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Neuroscience: Idle minds

Neuroscience: Idle minds | soul rebels |

Neuroscientists are trying to work out why the brain does so much when it seems to be doing nothing at all.


“Connections between neurons turn over in minutes, hours, days and weeks,” says Raichle. “The structure of the brain will be different tomorrow but we will still remember who we are.”

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What is Heart Intelligence?

What is Heart Intelligence? | soul rebels |

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 | soul rebels |

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 6:08 AM
This rocks
gregorylent's comment, August 3, 2012 9:55 AM
yet still, rooted in phrenology 2.0, thinking meat makes consciousness ... tell me mr. eagleman, what is the magic that drives the brain?