For Adult Learners

You can dramatically accelerate the speed of your learning when you understand the true science of learning.


“From now on the key is knowledge. The world is becoming not labor intensive, not material intensive, not energy intensive, but knowledge intensive.” – Management guru Peter Drucker

Knowledge – 21st Century’s Greatest Asset

It is estimated that the information in the world is now doubling at the incredible rate of once every 18 months. This fast rate puts you squarely in what is called the Knowledge Society.

In this Knowledge Society, whether you are self-employed or work for a corporation or the government, the rapid rate of information doubling makes your ability to learn quickly the number one advantage that you can possess. Make no mistake about it, our free market economy makes us all entrepreneurs or free agents. Your personal value to any endeavor or organization is now directly tied to the relevant level of knowledge you have acquired.

Never before in history has the ability to learn quickly been so important to achieving success in our world. In this brain-based economy, it is not the size of your biceps that makes you worthwhile but the size of your knowledge base!

By understanding how to turn on the Learning Code you can dramatically accelerate the speed of learning and the depth of behavioral change.

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While all the 32 Elements of the Learning Code are important, the ones below are especially relevant to helping you accelerate your speed of learning and behavioral change.

What Is Learning?

Learning only occurs when there is change at the level of the cells and connections in your brain. In this Element you will learn what must happen in your brain before you can experience efficient, accelerated learning and sustained behavioral change. Find out more…

What Is Intelligence?

Intelligence is what all learning systems try to increase. But you can’t hope to effectively increase your intelligence unless you understand what it actually is. Our educational institutions have mistakenly made the correlation between, IQ, SAT and grade scores and our ability to succeed in the real world. To succeed outside of academia, you don’t need to raise your IQ factor – you need to raise your Adaptability/Intelligence (AI) Factor. Find out more…

Reasons for Learning Failure in the 21st Century

Our present day scholastic, government and corporate learning systems are based on Ancient Learning Theory, first developed over 2,400 years ago. In these bygone times it was believed that the amount of information in the world was fixed and that one could simply memorize in just a few years all the information one needed for her whole life.

At the dawn of the 21st century the amount of information in the world is anything but fixed. Today it is estimated the information in the world is doubling at the astounding rate of once every 18 months! In this Element we find out why we can expect only learning failures if we continue to implement outdated and unscientific learning methods developed for a world that no longer exists. Find out more…

Six and a Half Billion Intelligences – Not One quote

Genetic variation builds unique brains, ensuring that none of the 6.5 billion people on earth will ever learn in exactly the same way. This Element explains how and why you acquired a mode of learning that is totally unique to you. Find out more…

The 11 Biological Intelligences

While, at first, the task of developing learning systems for 6.5 billion people, all with different neurological structures, may seem overwhelming, it is made much less complicated by recognizing that, while human brain plans dramatically vary in detail, they all fit into a limited number of general designs. In this Element you will learn about the 11 biological intelligences and how to identify the one you most favor. Find out more…

We Learn Through Selection Not Instruction

To anyone who has passed though our educational system, the title of this Element seems outrageous. Yet we are discovering from the worlds of neuroscience, biology and genetics that our observations are wrong. Science is now allowing us to realize for the first time that Aristotle and Plato were off the mark – you learn through a selective process not an instructive one. Find out more…

Environment Is Everything to Increasing Your Adaptability/ Intelligence Factor

The environment is all powerful in the process of building and shaping the genetic and neurological structures that are the wellspring of all your thoughts and behaviors. Your biology can only select what the environment presents to you – the good as well as the bad! This Element demonstrates why you want to choose the environments you expose yourself to very, very carefully. Find out more…

Windows of Super Learning Opportunity

In this Element, you will discover that you are never too old to learn. There are special super-learning periods in your lifetime when the speed and capacity that you can select new information into your brain structures dramatically increases. We now find that these windows of super learning opportunity open and close up to until your seventh decade. Therefore you are never too old to learn! Find out more…

Danger! When Media Becomes the Environment

Today the average adult today spends over five hours a day in front of some sort of electronic media screen. Each year this media bombardment pours thousands upon thousands of violent and sexual images into your brain. This Element answers the question: What is the effect on the emotions and behaviors of an average adult who spends over 30 percent of his or her waking hours not interacting with the real world, populated by grass, trees, mountains, buildings, roads and people, but instead sitting in front of some sort of electronic media screen? Find out more…

Meaning – the Holy Grail of Learning

In this Element we will focus on one of the main tenets of The Learning Code: There is no learning without meaning. Here we will see through the eyes of science what we have intuitively known: You remember what is meaningful to you and forget almost everything else. Personal meaning is the holy grail of learning and memory because it is the primary key to unlocking the Learning Code. Find out more…

“No Meaning, No Learning”: The Meaning Network

In this Element, we find that before new information can be efficiently selected into your long-term memory bank, it must first stimulate a group of neurological structures, called the “Meaning Network.” Traditional scholastic, government and corporate learning systems fail to create profound long-term memory formation and behavioral change because they fail to target this group of structures. Find out more…

No Learning Without Emotion

As the 21st century dawns, neuroscience informs us that our emotions are not frivolous luxuries in which we indulge ourselves, nor interlopers in the process of rational thought but instead are the primary organizing factors upon which consciousness, reason and memory are built. Without emotional marking, we find there can be little or no learning. Find out more…

Addicted to Meaning

In this Element, we find that you can become addicted to what you find meaningful in your life. Here we focus on what neurological systems are responsible for driving you to continue to focus on, seek out, get pleasure from, and repeat meaningful behaviors. Find out more…

The Motivational Problem

We are now finding that the authoritarian carrot-and-stick approach to learning, which dominates virtually every learning institution in the world, may itself be a major inhibitor to the learning process. In this Element we learn how and why internal motivation is far superior to external motivation in producing both long-term memory and behavioral change. Find out more…

We underrate our brains and our intelligence. Formal education has become such a complicated, self-conscious and overregulated activity that learning is widely regarded as something difficult that the brain would rather not do … but reluctance to learn cannot be attributed to the brain. Learning is the brain’s primary function, its constant concern, and we become restless and frustrated if there is no learning to be done. We are all capable of huge and unsuspected learning accomplishments without effort.
Frank Smith, Insult to Intelligence

Breeding Out Personal Meaning by Rewards and Punishment

While extrinsic motivators have the capacity to reduce your ability to pay attention, learn and be creative, their most damaging effect may be to alter your neural networks in such a manner that you actually prefer doing what others find meaningful over what you find meaningful. Here we also look at how rewards and punishment can create codependence. Find out more…

Why Experience Beats Linguistic Learning Every Time

Educational systems try to pour words into learners’ heads like we pour water into a jug. The only difference is that most of the words leak out, never to be remembered. Since life first appeared on earth 3.5 billion years ago, evolution has used experience, not words, as the primary basis of learning, represented by change at the level of genes and nerve tissue. In this Element you will find the six reasons why your brain prefers experiential learning over classroom learning. Find out more…

Memory Is Not an Event: The Four Stages of Learning

In this Element, we find that learning is not an event but a process. You do not form a memory in one fell swoop. In order to learn, your brain must go through four distinct stages of the learning process. Here you will find out what the four stages are and how to access them so that you may accelerate your speed of learning and behavioral change. In this Element we focus on the first three stages of the learning process. Find out more…

The Incubation Stage of Learning

Once you have processed data in the first three stages of learning, something else must take place before this information can be selected into your long-term memory banks. That something else is a period of relaxed physical downtime, in which the brain’s neurochemistry is altered. Like a fresh flower bud, newly learned information is very fragile and cannot be effectively logged into long-term memory until you pass through the incubation stage of learning. Find out more…

Stress – the Death of Learning

Although science has shown that the greatest facilitator of learning and memory is relaxed mental states, new research is now uncovering a very disturbing fact: The greatest inhibitor of long-term memory formation is the opposite of relaxed states – stress. We are now finding that stress can destroy your ability to learn in many ways, including killing your brain cells and withering neural connections. Considering that most of us feel that we are under huge amounts of stress in our lives, this turns out to be a very disquieting discovery. Find out more…

The Cycle of Transformation

This Element explains that your brain must go through a cycle of transformation before it can reach higher-ordered mental states. Before your brain can reach these more-evolved states, it must pass through a phase of chaos, which you often perceive as confusion. It is when your brain exits this chaotic stage that you experience the revelation “aha” moments in your life. These moments transform your thoughts and behaviors. Find out more…