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Why your brain is a quantum computer

Why your brain is a quantum computer | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The particles and atoms in your body are “entangled” with each other: they receive and transmit information not just by biochemical means, but by the remarkable process known in quantum physics as “phase-conjugate quantum resonance.” Phase-conjugate quantum resonance is a term used by physicists that means that the particles are “non-locally entangled.” It is thanks to the existence of this ultrafast, ultrasubtle, but enormously efficient way of transmitting information that your body can be alive, and stay alive.

 

What’s revealed at the leading edge of quantum physics and quantum biology is that your body is not just a biochemical system: it’s also a “macroscopic quantum system.” Quantum systems were believed to exist only at the submicroscopic level, where quanta are in the state known as “coherent,” which means that they are able to get into synch with each other.

 

by Ervin Laszlo

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Gratitude Affects Heart and Genetics, Study Says

Gratitude Affects Heart and Genetics, Study Says | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Biologist Glen Rein at the popular Institute of HeartMath, in Boulder Creek, California, conducted a study of people who entered a state of heartfelt appreciation or unconditional love, what he referred to as “heart consciousness.” He found that these people could actually alter the winding and unwinding of DNA (genetic material) in solution.

 

It did not matter whether the participants were holding the DNA in a test tube or not. By allowing their hearts to be full of positive and loving emotions, the participants in this study were able to affect DNA in a test tube!

 

What’s more: when the same people held loving feelings in their hearts, their heart rhythms became extremely coherent. Their electrocardiograms (ECGs) were analyzed by sophisticated frequency-analysis software. Whenever they held the loving, appreciative thoughts, their heart rhythms followed a more coherent rhythmic pattern.

 

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You are not the mind

Concentration, meditation, and learning to direct the mind according to your own will, prove that you are not your mind. Can the mind control itself, or does it need some higher power to control it? This leads you to realize that you are separate from the mind, otherwise how can you master it? It is you, the real you that is directing the mind. The ability to focus the mind or stop its activities in accordance with your willpower awakens the understanding that you are not your mind, and this is a great step toward self-realization.
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Neuroscience and philosophy must work together

Neuroscience and philosophy must work together | Consciousness | Scoop.it

To a large extent consciousness has been dethroned from the central role it used to occupy in the study of our mental lives. Freud persuaded us that there is more going on mentally than we are consciously aware of, and that sometimes others can know more about what we are thinking and feeling than we do. Now we are also learning more and more from neuroscience and neurobiology about how much of what we do is the result of unconscious processes and mechanisms. And we are discovering that there are different levels of consciousness, different kinds of awareness, and that much of our thinking and decision-making can go on without it. So a more pressing question might be, what is consciousness for? Is it just a mere mental accompaniment to what is going to happen anyway? In that case it may be our sense of self and self-control that is most in need of revision.

 

by Barry Smith

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Science Weekly podcast: Can science ever explain consciousness?

Science Weekly podcast: Can science ever explain consciousness? | Consciousness | Scoop.it
Three leading researchers and thinkers on consciousness discuss the emerging scientific understanding of this mysterious human faculty...
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Magic Mushrooms Expand the Mind By Dampening Brain Activity, May Help Depression | Healthland | TIME.com

Magic Mushrooms Expand the Mind By Dampening Brain Activity, May Help Depression | Healthland | TIME.com | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Based on this idea, Huxley posited that ordinary consciousness represents only a fraction of what the mind can take in. In order to keep us focused on survival, Huxley claimed, the brain must act as a “reducing valve” on the flood of potentially overwhelming sights, sounds and sensations. What remains, Huxley wrote, is a “measly trickle of the kind of consciousness” necessary to “help us to stay alive.”

 

A new study by British researchers supports this theory. It shows for the first time how psilocybin — the drug contained in magic mushrooms — affects the connectivity of the brain. Researchers found that the psychedelic chemical, which is known to trigger feelings of oneness with the universe and a trippy hyperconsciousness, does not work by ramping up the brain’s activity as they’d expected. Instead, it reduces it.

 

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Have You Had A Noetic Experience?

A Noetic Experience may involve intuition, insight, psychic or mystical awareness. The Institute of Noetic Sciences studies the different aspects of "inner knowing"

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The God Particle, Quantum Entanglement, And The Holographic Universe

The God Particle, Quantum Entanglement, And The Holographic Universe | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Quantum Entanglement is at the heart of understanding how significant events across the universe operate at the macro- and micro- level in split-second synchronicity despite considerable distance between them. We are beginning to see the entire universe as a holographically interlinked network of energy and information, organically whole. And as the mystic Rumi wrote around 800 years ago, "If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you. The face of the unknown, hidden beyond the universe would appear on the mirror of your perception!


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Virtual Ego

"Alan Watts. If ego = control, then the formula for enlightenment is:

 

Develop and grasp at self-control until you reach complete frustration and then realize the contradictions and true nature of self-control, or self-guidance.

 

Striving for a type of self-control that is subtlely, inherently impossible builds up into complete frustration, until out of this mud, the lotus of re-conceptualization blooms.

 

This is the true heart of ego transcendence.

After ego death and ego transcendence, how big and powerful is the ego? Bigger and more powerful than ever, the ghost who remains after ego death."

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transcendental attractor

transcendental attractor | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Psycedelic eschatologist Terrence McKenna suggests a more modern perspective: I've taken [Whitehead's] notion of concresence and attempted to consttruct a terminal cosmology that literally stands on its head the scientific explanation of the origin of the universe. I don't believe the universe is the push outward into substntial existence by primal explosion. I believe the universe is being pulled and shaped into an ever more complexified and concrescent entity that is in fact a transcendental attractor ocated in the future. It's transcendental in the sense of residing in a higher dimension than ordinary space, and in the feeling/tone sense in which we ordinarily use the term "transcendental."

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SSE Talks - 40 Hz Brainwaves and Higher Consciousness 1/3

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Does Gamma Brain Wave Emission Correlate with Higher Consciousness?

 

Summary:

 

Gamma emission (40 Hz brainwaves) are present in the frontal lobes of people of "higher consciousness." Neurofeedback was used to train non-advanced meditators to emit gamma brainwaves, resulting in similiar subjective reports of "higher consciousness."

 

About the Author(s):

 

Beverly Rubik, Ph.D., is a prolific biophysicist associated with the Institute of Frontier Science and Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. Dr. Rubik presently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Integrative Medicine Insights, and ReVision.

 

For more, visit www.scientificexploration.org

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Consciousness, Qualia, and Self (V.S. Ramachandran)

Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD, discusses consciousness, qualia, and self.
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Talking To Your Mind

Talking To Your Mind | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The thoughts our brain/mind produces include situations we have yet to experience, yet are fearful of, angry or worried about. We’re pretty much creatures of habit, after all, and our habits go back thousands of years. Much of our behavior is reactionary, initiated when we’re faced with situations that cause us to be fearful or angry. Our primitive brains – specifically the amygdala, take us into fight-or-flight mode in order to survive. Within seconds our brains are flooded with chemicals, our heart-rate changes, our blood rushes from our extremities to our body’s core to guard our important organs, and we’re prepared to run or stand our ground and fight the saber-toothed tiger.

 

Problem is, we’re not fighting saber-toothed tigers anymore.

 

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Richard Dawkins - Subjective Consciousness

Richard Dawkins speaks about subjective consciousness. The complete video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntp4eGrfRNs&NR=1# . See also http://www.youtube.com...
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The User Illusion: Cutting Consiousness Down to Size

The User Illusion: Cutting Consiousness Down to Size | Consciousness | Scoop.it

In his book The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size Danish science journalist Tor Norretranders presents a scientifically sound and intellectually stimulating theory of conscious experience. “The user illusion” refers to a computer users idea of how the computer works based on how they interact with it. The bits and bytes are concealed by a largely metaphorical, extremely simplified, and not necessarily accurate illusion. Norretranders central thesis is that consciousness is our user illusion of ourselves. Consciousness arises after much information has been discarded. Conscious experience is a manageable distillation, essence, of our extremely rich raw experience. The User Illusion is incredibly readable in spite of its plethora of references. Norretranders pulls from innumerable sources, most notably Gödel, Libet, and Shannon. He integrates a wide array of prior research, tying together ideas from information theory, thermodynamics, physics, psychology, and philosophy to substantiate his theory; this is indeed the strongest aspect of the book.

 

Norretranders builds his theory of consciousness on the tenants of information theory. He makes sure the reader understands the basics before he applies them to his broader claims. The take home message is the notion of information and exformation. Exformation is discarded information. Norretrander uses the example of grocery shopping, among others. At the register the prices of the individual items are summed, it is this number, the total, that we are interested in. The sum is useful to us, it tells us how much money to take out of our wallet, the individual prices are not, they are irrelevant once we obtain the total. The author then extrapolates to consciousness, explaining that a huge amount of information must be discarded along the path from unconscious to conscious experience.

 

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Dennett on magic and misdirection

Dennett on magic and misdirection | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"Dennett argues that the ‘hard problem‘ is a red herring – the whole question of how conscious first person experience arises from the biological function of the brain assumes that consciousness is a single thing that needs explaining.

 

He suggests that there isn’t a single thing that is consciousness, just a collection of mental components, but the fact we’ve named it as a single thing fools us.

 

In his article Explaining the “Magic” of Consciousness, he gives a great analogy of how the use of the word ‘the’ was used in a card trick to make it seem completely mysterious even to fellow professional magicians."

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Jon Kabot-Zinn presents Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jon Kabot-Zinn presents Wherever You Go, There You Are | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Kabat-Zinn - It's brutally simple. Not simple-minded, but brutally simple, but it's also not easy. And I want to emphasize that it's not easy. And it's not for everyone. You've got to be willing to actually be something of an athlete of your own consciousness, so to speak.

 

via Bodhi Tree BOOKSTORE

more highlights : http://diigo.com/0mqc5 

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Ian MacKenzie | We Come From The Future

Ian MacKenzie | We Come From The Future | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"Darin Drda, author of The Four Global Truths, writes:

 

Although they speak different languages, both tell the same story: the fate of life on Earth will be determined by forces beyond humanity’s control. This idea strikes me as a very dangerous one, certain to accelerate our collective journey down the road to ruin. What’s more, it doesn’t jive with the powerful and paradigm-shifting insight of 20th century physics that reality is participatory."

 

"The true definition of ‘apocalypse’ is more akin to ‘the lifting of the veil.’ What has long been hidden shall be revealed. Is it possible to understand this potential, and how to apply it, without falling victim to the aforementioned ‘isms of divine destruction, collapse, or extraterrestrial saviours?"

 

"The dark matter of our unconscious has created the human world we inhabit, including the crises that we appear unable to solve. Our old story of the Self, that we are “isolated beings in an indifferent universe” (and all it’s variations), is breaking down, because in fact, it was never objectively real in the first place. It was constructed by our level of consciousness.

 

The new consciousness struggles to be born."

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Are You Living in a Simulation?

"A common assumption in the philosophy of mind is that of substrate-independence. The idea is that mental states can supervene on any of a broad class of physical substrates. Provided a system implements the right sort of computational structures and processes, it can be associated with conscious experiences. It is not an essential property of consciousness that it is implemented on carbon-based biological neural networks inside a cranium: silicon-based processors inside a computer could in principle do the trick as well."

 

by Nick Bostrom

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How The Consciousness Shift May Be Affecting You

How The Consciousness Shift May Be Affecting You | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"This shift is being catalyzed by an increase of Divine Evolutionary Light pouring into Earth’s atmosphere. This light is the force behind all evolution throughout the universe… the process of every created thing unfolding its full divine potential and moving up the ladder of consciousness. We are currently experiencing a long, sometimes rocky transition into this higher state… a phase that may be likened to cosmic growing pains."  - via in5d.com 

 

Questions: @ddrrnt asks, "does it seem like a 'Divine Evolutionary Light' to you?  Do you feel 'cosmic growing pains' or get the sense that you're moving up a 'ladder of consciousness'"?  

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Think About This: The Agony of Emergence

Think About This: The Agony of Emergence | Consciousness | Scoop.it

One of the most underappreciated figures in the history of evolutionary spirituality is the German philosopher and linguist Jean Gebser. His masterpiece, The Ever-Present Origin (1949), outlines his unique vision of the emergence of human consciousness. Gebser tracks human history through a series of “mutations,” or structures of consciousness, from the archaic mind of our ancestors to the more contemporary stage of mental focused awareness. In one particularly evocative passage, Gebser reflects on the beginnings of this mental awareness, as represented by the myth of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom who was born from the head of Zeus. To Gebser, such powerful imagery captures the heroic struggle of human development:

 

And it would be well for us to be mindful of one actuality: although the wound in the head of Zeus healed, it was once a wound. Every “novel” thought will tear open wounds . . . everyone who is intent upon surviving—not only earth but also life—with worth and dignity, and living rather than passively accepting life, must sooner or later pass through the agonies of emergent consciousness.

 

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What is medical materialism?

The concept of "medical materialism," so well described by William James in his Varieties of Religious Experience, is just one more form of reductionism that is sometimes applied to matters of religion. For our purposes here, we will define "reductionism" as any attempt to explain the greater in terms of the lesser, that is, any attempt to explain something large and deep and complex in terms of categories drawn from something simpler and smaller and easier to understand.

 

Reductionistic explanations do appeal to some people because they make something complex seem as if it can be understood in terms of something smaller and simpler to grasp. If we want to belittle the love that exists between two people and say that it's really nothing special, we might say that their "love" is nothing more than the actions resulting from hormones acting on their brains; or that their happy marriage is nothing but a mutually selfish relationship of economic convenience for both of them. What this does is attempt to reduce (hence the term "reductionism") the significance and meaning of something by ascribing it to more trivial causes. It is trying to explain the greater in terms of the lesser.

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Pure Binaural Beats - Gamma brain waves

What Are Gamma Brain Waves? The fastest documented brainwave frequency range is that of Gamma Brain Waves -- which oscillate within the range of 40 Hz to 70 ...
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