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The materials on this website are intended for a general audience, albeit one with a desire to think and learn. If you are interested in how brain and personality research is impacting upon the very foundations of our culture, our views of the world and belief systems in general, this site may, I hope, contribute to your understanding.

In the past, brain research was –as all new fields- driven by intuitive hypotheses, corrected by specific and painstaking research, in the best Popperian tradition. The point of departure was however still very much framed within a cultural paradigm using concepts such as consciousness, conscience, responsibility, attention, intelligence, aggression, neuroses, subconsciousness, etc. to explore our last frontier.

This is comparable to the approach of an intricate machine through exploring its user-interface rather than the machine-structure per se. With the advent of both instruments and insight science now seeks to explore the brain from a bottom-up strategy rather than the former top-down conceptualisation. As a consequence the philosophical approach has been sidelined and its proponents are rapidly losing influence (Dennet et al.).

Of course we still need a linguistic vehicle but it should be closely linked to the underlying physical reality as well as to behavioural (i.e. visible) outcomes. We believe to have developed such a vehicle. It is rooted in history, compliant with the tenets of evolution theory and satisfies the demands of modern empirical science. It is called the Heptagon Personality Model.