enhance their cognitive abilities, achieving both common and uncommon successes in their personal and professional lives.

Temitope Jegede, 
June 22, 2024