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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In the last 400 years physics has achieved great success, in theory and experimentation, determining the structure of matter and energy. The next great step in the evolution of science will be exploring the role of mind and consciousness in the universe, employing mathematics and fundamental theoretical constructs to yield specific predictions. Based on recent findings in biological autonomy, we propose to approach consciousness from the key aspect of decision-making. 


Via Alessandro Cerboni, Philippe Vallat
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Physics, spirituality and timeless life skills seem to be increasingly coming together. There should be mystery left for a while though!

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 7, 11:22 AM

Some quotes:

  • if biological decision-making occurs through the quantum-vacuum and the Universe as a whole can be regarded as conscious or equivalently living, then decision-making can also occur through the autonomy of a living Universe.
  • At present, it is generally conceded that we do not know how our minds interact with our bodies.
  • the phenomenon of intuition seems to be related to cellular and universal consciousness as basic ingredients of organismal mind
  • living organisms, including the human, are first of all
    systems of consciousness capable of making decisions.


Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 7, 11:24 AM

Some quotes:

  • if biological decision-making occurs through the quantum-vacuum and the Universe as a whole can be regarded as conscious or equivalently living, then decision-making can also occur through the autonomy of a living Universe.
  • At present, it is generally conceded that we do not know how our minds interact with our bodies.
  • the phenomenon of intuition seems to be related to cellular and universal consciousness as basic ingredients of organismal mind
  • living organisms, including the human, are first of all
  • systems of consciousness capable of making decisions.


Eli Levine's curator insight, May 7, 3:45 PM

We are all one with the universe, regardless of our superficial or substantive differences.

 

A shame that this universe could raise so many people who are so incapable of living within it for a very long time.  Then again, isn't that what evolution works out over time?

We're a very young species and if we don't die off in the meantime, we will be stronger than before, especially if we identify, isolate and care for those who are not really fit for living, in spite of being otherwise functional, thanks to their brains and behaviors that prove to be dangerous to themselves and dangerous to others in the long and short terms.

 

It's time we take our mental health seriously, because we are all human and are all working with a second hand perspective of the world.  Some people's views are more accurate and helpful than others.

 

Think about it. 

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Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds

Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Twenty-year research project shows that most critical aspect of cortex development in late teens was stimulation aged four...


Via Evdokia Roka, Luciana Viter
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The Brain’s Ability to Look Within: A Secret to Well-Being

The Brain’s Ability to Look Within: A Secret to Well-Being | Positive futures | Scoop.it

In a collaboration with professors Zindel Segal and Adam Anderson at the University of Toronto, the study compared exteroceptive (externally focused) attention to interoceptive (internally focused) attention in the brain. Participants were instructed to either focus on the sensation of their breath (interoceptive attention) or to focus their attention on words on a screen (exteroceptive attention).  Contrary to the conventional assumption that all attention relies upon the frontal lobe of the brain, the researchers found that this was true of only exteroceptive attention; interoceptive attention used evolutionarily older parts of the brain more associated with sensation and integration of physical experience.
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These findings have important implications for emotional well-being. States of mind such as anxiety, depression, and anger often engage the prefrontal cortex. “I can’t shut my mind off” -- a statement most of us can relate to in times of stress. Have you ever tried to talk yourself out of such a state of high stress and failed? Trying to talk ourselves out of being less anxious or angry is often a futile exercise. The mind quite simply has a hard time telling itself what to do.

 

Dan Wagner of Harvard University describes this as an "ironic process" When we attempt to resist a certain thought or action (e.g. trying not to eat junk food when you're on a diet, or trying not to think of someone you just broke up with) the effort can easily backfire under stress. In the realm of the mind, what we resist persists. Sadly, some people end up turning to alcohol and drugs as a last resort to quiet their mind. 

 

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Via Dimitris Tsantaris, Luciana Viter
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Everyone should read this.  One in four of us will suffer from depression. RIP Phil Blight!

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