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8 Scientists Contemplate Place of Human Consciousness in Science

8 Scientists Contemplate Place of Human Consciousness in Science | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The founders of quantum physics contemplated the philosophical implications of their findings. They were astounded that the thoughts of the observer seemed to influence the matter being observed. Principles believed to stabilize physical reality didn’t seem to apply.

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The founders of quantum physics contemplated the philosophical implications of their findings. They were astounded that the thoughts of the observer seemed to influence the matter being observed. Principles believed to stabilize physical reality didn’t seem to apply.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, August 21, 2014 1:41 AM

Good questions challenging materialism

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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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Heart in your Hand? Neuroscientists discover a new illusion of consciousness

Heart in your Hand? Neuroscientists discover a new illusion of consciousness | Consciousness | Scoop.it

A new study by Dr. Keisuke Suzuki, Professor Anil Seth, and colleagues at the Sackler Centre – published in the journalNeuropsychologia - now shows that external visualization of one’s heartbeat can influence what we experience as our own body.

 

The team used a unique combination of heartbeat monitoring and augmented reality to implement a ‘cardio-visual’ version of the rubber hand illusion. Participants wore a ‘head mounted display’ through which they saw a virtual-reality version of their own hand projected in front of them, while their real hand remained hidden out of view.  The virtual hand was made to pulse to red and back either in-time or out-of-time with their heartbeat.

 

The researchers found that the virtual hand was more likely to be experienced as part of a person’s body when the ‘cardio-visual’ feedback was aligned with the actual heartbeat, than when it was misaligned. This shows that the brain integrates its perception of the body from the outside with its perception from the inside, in determining what is experienced as its body.

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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, September 7, 2013 3:57 PM

The use of new technologies to address old questions highlights the innovative approach to consciousness science adopted by Sackler Centre researchers, and future projects will use similar augmented reality methods to further push the boundaries of how we experience ourselves and the world around us.

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The Heart Has Its Own “Brain” and Consciousness

The Heart Has Its Own “Brain” and Consciousness | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The heart generates a continuous series of electromagnetic pulses in which the time interval between each beat varies in a dynamic and complex manner. The heart’s ever-present rhythmic field has a powerful influence on processes throughout the body. We have demonstrated, for example, that brain rhythms naturally synchronize to the heart’s rhythmic activity, and also that during sustained feelings of love or appreciation, the blood pressure and respiratory rhythms, among other oscillatory systems, entrain to the heart’s rhythm.

 

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