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Depression

Depression | Consciousness | Scoop.it

As a soul-centred psychiatric therapist, I am disturbed that so many people are being seduced into viewing the often valuable and necessary sufferings of soul, which include most experiences of depression, as 'mental illness'. In other words, sufferers of depression are often forced to endure, in addition to their pain and energy loss, the stigma of being told that they're 'ill', hence that their depression is a problem to be eliminated, or that it has no value, meaning, or purpose.


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What is Heart Intelligence?

What is Heart Intelligence? | Consciousness | Scoop.it

During the 1960s and ’70s physiologists John and Beatrice Lacey conducted research that showed the heart actually communicates with the brain in ways that greatly affect how we perceive and react to the world around us. Today, more than a half century after the Laceys began their research, we know a great deal more about the intelligent heart:

 

- The heart sends us emotional and intuitive signals to help govern our lives.


- The heart directs and aligns many systems in the body so that they can function in harmony with one another.


- The heart has its own independent complex nervous system known as “the brain in the heart.”


- The heart’s independent brain and nervous system relay information to the brain in the cranium, creating a two-way communication system between heart and brain.

 
- The heart makes many of its own decisions.


- The heart starts beating in the unborn fetus before the brain has been formed, a process that scientists call autorhythmic.


- Human beings form an emotional brain long before a rational one, and a beating heart before either.


Researchers at various institutions began showing in the 1980s and ’90s that success in life depends more on an individual’s ability to effectively manage emotions than on the intellectual ability of the brain in the head. These findings naturally resulted in people wanting to know how to infuse emotions with intelligence.

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The brain runs its show incognito

The brain runs its show incognito | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Eagleman’s new book, Incognito, examines the unconscious part of our brains — the complex neural networks that are constantly fighting one another and influencing how we act, the things we’re attracted to, and the thoughts that we have.

 

Eagleman refers to consciousness as “a tiny stowaway on a transatlantic steamship, taking credit for the journey without acknowledging the massive engineering underfoot.” His book investigates this fact and its implications in decision making. He explains how the mind does enormous amount of work to reach the moment when you can gleefully say, “I just thought of something!” He emphasizes how we often take credit for our ideas without considering the “the vast, hidden machinery behind the scenes.”

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Mariana Soffer's comment, August 3, 2012 3:08 AM
This rocks
gregorylent's comment, August 3, 2012 6:55 AM
yet still, rooted in phrenology 2.0, thinking meat makes consciousness ... tell me mr. eagleman, what is the magic that drives the brain?
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What Is Love? - Amit Goswami

Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D, Theoretical Quantum Physicist, talks about the emotion of "love" in humanity in the documentary "The Quantum Activist". http://www.am...
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The Age of Consciousness

The Age of Consciousness | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The Age of Consciousness is gradually unfolding in all areas of society from our daily lives to our business practices. It seems that everywhere we turn there is reference to mindfulness, or consciousness, people making a difference, changing our world, or giving back in some form or another. Conscious philosophies and practices are gradually finding their way into mainstream society. In time, this can only lead to a huge shift in humanity.

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Epistemology and Fourth Order Consciousness - Interview with Robert Kegan

Epistemology and Fourth Order Consciousness - Interview with Robert Kegan | Consciousness | Scoop.it

And this realization is what promotes the transformation from the fourth to the fifth order of consciousness. So, you start to build a way of constructing the world that is much more friendly to contradiction, to oppositeness, to being able to hold on to multiple systems of thinking. You begin to see that the life project is not about continuing to defend one formation of the self but about the ability to have the self literally be transformative. This means that the self is more about movement through different forms of consciousness than about the defending and identifying with any one form.

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David Abram on Magic as a form of consciousness

"Magic is participating in a world of multiple intelligences with the intuition that every form one perceives - from swallow swooping overhead to the fly on a blade of grass, and indeed the blade of grass itself - is an experiencing form, an entity with its own predilections and sensations that are very different from our own."
Source: David Abram. The Spell of the Sensuous. Vintage, 1997, p. 10


Cited by Susan Greenwood, at http://www.philhine.org.uk/writings/ess_naturemagic.html

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Collective Presencing: A New Human Capacity

Collective Presencing: A New Human Capacity | Consciousness | Scoop.it

This is the first in a series of articles introducing the phenomenon and practice of Collective Presencing, a new capacity evolving in humanity at this time. Great thinkers have foreseen its coming—we recognise it in Aurobindo’s descent of the supramental and Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere. But what exactly do those terms mean? Where these gifted individuals intuited and envisioned the birth of this new collective capacity at the dawn of the last century, we are now starting to be able to describe it from experience. While many might recognise the phenomenon from transpersonal group work and other such practices, so far as we are aware, this is the first attempt to articulate it as a path and a set of capacities that can be intentionally developed.

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‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time | KurzweilAI

‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time | KurzweilAI | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The Special Issue on Mind Uploading (Vol. 4, issue 1, June 2012) of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, just released, “constitutes a significant milestone in the history of mind uploading research: the first-ever collection of scientific and philosophical papers on the theme of mind uploading,” as Ben Goertzel and Matthew Ikle’ note in the Introduction to this issue.


“Mind uploading” is an informal term that refers to transferring the mental contents from a human brain into a different substrate, such as a digital, analog, or quantum computer. It’s also known as “whole brain emulation” and “substrate-independent minds.”


Serious mind uploading researchers have emerged recently, taking this seemingly science-fictional notion seriously and pursuing it via experimental and theoretical research programs, Goertzel and Ilke’ note.

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What Happens to Consciousness When We Die: Scientific American

The death of the brain means subjective experiences are neurochemistry.


Michael Shermer examine's Donald D. Hoffman's Conscious Realism which asserts that the objective world, i.e., the world whose existence does not depend on the perceptions of a particular observer, consists entirely of conscious agents. Consciousness is fundamental to the cosmos and gives rise to particles and fields. It is not a latecomer in the evolutionary history of the universe, arising from complex interactions of unconscious matter and fields, Hoffman writes.



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Universal Theory | Holonomic Brain Theory

Universal Theory | Holonomic Brain Theory | Consciousness | Scoop.it
Memory is not lost when the brain is sliced in different directions. This defies the assumption that memory storage occurs in specific parts of the brain. The Holonomic Brain theory suggests that memory is stored in spectral form.
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Amazon.com: The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self

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"Consciousness is inwardness in time. It makes the world present for you by creating a new space in your mind—the space of temporal internality. Everything is in the Now. Whatever you experience, you experience it as happening at this moment."

 

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Is Quantum Mechanics Controlling Your Thoughts?

Is Quantum Mechanics Controlling Your Thoughts? | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Science's weirdest realm may be responsible for photosynthesis, our sense of smell, and even consciousness itself. 

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The International Consciousness Research Laboratories // ICRL

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The BioCentrism Theory

Edited by Agape Satori www.facebook.com/agape.insitori Spoken Word by Robert Lanza THE BIOCENTRISM THEORY Without consciousness, "matter" dwells in an undete...
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danijel drnić's comment, February 21, 2013 1:32 PM
.. But what if the universe is intelligent?? Then environment has properties of being !!
So ... the conclusion follows ... intelligence is self sufficient!
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Lucid Awareness Gives Incredible Insight Into Human Consciousness | TruthTheory

Lucid Awareness Gives Incredible Insight Into Human Consciousness | TruthTheory | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The human capacity of self-perception, self-reflection and consciousness development are among the unsolved mysteries of neuroscience. Despite modern imaging techniques, it is still impossible to fully visualise what goes on in the brain when people move to consciousness from an unconscious state. The problem lies in the fact that it is difficult to watch our brain during this transitional change. Although this process is the same, every time a person awakens from sleep, the basic activity of our brain is usually greatly reduced during deep sleep. This makes it impossible to clearly delineate the specific brain activity underlying the regained self-perception and consciousness during the transition to wakefulness from the global changes in brain activity that takes place at the same time.

 

Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Psychiatry in Munich and for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and from Charite in Berlin have now studied people who are aware that they are dreaming while being in a dream state, and are also able to deliberately control their dreams. Those so-called lucid dreamers have access to their memories during lucid dreaming, can perform actions and are aware of themselves — although remaining unmistakably in a dream state and not waking up. As author Martin Dresler explains, “In a normal dream, we have a very basal consciousness, we experience perceptions and emotions but we are not aware that we are only dreaming. It’s only in a lucid dream that the dreamer gets a meta-insight into his or her state.”

 

By comparing the activity of the brain during one of these lucid periods with the activity measured immediately before in a normal dream, the scientists were able to identify the characteristic brain activities of lucid awareness.

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Creative Intelligence Through Synergetic Diversity

Creative Intelligence Through Synergetic Diversity | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"The global brain, well, we seem to really need it. As it is right now, humankind is a schizophrenic moron. Or manic-depressive, maybe. Sometimes brilliant and productive, mostly lethargic, largely criminally destructive. Despite that many members of the human race are well-meaning, knowledgeable and resourceful. We desperately need to be connected in a manner that is constructively complex, so as to awaken our collective intelligence. Maybe that is something we can do on the internet, maybe it is a different way of doing a few key things. It appears that none of us are smart enough to solve the puzzle. But we might be smart enough to discover patterns that allow something bigger to emerge. We might not be clever enough to know exactly how to do it, but we might know how to start something that triggers the emergence of a bigger level of intelligence. Patterns that promote self-organization and collective intelligence, even small scale, are a very likely leverage point. One ingredient is to know when to get out of the way, and let useful things happen."

 

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Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? | Singularity Hub

Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? | Singularity Hub | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, some of the leading scientists from around the world congregated at the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge to discuss the evidence that has amassed over the years. The experts reached a unanimous decision that animals – specifically mammals and birds – are in fact conscious beings. Through advancements in brain imaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG machines, the scientists concluded that animals show a sufficient degree of characteristics that indicate they are not as non-human as some had believed. The official decision was reached late into the night after the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on July 7th.

 

Organized by Philip Low, CEO of NeuroVigil and inventor of the iBrain, the group consisted of 25 of the planet’s top minds on the mind, including honorary guest Stephen Hawking. The scientists discerned the key differences in human and animal brains, mainly found in the frontal cortex, do not play a role in the phenomenon we associate with consciousness. The decision does not in any sense define what consciousness is, which will be a debate that continues to rage on. But moving forward, there are many consequences to this finding that will need to be addressed as we look to develop a more humane relationship with animals.

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 28, 2012 3:18 AM
uou, this shakes a bit my structures
gregorylent's comment, July 28, 2012 9:44 AM
oh just fucking duh .. crikey, western scientists are sooooo retarded, apart from materiality
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Spiral Dynamics: Evolution of Human Consciousness

Spiral Dynamics: Evolution of Human Consciousness | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Dr. Graves penned this article after approximately two decades of research on the evolution of human consciousness, more specifically, Spiral Dynamics. Graves believed that humanity as a whole was moving toward becoming a global tribe that wasn’t reminiscent of ancient tribalism, but rather, reflective of the development of collective consciousness.

 

The Stages of Consciousness Development

 

Dr. Graves stated that consciousness developed in seven stages, but later found that some of his subjects moved on to an eighth stage, which went beyond the seventh stage of psychological maturity. It was therefore concluded that the development of consciousness was an open-ended process, even though the prevailing eight stage system still holds forte at large:

 

Survival (Beige) - Where all the attention is focused on survival.

 

Tribal (Purple) - All about social relationships and maintenance of customs.

 

Egocentric (Red) – Explore personal identity and challenge tribal authority figures or belief systems.

 

Authoritarian (Blue) – In order to understand purpose of life and have security need to obey higher authority and rules.

 

Enterprising (Orange) – Awaken independence and achieve results while challenging authority and test possibilities.

 

Humanistic (Green) – Seek love and piece within through sharing and becoming useful in the community.

 

Integrative (Yellow) - Live free and explore what is life about while understanding that chaos and change are natural.

 

Neo-tribal (Turquoise) – Experience the wholeness of existence by becoming one with all things, and restore natural harmony and balance.

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Remaining human: A Buddhist perspective on Occupy Wall Street

Remaining human: A Buddhist perspective on Occupy Wall Street | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Over and over, the Buddha taught that what causes suffering is holding on to inflexible views. The stories that govern our lives are also the narratives that keep us locked into set patterns, habits and addictions. The same psychological tools that the Buddha cultivated for helping us let go of one-track rigid stories can be applied not just personally, but socially. Enlightenment is not personal; it’s collective.

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Our sphere of awareness begins to include everything and everyone. The way we respond to our circumstances shows our commitment to non-harm.

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If we are going to fully express our humanity and wake up as a collective, we need to replace our youthful ideas of transcendence with the hard work of committing to the end of a way of life in which our work is not in-line with our values.

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This is an endless human task. We also have to stop cooperating with the system that breeds greed and confusion as it shapes our lives and our choices. This movement is the beginning of bringing that system to a halt.

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The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality

The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Inside researcher Kenneth Hayworth of Harvard University is quoted in The Chronicle Review:


"The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body."


Chronicle continues, "He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin—before he dies of natural causes.


Why? Ken Hayworth believes that he can live forever.


But first he has to die."


Article by Evan R. Goldstein

Illustrations by Harry Campbell for The Chronicle Review


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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 17, 2012 4:39 AM
txs for this Wildcat
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Txs Dan as Well
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Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves

Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"Content curation is the natural evolution of our globally networked consciousness.


This sounds like a bunch of hippie drivel, but we really are creating a global brain, of sorts, by encoding human knowledge and tracking human activity. Using the human nodes of this network to strengthen some of these connections while weakening others (by choosing either to pass along i.e., ‘curate’ information or not to pass it along) helps this global brain function better as a system, which in turn increases its power whenever any of us need to tap into it."

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Neuroscience, free will and determinism: 'I'm just a machine' - Telegraph

Neuroscience, free will and determinism: 'I'm just a machine' - Telegraph | Consciousness | Scoop.it

We're in the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, in Queen Square in London, the nerve centre – if you will – of British brain research. Prof Haggard is demonstrating "transcranial magnetic stimulation", a technique that uses magnetic coils to affect one's brain, and then to control the body. One of his research assistants, Christina Fuentes, is holding a loop-shaped paddle next to his head, moving it fractionally. "If we get it right, it might cause something." She presses a switch, and the coil activates with a click. Prof Haggard's hand twitches. "It's not me doing that," he assures me, "it's her."


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No 'God Spot' In Brain, Spirituality Linked To Right Parietal Lobe - Huffington Post

No 'God Spot' In Brain, Spirituality Linked To Right Parietal Lobe - Huffington Post | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Scientists have speculated that the human brain features a “God spot,” one distinct area of the brain responsible for spirituality. Now, University of Missouri researchers have completed research that indicates spirituality is a complex phenomenon, and multiple areas of the brain are responsible for the many aspects of spiritual experiences.


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Buddhism: Science of the Mind

Buddhism: Science of the Mind | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"Modern science initiated a deep spiritual crisis that led to an unfortunate split between faith and reason—a split yet to be reconciled. Buddhism was seen as an 'alternative altar,' a bridge that could reunite the estranged worlds of matter and spirit" writes Dr. Martin J. Verhoeven, Research Professor of Buddhist Studies and Practice at the Institute for World Religions. "Thus, to a large extent Buddhism's flowering in the West during the last century came about to satisfy post-Darwinian needs to have religious beliefs grounded in new scientific truth."

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