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Inhaltsverzeichnis (verbergen)

  1. 1. Neurowissenschaft ⇔ Bewusstsein
  2. 2. Vier Gehirnwellenbereiche
  3. 3. Vier Gehirne – Korrelationen
  4. 4. Funktionsebenen des Gehirns – Übersicht
  5. 5. Neurobiologischer Gottesnachweis
  6. 6. Acht Schaltkreise des Gehirns – Timothy Leary
  7. 7. Vielfache Ichs
  8. 8. Zitate zum Thema Neurowissenschaft / Neuro science
    1. 8.1 Zitate allgemein
    2. 8.2 Zitate von David R. Hawkins
    3. 8.3 Zitate – Neuroplastizität
    4. 8.4 General quotes
    5. 8.5 Quotes by David R. Hawkins
    6. 8.6 Quotes by Iain McGilchrist et al. – Right / left brain dichotomy
    7. 8.7 Quotes on Internet pornography
  9. 9. Englische Texte – English section on Neuro science / Neurowissenschaft
    1. 9.1 Five types of brain waves
    2. 9.2 Four basic brains and the ethical brain
    3. 9.3 Revised insights on the human brain
    4. 9.4 Culture impairing left/right brain conflict – Iain McGilchrist
    5. 9.5 Correlating the right hemisphere with the left hemisphere
    6. 9.6 Brain lateralization resulting in 2,500 years of split Western culture – Iain McGilchrist
    7. 9.7 Intention Experiment (2008) – Lynne McTaggart
    8. 9.8 Brain dangers and brain hygiene – Daniel Amen
    9. 9.9 Facts on male and female brains
    10. 9.10 Joy hormones – Brain chemicals inducing happiness
    11. 9.11 Pain relief ♦ Reward ♦ Joy ♦ Love
    12. 9.12 Right brain/left brain dichotomy – Leonhard Shlain
    13. 9.13 Comparative neuropolitics stress / brain study results – conservatives and liberals
    14. 9.14 Healing individual trauma and transforming culture and society – Peter Levine
    15. 9.15 Nine integrative functions of the middle prefrontal cortex – Daniel Siegel
    16. 9.16 Eight principles of neurodiversity
    17. 9.17 Brain study on habitual liars
  10. 10. Links (engl.) zum Thema Neurowissenschaft / Neuro science
    1. 10.1 Literatur
    2. 10.2 Literature (engl.)
    3. 10.3 Externe Weblinks
    4. 10.4 External web links (engl.)
    5. 10.5 Audio- und Videolinks
    6. 10.6 Braincast-Audiolinks – Hirnfunk, Arvid Leyh
    7. 10.7 Audio and video links (engl.)
    8. 10.8 Audio and video links (engl.) – Daniel Amen
    9. 10.9 Audio and video links (engl.) – Louann Brizendine
    10. 10.10 Audio and video links (engl.) – Richard Davidson and Dan Rather
    11. 10.11 Audio and video links (engl.) – Helen Fisher
    12. 10.12 Audio and video links (engl.) – Lee Gerdes
    13. 10.13 Audio and video links (engl.) – Bede Griffiths
    14. 10.14 Audio and video links (engl.) – Rick Hanson
    15. 10.15 Audio and video links (engl.) – Caroline Leaf
    16. 10.16 Audio and video links (engl.) – Gabor Maté
    17. 10.17 Audio and video links (engl.) – Iain McGilchrist
    18. 10.18 Audio and video links (engl.) – Andrew Newberg
    19. 10.19 Audio and video links (engl.) – Daniel Pink
    20. 10.20 Audio and video links (engl.) – Daniel Siegel
    21. 10.21 Audio and video links (engl.) – Leonard Shlain
    22. 10.22 Audio and video links (engl.) – Jill Bolte Taylor
    23. 10.23 Audio and video links (engl.) – Russell Targ
    24. 10.24 Audio and video links (engl.) – Gary Wilson
    25. 10.25 Movies and documentaries
    26. 10.26 Audio and video links (engl.) – Humorous ♦ Play
    27. 10.27 Interne Links

 

Chrystal mind, Computer art

 

 

Das Gehirn ist nicht eine Hardware, die mit dem Geist als Software ausgerüstet ist, sondern beides spielt auf eine untrennbare und sehr komplizierte Weise zusammen. Richard David Precht (*1964) deutscher Philosoph, Dozent, Fernsehmoderator, Publizist, Wer bin ich. Und wenn ja, wieviele? Eine philosophische Reise, S. 57, Goldmann Verlag, 24. Auflage September 2007

 

 

We need both these processes [of each brain hemisphere]. We need division and we need union, but those two need also to be unified. Video lecture entitled Our Mind at War by Iain McGilchrist, M.D., British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Divided Brain, YouTube film, 52:07 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2012

 

 

The left hemisphere is always engaged in a purpose: it always has an end in view, and downgrades whatever has no instrumental purpose in sight. The right hemisphere, by contrast, has no designs on anything. It is vigilant for whatever is, a relationship of concern or care with whatever happens to be. Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, pg. 174, Yale University Press Publication, November 2009

 

Hebb's Law:
Neurons that fire together wire together.
Donald O. Hebb (1904-1985)
Canadian psychologist

 


 

Neurowissenschaft ⇔ Bewusstsein


Eisberg, Fotomontage

 

In seinem beachteten Aufsatz "Was macht das Bewusstsein zu einem Rätsel?", präsentiert von der deutschen Monatszeitschrift Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Verlag Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Heidelberg, Seite 48, Oktober 1992, argumentiert der Schweizer Philosoph und Bioethiker Peter Bieri (*1944) gegen die Idee, dass Neurowissenschaftler das Phänomen Bewusstsein erklärt hätten. Die zunehmende Kenntnis von neuronalen Korrelaten des Bewusstseins, gewährt keinen Einblick, inwiefern das Bewusstsein diese Abläufe steuert oder begleitet.

 

Vier Gehirnwellenbereiche

༺༻Gehirn-
wellen-
bereich
Frequenz-
bereich

Zwischen...
Beschreibung
Stichworte
Bildlink (engl.)
Biomed Researches
AlterReifestufe
1.Beta14-30 Hzβ-Oszillationen sind bei etwa 8% aller Menschen eine normale EEG-Variante.
Konzentration, Erregung, Flinkheit, Erkenntnisvermögen, Besorgnis (höhere Frequenzstufen), Unruhe, Gefühl der Getrenntheit, Kampf- oder Fluchtverhalten
betawave.png

Dominant in the normal awake condition
14-20 Jahre

20 Jahre-
~60 Jahre
Jugendlicher

Erwachsener
2.Alpha8-13.9 Hz Leichte Entspannung / Trance, entspannte Wachheit und Konzentration, emergente Eigenschaft, Superlearning, erhöhter Serontoninausstoß, Einschlafphase, Benommenheit vor dem Aufwachen, Meditation, Öffnung für den Zugang zu Inhalten des Unbewusstenalphawave.png

Relaxed awake condition, e.g. in a meditation or briefly before falling asleep and/or immediately after awaking
5 Jahre
-15 Jahre

60+Jahre
Kind

Jung-alter Mensch
3.Theta4-7.9 Hz Traum-Schlaf (REM-Phase-Schlaf), erhöhte Produktion von Katecholaminen (wesentlich für das Lernen und Gedächtnisleistungen), erhöhte Kreativität, integrativ, gefühlsmäßige Erfahrungen, potentielle Verhaltensänderung, erhöhte Merkfähigkeit für Erlerntes, hypnagogisches Bilderleben, Trancezustand, tiefe Meditation, Zugang zu Inhalten des Unbewusstenthetawave.png

Characteristic for the dream sleep
18 Monate
-5 Jahre
Kleinkind
4.Delta0.1
-3.9 Hz
Traumloser Schlaf, freigesetzte menschliche Wachstumshormone, tiefer tranceähnlicher nichtkörperlicher Zustand, Verlust des Körperbewusstseins, Zugang zu Inhalten des Unbewussten und dem "kollektiven Unbewussten"deltawave.png

Characteristic for dreamless deep sleep and koma conditions
18 MonateSäugling
Referenz: de.Wikipedia-Eintrag Gehirnwellenbereiche
Reference: ► Artikel Epilepsy Awareness Program – Electrical Activity of the Brain, präsentiert von biomedresearches, 2006-2014

 

Die EEGs von Kindern sind ganz anders als die von Erwachsenen!
Kinder bis 5 Jahre zeigen fast keine (!) Betawellenaktivität. Säuglinge (bis 18 Monate) zeigen dominierende Delta-Zustände, die langsam durch höhere Amplituden gekennzeichnet sind. Kleinkinder (18 Monate bis 5 Jahre) sind Thetawellen-dominiert. Kinder ab fünf Jahren bis ungefähr 15 Jahren sind Alphawellen-dominiert. Die Thetawellenanteile gehen langsam zurück. Betawellen erscheinen erst nach und nach mit dem Großwerden. Das "normale Erwachsenen-EEG" mit hohen Beta-Anteilen bildet sich erst im Alter von etwa 14 bis 20 Jahren heraus. Später, wenn wir alt geworden sind [60 Jahre aufwärts], beruhigen sich die Hirnwellen wieder und gehen wieder in den Alpha-Bereich zurück. Prof. Dr. Gunter Dueck (*1951) deutscher Professor für Mathematik, Dozent, weltanschaulich-philosophischer Sachbuchautor, Topothesie. Der Mensch in artgerechter Haltung Springer, Kapitel 3, S. 46, 1. Auflage 27. September 2004

Vier Gehirne – Korrelationen

Der US-amerikanische Hirnforscher Paul D. MacLean, M.D. (1913-2007) entwickelte die Theorie des Triune Brain [Theorie des dreieinigen Gehirns], wonach das menschliche Gehirn aus drei Teilen besteht:
    1. Reptilienhirn,
    2. dem frühen Säugetierhirn und
    3. dem Primatenhirn (Großhirnrinde).
Auf der Grundlage eines primitiven "Reptiliengehirns" bildete sich das Gehirn entsprechend seiner phylo- und ontogenetischen Entwicklung schichtweise weiter.
Die moderne Hirnforschung unterscheidet zwischen vier Gehirnen:
    Hirnstamm, Kleinhirn, Zwischenhirn und Großhirn.

 

Eigenschaften der vier Gehirne
༺༻GehirnElement
Fokus
DimensionThematikPsycheGehirn-
wellen
MetapherVerteilungTabu
1.Reptilien-
gehirn

Hirnstamm
Feuer
Körper
LängeÜberleben, Sicherheit, Selbsterhaltung und VermehrungUnbewusstesDeltaElefant
Leib
95-99%
Id
Sabotierende geteilte Programme
Tabu-
erzeugung

Angst und Gier getrieben
2.Limbisches System
Fruchtbares Säugetiergehirn
Hippocampus, Hypothalamus, Amygdala
Wasser
Emotionen
BreiteNähren, Fürsorge, Bindung, Status, SpielUnter-
bewusstsein
ThetaElefant
Steuer-
zentrum
95-99% Ego
Sabotierende geteilte Programme
Tabu-
erzeugung

Angst und Gier getrieben
3.Neokortex
Neues Säugetiergehirn
"Monkey mind"
Luft
Denken
HöheRationales Verständnis und VorausschauTages-
bewusstsein

Der Mensch weiß das wenige, das er weiß.
BetaReiter des Elefanten
Dirigent
1-5% Selbst
Stumm, ungeordnet, widersprüchlich
Einhaltung,
Aufrecht-
erhaltung
von Tabus
4.Präfrontaler Cortex
Frontallappen
Erde
Geist
Zeit
Wandel
"Exekutives Zentrum", auf umfassendere (Ego übersteigende) Einsätze und Ziele ausgerichtetÜber-
bewusstsein
Alpha./.1-5% SELBST
Ausgedrückt, fokussiert
Auflösung von Tabus

 

Unbewusst ♦ Tagesbewusst ♦ Geistbewusst
BewusstseinSchwelleAnalogieBemerkung
UnbewusstLinear
Unterhalb der Wahrnehmungsschwelle
ElefantUnbewusstes (Gehirn 1) verbunden mit dem
Unterbewusstsein (Gehirn 2)
TagesbewusstLinear
Oberhalb der Wahrnehmungsschwelle
Reiter
des
Elefanten
Der Verstand (Gehirn 3) reitet auf dem Elefanten.
Meister der Rationalisierung und Selbsttäuschung.
Immer wenn der Elefant auf irrational ausschert, erfindet der Neocortex, eine Erklärung dafür. Es sieht sich als Akteur, der den Elefanten kontrolliert. [*]
GeistbewusstNichtlinear
Oberhalb der Integritätsschwelle
./.Überbewusstsein (Gehirn 4)
emergiert unter günstigen Bedingungen
[*] Denn das Fleisch begehrt auf gegen den Geist und der Geist gegen das Fleisch; die sind gegeneinander, so dass ihr
nicht tut, was ihr wollt. Regiert euch aber der Geist, so seid ihr nicht unter dem Gesetz.
Paulus, Galaterbrief 5, 17-18 (NT)

 

Quellen (engl.) zum Elefant-Reiter-Gleichnis vorgestellt von Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D. (*1963) US-amerikanischer Professor für Sozial-, Kultur- Moralpsychologie und ethisches Führungswissen, New York University Stern School of Business, Autor
Buch: ► Die Glückshypothese. Was uns wirklich glücklich macht (The Happiness Hypothesis. Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom), Vak-Verlag, 3. Auflage November 2011
Audiointerview: ► Happiness Hypothesis [Die Glückshypothese] MP3, präsentiert von Charlottesville Podcasting Network, Radio Shows WNRN, Wake-Up Call, Gastgeber Pete Ronayne, 56:10 Minuten Dauer, Minute 12-16, Sendetermin 25. Juni 2006
Siehe auch: ► Vier Gehirne – Erzeugung, Einhaltung und Auflösung von Tabus und ► Vier Gehirnwellenbereiche


Eisbergmodell
Grafik von Ruch / Zimbardo, 1974

Funktionsebenen des Gehirns – Übersicht


Hirnfunktionen: Gamma ♦ Alpha ♦ Beta ♦ Theta ♦ Delta
Gehirn-
wellen

Hertz-Rate
GehirnbereichBewusstseins-
ebene
Bewusstseins-
zustand
Legende
Gamma
Über 30 Hz
'Ätherisches Gehirn'
Bestandteil der Matrix
Transzendenter ZustandIntegrationSehr schnelle Wellen, treten bei hoher Konzentration auf, synchronisieren die linke und die rechte Gehirnhälfte – bisher wenig erforscht
Alpha
7,5-12,5 Hz
Präfrontaler Cortex
Frontallappen
Überbewusstsein
Oberhalb der Integrationsschwelle
RuhezustandEntspannt, passiv, periphere Wahrnehmung, tritt auf während Meditation oder vor dem Einschlafen auf, wohliges Gefühl, ''Flow"-Erfahrung
Beta
12,5-30 Hz
Neocortex
Neues Säugetiergehirn
Tagesbewusstsein
Oberhalb der Wahrnehmungsschwelle
WachzustandAugenmerk auf die Außenwelt gerichtet, Aufmerksamkeit, Wachsein, Konzentration, Kognition, Besorgnis, Ängste, diverse andere Stressformen
Theta
3,5-7,5 Hz
Limbisches System
Fruchtbares Säugetiergehirn
Unterbewusstsein
Unterhalb der Wahrnehmungsschwelle
Schläfrigkeit, TraumschlafDämmerzustand zwischen Wachen und Schlafen, unpräzise, traumartige mentale Bilder, Zugang zu unbewussten Inhalten, Tagträumen, freien Assoziationen, verborgenem Wissen, kreativen Ideen
Delta
0,5-3,5 Hz
Reptiliengehirn
Hirnstamm
Unbewusstes
Unterhalb der Wahrnehmungsschwelle
Traumloser Tiefschlaf, KomaÜberleben, Sicherheit, Selbsterhaltung, Vermehrung
Referenz: ► Dr. Matthias Jacobi, Hirnwellen (und was sie bedeuten...), Hirnwellen-und-Bewusstsein.de
See also: ► Seven primary affective systems – Jaak Panksepp

Neurobiologischer Gottesnachweis

Eine Studie an der Universität von Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Vereinigte Staaten, unter Leitung des Radiologen Dr. Andrew Newberg ergab, dass in den Momenten tiefster religiöser Meditation im Scheitellappen das so genannte "Orientierungs-Assoziations-Areal" (OAA) stillgelegt wird. Es hat die Aufgabe, dem Menschen jederzeit klar zu machen, wo sein Körper endet und die Außenwelt anfängt. Die Forscher hatten die Hirntätigkeit von meditierenden buddhistischen Mönchen und betenden katholischen Nonnen radiologisch untersucht. Der linke Teil dieses Hirnareals vermittelt das Gefühl für die physischen Grenzen des Körpers. Der rechte Teil verarbeitet hingegen Informationen über Zeit und Raum. Auch dieser Bezug verschwand bei den Mönchen und Nonnen als Folge fehlender Anregung des OAA-Bereichs. Daraus resultiert ein Gefühl der Ewigkeit und Endlosigkeit, das von Betenden und Meditierenden als völlig real empfunden wird. Das Phänomen der Einswerdung mit dem All nennen Neurotheologen "Deafferentation". Vergleicht man die SPECT-Bilder, die Newberg von acht Franziskanerinnen anfertigte, mit den Aufnahmen der meditierenden Buddhisten, zeigt sich ein deutlicher Unterschied. Durch das Wiederholen christlicher Verse stieg bei den Nonnen die Hirnaktivität vor allem im Sprachzentren. Im Moment des "Verschmelzens mit Gott" ging auch in ihrem Orientierungsareal das Licht aus.

 

Quelle: ► Arbeitsblaetter.Stangl-Taller.at Hirnforscher sind auf der Suche nach Gott,
Magazin für Hirnforschung und Psychologie Gehirn und Geist, Spektrum akademischer Verlag, Nr. 2/2002

 

  • Aus der auffälligen Inaktivierung des OAA, die während der Meditation zu beobachten ist, hat Dr. Andrew Newberg den Schluss gezogen, dass im Moment höchster religiöser Versenkung die Grenze zwischen Ich und Welt verschwindet und der natürliche Bezug zu Raum und Zeit verloren geht. Damit scheint die neuronale Basis für jene inneren Erlebnisse identifiziert, von denen die Mystiker unterschiedlichster religiöser Traditionen berichten: ozeanische Gefühle der Versenkung, Entgrenzung und Aufhebung des Ichs und des eigenen Körpers, Erfahrungen der Einheit mit einer größeren, umfassenden Wirklichkeit. Alle diese Erlebnisse erscheinen nun verständlich und erklärbar als Resultat einer durch Meditation selbst induzierten Deaktivierung des Orientierungsfeldes im posterioren superioren Parietallappens. Der Beweis scheint erbracht, dass es sich bei mystischen Erlebnissen nicht um Halluzinationen, sondern um biologisch nachweisbare Tatsachen handelt.

 

Quelle: ► Gott im Gehirn, Thomas M. Schmidt, HSK Wiesbaden Abt. Neurochirurgie

Acht Schaltkreise des Gehirns – Timothy Leary

Die ersten vier "klassisch"-konservativen Schaltkreise des Gehirns existieren seit Beginn der Evolution
und sind bei allen Menschen (ausgenommen bei verwilderten Kindern) vorhanden.
SchaltkreisKlassischer SchaltkreisBeschreibung
1.Oraler Bio-Überlebens-Schaltkreis Er wird von der Mutter oder Mutterersatz geprägt und später durch Ernährung oder Bedrohung […] konditioniert. Hier geht es vorrangig um Stillen, Füttern, Schmusen, Körpersicherheit. Er vermeidet automatisch alles, was ihm gefährlich oder bedrohlich erscheint, oder alles, was (durch Prägung oder Konditionierung) mit gefährlich oder bedrohlich assoziert wird.
2.Analer gefühls-territorialer Schaltkreis Er wird in der Krabbelgruppe geprägt, als dann, wenn der Säugling anfängt, sich aufzurichten, herumzulaufen und innerhalb der Familie Machtansprüche durchzusetzen. Solche, meist säugetierischen Schaltkreisprogramme vermitteln territoriale Spielregeln, emotionale Tricks, Hackordnung und Herrschafts- bzw. Unterwerfungsrituale.
3.Zeit-bindender oder zeit-überbrückender semantischer Schaltkreis Er wird von menschlichen Artefakten und Symbolsystemen geprägt und konditioniert. Er handhabt und "ordnet" seine Umgebung und klassifiziert alle Eindrücke nach dem lokalen Realitätstunnel. Seine Funktion besteht in Erfindungen, Entdeckungen, Berechnungen, Vorhersagen und Übermittlung von Signalen über Generationen weg.
4."Moralischer"
sozio-sexueller Schaltkreis
Dieser Schaltkreis wird von den ersten Orgasmus- oder Paarungserfahrungen in der Pubertät geprägt und von den jeweils herrschenden Stammestabus konditioniert. Er beherrscht die sexuelle Lust, die lokalen Definitionen von "richtig" und "falsch", die Fortpflanzung, die Persönlichkeit des Erwachsenen oder Elternteils (Geschlechtsrolle), sowie die Ernährung der Jungen.
Die zweite Gruppe der futuristischen Schaltkreise des Gehirns ist jüngeren Datums
und aktuell nur in einem kleinen Bevölkerungsanteil verankert.
SchaltkreisFuturistischer SchaltkreisBeschreibung
5.Ganzheitlicher neurosomatischer Schaltkreis Er wird von ekstatischen Erfahrungen geprägt, beispielsweise biologische oder chemische Yoga-Praktiken. Er kontrolliert das neurosomatische (Geist-Körper-)Feedback, somatisch-sinnliche Verzückung, das Gefühl, "high" zu sein, "Gesundbeterei" usw. Die christliche Wissenschaft und die ganzheitliche Medizin bedienen sich bestimmter Tricks, mit denen sie diesen Schaltkreis wenigstens vorübergehend ankurbeln, während das Tantra-Yoga versucht, das Bewusstsein völlig in diesen Schaltkreis zu verlagern.
6.Kollektiver neurogenetischer Schaltkreis Er wird durch fortgeschrittene Yoga-Praktiken (biochemische elektrische Spannung) geprägt, beherrscht das System des DNS-RND-Feedbacks im Gehirn und ist "kollektiv" (umfasst das ganze evolutionäre "Drehbuch" der Vergangenheit und Zukunft und ist jederzeit anzuzapfen). Erfahrungen mit diesem Schaltkreis gelten als "ehrfurchtsgebietend", "mystisch" und erschütternd. Hier sind die Archetypen von Carl Gustav Jungs kollektivem Unbewussten zu Hause: Götter und Göttinen, Dämonen, behaarte Zwerge und andere Personifikationen der DNS-Programme, die uns beherrschen.
7.Metaprogrammierender Schaltkreis Er wird von sehr fortgeschrittenen Yoga-Praktiken geprägt und besteht, wie wir heute sagen würden, aus einem kybernetischen Bewusstsein, das sämtliche vorangegangenen Schaltkreise neu programmieren und neu prägen, ja, sich selbst reprogrammieren kann und eine bewusste Entscheidung zwischen alternativen Universen oder Realitätstunneln ermöglicht.
8.Nicht-örtlicher
Quanten-Schaltkreis
Er wird durch Schock, Erfahrungen am Rande des Todes oder gar dem Zustand des klinischen Todes, Astralkörperreisen, Wahrnehmungen jenseits von Zeit ("Hellsehen") und Visionen jenseits von Raum (ASW) usw. geprägt. Er stimmt das Gehirn auf das nicht-örtliche Quantenkommunikations-System ein, das von den Physikern Bohm, Walker, Sarfatti, Bell und anderen beschrieben wurde.
Referenz: de.Wikipedia-Eintrag Timothy Leary
Quelle: ► Robert Anton Wilson rawilsonfans.com (1932-2007) US-amerikanischer Philosoph, Anarchist, agnostischer Mystiker, Erfolgsautor, Der neue Prometheus, Kapitel 2, Hardware und Software: Das Gehirn und seine Programme,
Hugendubel, 1983, Neuauflage August 2003

Vielfache Ichs

Auf der Suche nach der menschlichen Persönlichkeit haben Neurowissenschaftler bislang acht verschiedene "Ichs" aufgespürt, die in acht verschiedenen Regionen des Gehirns lokalisiert werden können. Der Bremer Hirnforscher Dr. Gerhard Roth fasst die Liste der physikalisch verortbaren Ichs so zusammen:
༺༻Ich-TypBewegungBeschreibung
1.Körper-IchGefühlDas, in dem ich drinstecke, ist mein Körper
2.Verortungs-IchBewusstseinIch befinde mich gerade an diesem Ort, nicht woanders und auch nicht an zwei verschiedenen Orten
3.Perspektivische IchEindruckIch bin der Mittelpunkt der von mir erfahrbaren Welt
4.Ich als Erlebnis-SubjektGefühlIch habe diese Wahrnehmungen, Ideen, Gefühle, nicht etwa ein anderer
5.Autorschafts- und Kontroll-IchGefühlIch bin Verursacher und Kontrolleur meiner Gedanken und Handlungen
6.Autobiografisches IchÜberzeugungIch bin heute derjenige, der ich gestern war, und erlebe gefühlsmäßige Kontinuität
7.Selbst-reflexives IchMöglichkeitIch denke über mich selbst nach
8.Ethisches IchGewissen'Mein Gewissen' gibt mir an, was ich zu tun oder zu lassen habe.

 

Damit sich das ethische Ich entwickeln kann, muss der präfrontale Kortex entsprechend ausgebildet sein.

 

༺༻Ich-PerspektiveBeschreibung
1.IchAusgedrückt durch Empfindungen / Emotionen/Gefühle / Gedanken
2.IchAusgedrückt als Persönlichkeit innerhalb des Gemeinwesens
3.Ich-Perspektive der WillensäußerungAusgedrückt als Entscheidender
4.Häufigste Ich-PerspektiveAusgedrückt als Erlebender / Handelnder
5.Seltenere Ich-PerspektiveAusgedrückt als Beobachter/Zeuge
Quelle: ► [Übertragene Zusammenfassung]: Dr. David R. Hawkins,
Seminar Handling Spiritual Challenges, Cottonwood, Arizona, 24. April 2010

 

Hinweis betreffend des Kontroll-Ichs

"Ich definiere den freien Willen als ablaufende Handlungen, von denen das Gehirn weiß, dass ihre Ausführung unmittelbar bevorsteht. […] Der freie Wille ist zu wissen, was du tun wirst. Nur das. Nicht notwendigerweise, es willentlich herbeizuführen. Leider. […] das Gefühl, dass du derjenige bist, der sich so verhält, ist eine verstandesmässige Rechtfertigung. Nicht du bist der Akteur, es sind viele Zellen, die entscheiden, das zu tun." Videointerview mit Rodolfo Llinás (*1934) kolumbianisch-US-amerikanischer Professor der Neurowissenschaft, medizinische Fakultät der Universität von New York, Enter the "i of the vortex", engl. Transkript PDF, präsentiert von The Science Network (TSN), The Science Studio, Gastgeber Roger Bingham, Minute 33, 1:12:00 Dauer, Sendetermin 17. April 2007

Anmerkung: Es sind nicht "die vielen Zellen, die entscheiden. Entscheidung ist ein Feldeffekt der vorhandenen Bewusstseinsebene.

Die wesentlichen Fissuren und Gehirnlappen des Großhirns, Seitenansicht
Figur 728, Gray's Anatomy, human anatomy textbook, Churchill-Livingstone, Elsevier, 40th edition 2008


Zitate zum Thema Neurowissenschaft / Neuro science

Zitate allgemein

Schlussfolgerung

  • Wissenschaftlich gesehen wären die wichtigsten Schulfächer Musik, Sport, Theaterspielen, Kunst und Handarbeiten. Interview mit Prof. Dr. Manfred Spitzer (*1958) deutscher Professor für Psychiatrie und Neurodidaktik, Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik, Ulm, Psychologe, Autor, präsentiert von dem österreichischen Nachrichtenmagazin profil, S. 90, Heft 20, 14. Mai 2012
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Hinweis auf Minute 12:12:

In sehr seltenen Fällen bewirken große Ideen nach sehr langer Zeit des Meditierens oder des Betens eine Assymetrie des Thalamus.

  • Gott wird Ihr Gehirn [Ihr Leben und möglicherweise die Welt] verändern. Weshalb? Weil Gott ein großer Gedanke ist und womöglich der zweitgrößte Gedanke in der Welt. Eine wirklich große Idee wird in einigen der wichtigsten Bereiche Ihres Gehirns Dendriten wachsen lassen. Große Ideen wie Frieden, Mitgefühl oder Liebe. [...] Gott ist ein großer Gedanke und ist gut für Ihr Gehirn, allerdings nur dann, wenn Ihr Gottesbild positiv ist. Videopräsentation von Mark Robert Waldman, US-amerikanischer Hirnforscher, Psychotherapeut, Center for Spirituality and the Mind, Universität von Pennsylvania, Autor, How God Changes the Brain [Wie Gott Ihr Gehirn verändert], präsentiert von TEDxConejo Talk, 27. März 2010, YouTube Flim, Minute 0:33 und Minute 7:09, 19:18 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 19. April 2010

 

 

  • Je ernster man in die Fragestellung eindringt, desto deutlicher wird, dass man es mit dem grundlegenden Problem des Verhältnisses von Leib und Seele zu tun hat, anders ausgedrückt, mit der Frage nach Wesen und Bestimmung des Bewusstseins überhaupt. Ist der Geist eine Chimäre der Neurophysiologie? Oder sind Gehirn und Sinnesorgane gar nicht Hervorbringer, sondern nur Instrumente des Bewusstseins? Calvert Roszell, Erlebnisse an der Todesschwelle, S. 19, Stuttgart 1993

 

  • Neurobiologisch gesehen gibt es keinen Raum für Freiheit. Das, was wir als freie Entscheidung erfahren, ist nichts als eine nachträgliche Begründung von Zustandsveränderungen, die ohnehin erfolgt wären. Dr. Wolf Singer brain.mpg.de (*1943) deutscher Professor für Neurophysiologie, Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Hirnforschung, Frankfurt am Main, Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Unsere Gedanken, unser Wille, Bewusstsein und Empfindungen weisen Eigenschaften auf, die als Merkmale des Geistigen bezeichnet werden können. Geistiges lässt keine direkte Wechselwirkung mit den bekannten naturwissenschaftlichen Grundkräften – wie Gravitation, elektromagnetischen Kräften etc. – erkennen. Auf der anderen Seite aber entsprechen diese Eigenschaften des Geistigen haargenau denjenigen Charakteristika, die die äußerst rätselhaften und wunderlichen Erscheinungen der Quantenwelt auszeichnen. Dr. Christian Hellweg, deutscher Physiker, Mediziner, Hirnforscher, Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie in Göttingen; zitiert in: Dr. Rolf Froböse, Die geheime Physik des Zufalls. Quantenphänomene und Schicksal, Verlag BoD Norderstedt, 2008

 

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Das weibliche Gehirn ist im Ruhezustand zu 90% aktiv.

 

  • Linke Gehirnhälfte........................Rechte Gehirnhälfte
    Rechte Körperseite..........................Linke Körperseite
    Mathematik......................................Kreativität
    Verbale Äußerungen........................Künstlerische Anlagen
    Logik................................................Visuelle Wahrnehmungen
    Fakten..............................................Intuition
    Deduktionen.....................................Ideen
    Analysen..........................................Vorstellungsvermögen
    Praktisches......................................Holistisches Denken
    Ordnung...........................................Liedmelodien
    Liedtexte...........................................Wahrnehmung des "Großen Ganzen"
    Geradliniges Denken.......................Räumliche Wahrnehmung
    Detailwahr-......................................Gleichzeitige Bearbeitung
    nehmung..........................................mehrerer Vorgänge
    Allan und Barbara Pease, australisches Erfolgsautorenpaar, Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken. Ganz natürliche Erklärungen für eigentlich unerklärliche Schwächen, S. 87, Ullstein Verlag, Juli 2000, 15. Auflage 2002

 

  • Es ist noch nicht bekannt, wo genau sich der Sitz der Liebe im Gehirn befindet, doch Untersuchungen deuten darauf hin, dass das weibliche Gehirn über ein ganzes Netz an Verbindungen zwischen Liebeszentrum und Sexzentrum (Hypothalamus) verfügt, und dass das Liebeszentrum aktiviert sein muss, bevor das Sexzentrum eingeschaltet werden kann. Bei Männern scheint es keine derartigen Verbindungen zu geben, deswegen können sie problemlos Sex und Liebe unterscheiden. Für einen Mann ist Sex Sex und Liebe Liebe, und in einigen glücklichen Fällen treten beide gemeinsam auf. Allan und Barbara Pease, australisches Erfolgsautorenpaar, Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken. Ganz natürliche Erklärungen für eigentlich unerklärliche Schwächen, S. 355, Ullstein Verlag, Juli 2000, 15. Auflage 2002

 

  • Richtig spannend ist es geworden, als man entdeckt hat, dass es Verletzungen gibt, bei denen der Frontallappen nicht mehr richtig funktioniert. Aufgrund der bildgebenden Verfahren stellte sich heraus, dass der Frontallappen die eigentliche interessante Region des menschlichen Gehirns ist. Dort unterscheiden wir [Menschen] uns heftig von den Tieren und dort wird all das verankert, was wir durch Erfahrungen lernen. Alle anderen Bereiche sind der "Werkzeugkoffer". Diese werden in Schule und Ausbildung mit Wissen gefüllt, aber der Handwerksmeister ist der Frontallappen. Der bestimmt, wie wir mit dem Wissen umgehen. Das sind dann Metakompetenzen:
    • ein Selbstwirksamkeitskonzept
    • die Fähigkeit Handlungen zu planen
    • die Folgen von Handlungen abzuschätzen
    Impulse, die von unten kommen, können wir mithilfe des Frontalhirns in die richtige Richtung lenken. Impulskontrolle, Frustrationstoleranz, die Fähigkeit, sich in andere hinein zu versetzen und deren Intentionen zu spüren, Verantwortung zu übernehmen, sind alles Fähigkeiten des Frontalhirns. Prof. DDr. Gerald Hüther gerald-huether.de (*1951) deutscher Neurobiologe, Professor für neurobiologische Grundlagenforschung, Universität Göttingen, wissenschaftlicher und populärwissenschaftlicher Referent und Autor, Die Suche nach dem verlorenen Glück, der Einheit von Denken, Fühlen und Handeln, Kongress Dimensionen des Lebens, Tiroler Institut für Logotherapie nach Viktor E. Frankl (TILO), Bildungshaus Schloss Puchberg bei Wels, 14. Juni 2009

 

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Exzerpiert aus:

Wie man sein Gehirn optimal nutzt, 2008, YouTube Film, Minute 110:00, 125:37 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt  27. Juni 2011

  • Der Mensch ist darauf angewiesen, sich eine übergeordete Welt zu bauen, die dazu beiträgt, dass er seine Resourcen überhaupt ausschöpfen kann. […] Der Mensch ist ein spirituelles Wesen, das sich selbst transzendiert. Und das ist im Hirn angelegt. Er kann gar nicht anders. Man kann die Religionen alle abschaffen. Sie sind nicht im Hirn angelegt, aber die Spiritualität kann man dem Menschen nicht wegnehmen. Sie wird immer wiederkommen. Videopräsentation mit Prof. DDr. Gerald Hüther gerald-huether.de (*1951) deutscher Neurobiologe, Professor für neurobiologische Grundlagenforschung, Universität Göttingen, wissenschaftlicher und populärwissenschaftlicher Referent und Autor, Spiritualität, YouTube Film, Minute 1:12, 1:54 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 17. Februar 2011

 

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Hirnforschung bestätigt das Konzept des bedingungsloses Grundeinkommens als soziabel.

  • Die Hirnforschung liefert wissenschaftliche Argumente, weshalb ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen für jeden einzelnen Menschen die Voraussetzung für die Potentialentfaltung einer Gesellschaft sein könnte. Ein verbreiteter Irrtum ist es, dass der Mensch mit einem Grundeinkommen nichts mehr leisten möchte. Die Hirnforschung sagt jedoch eindeutig, dass der Mensch von Natur aus etwas leisten will. Videovortrag mit Prof. DDr. Gerald Hüther gerald-huether.de (*1951) deutscher Neurobiologe, Professor für neurobiologische Grundlagenforschung, Universität Göttingen, wissenschaftlicher und populärwissenschaftlicher Referent und Autor, Hirnforschung Grundeinkommen Potentialentfaltung, "Von der Ressourcennutzung zur Potentialentfaltung", YouTube Film, 4:59 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 6. Juli 2011

 

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Religiöse Rituale wie Beten und Meditieren machen menschlicher, mitfühlender, und gesünder.

  • Je mehr wir über Gott nachdenken, desto mehr verändern sich die Nervenkreisläufe in bestimmten Teilen des Gehirns. [...] Spirituelle Rituale fördern das Gedächtnis und verlangsamen die Prozesse neurologischen Altersschäden. Dr. med. Andrew Newberg andrewnewberg.com (*1966) US-amerikanischer Hirnforscher, außerordentlicher Professor für Religionswissenschaft, Pionier der Neurotheologie, Physiker der Nuklearmedizin, medizinische Fakultät der Universität von Pennsylvania, Mark Robert Waldman, US-amerikanischer Hirnforscher, Psychotherapeut, Center for Spirituality and the Mind, Universität von Pennsylvania, Autor, Taschenbuch, Der Fingerabdruck Gottes. Wie religiöse und spirituelle Erfahrungen unser Gehirn verändern, Goldmann Verlag, München, 1. Oktober 2012

Zitate von David R. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

  • Die Gehirnwellen des Weisen arbeiten hauptsächlich auf der langsamen Theta-Frequenz von ungefähr 4-7 Zyklen pro Sekunde, d.h. bei 4-7 Hz oder sogar langsamer. Die Alpha-Wellen der normalen Meditation bewegen sich auf einer Frequenzbreite von 8-13 Hz und die Gehirnwellen eines normalen Menschen liegen im Wesentlichen bei den schnellen Beta-Frequenzen von 13+ Hz. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, S. 210, 2006

Zitate – Neuroplastizität

General quotes

Jesus said to them: "When you make the two [i.e. brain hemispheres] into one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is not male and the female not female, and when you make eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then shall you enter [the kingdom]." Gospel of Thomas, verse 22, part of the Biblical apocrypha, 50-140, 350 AD, rediscovered 1945

 

For what the flesh wants is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to the flesh.
They are opposed to each other, and so you do not do what you want to do.
Paul, Galatians 5, 17 (NT) International Standard Version, 2008

 

Personal insights

  • My brain is only a receiver. In the universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists. Attributed to Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) Serbian US American physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer, inventor

 

Appeals

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Neurological and philosophical paradox: Division and union – in a unified manner

  • We need both these processes [of each brain hemisphere]. We need division and we need union, but those two need also to be unified. Video lecture entitled Our Mind at War by Iain McGilchrist, M.D., British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Divided Brain, YouTube film, 52:07 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2012; alternative source: Dr. Iain McGilchrist on The Divided Brain (6. May 2012), sponsored by the Canadian magazine Literary Review of Canada (LRC), filmed by Canadian TV station TVO, Ontario, location Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 5. March 2012, YouTube film, minute 39:51, 52:08 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2012

 

  • We must once again accept and harmonize the perceptual biases of both (the left and right brain) and understand that for thousands of years the left hemisphere has suppressed the qualitative judgment of the right, and the human personality has suffered for it. Dr. Bruce Powers, US American Langston professor of Christian education, source unknown

 

Insights

  • If we were to ask the brain how it would like to be treated, whether shaken at a random, irregular rate, or in a rhythmic, harmonious fashion, we can be sure that the brain, or for that matter the whole body, would prefer the latter. Itzhak Bentov ( 1923-1979) Czech-born Israeli American scientist, inventor, mystic, author, source unknown
  • The brain isn't like a powerful computer processor. It's more like a memory system that records everything we experience and helps us predict, intelligently, what will happen next. Video presentation by Jeff Hawkins, Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience in Berkeley, Calif., Brain science is about to fundamentally change computing, presented by TED Talks, 20:24 minutes duration, recorded February 2003, Monterey, California, posted 23. May 2007

 

  • As man solves the problems of existence at a level, new brain systems may be activated and when activated, change his perceptions so as to cause him to see new problems of existence. Clare W. Graves, Ph.D. (1914-1986) US American professor of psychology, originator of a theory of adult human development, co-author, source and date unknown  1

 

  • ‎We live in a world where the equivalent of all the information the human brain can handle in a lifetime is not enough to recall just one bit about each molecule in a single liter of air. Tor Nørretranders / Noerretranders (*1955) Danish non-fiction author of popular science

 

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Comment on the myth:

Coming in as a blank slate

  • The initial organization of the brain does not rely that much on experience. [...] Nature provides a first draft, which experience revises. ‚Built in’ does not mean unmalleable; it means organized in advance of experience. Gary Marcus, US American brain researcher, 2004

 

  • We know kids growing up in resource-poor environments have more trouble with the kinds of behavioral control that the prefrontal cortex is involved in regulating. But the fact that we see functional differences in prefrontal cortex response in lower socioeconomic status kids is definitive. W. Thomas Boyce, US American UC Berkeley professor emeritus of public health, cited in Striking differences between brains of rich and poor, Science a gogo, Kate Melville, 4. December 2008

 

 

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Two brain hemispheres

  • You have two brains: a left and a right. Modern brain scientists now know that
    • your left brain is your verbal and rational brain; it thinks serially and reduces its thoughts to numbers, letters and words. […]
    • Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words.
Richard Bergland, US American neurosurgeon, author, From The Fabric of Mind, 1985, pg. 1, Viking Penguin, Inc., New York, 2. May 1989

 

  • Male or female brains are more alike than they are different. Men and women overlap in the most areas. […] The brain is very flexible. Louann Brizendine, M.D., Ph.D. louannbrizendine.com (*1952) US American neuropsychiatrist, professor of neurobiology, UC Berkeley, founder of the first US clinic to study and treat women's brain functions, lecturer, author, The Female Brain, S. 7, Broadway, 1st reprint edition 7. August 2007

 

 

  • The female brain is expert at: reading faces, interpreting tone of voice, and assessing emotional nuance. Louann Brizendine, M.D., Ph.D. louannbrizendine.com (*1952) US American neuropsychiatrist, professor of neurobiology, UC Berkeley, founder of the first US clinic to study and treat women's brain functions, lecturer, author, The Female Brain, S. 119, Broadway, 1st reprint edition 7. August 2007

 

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Listen to minute 12:12:

In very rare events big ideas result in thalamic asymmetry after a very long time of meditation or prayer.

  • God will change your brain. Why? Because God is a big idea. And perhaps the second big idea in the world. And any really big idea is going to grow dentrites in some of the most important in your brain. Big ideas like peace, compassion, or love. [...] God is a big idea and it is good for your brain, but only if your image of God is positive. Video presentation by Mark Robert Waldman, US American brain researcher, psychotherapist, associate fellow, Center for Spirituality and the Mind, University of Pennsylvania, author, How God Changes the Brain, presented by TEDxConejo Talk, 27. March 2010, YouTube flim, minute 0:33 and minute7:09, 19:18 minutes duration, posted 19. April 2010

 

  • You can train your brain to focus on anything. If you focus on a positive outcome, but you've spent years being negative, you'll have to work extra hard. It takes some time for a new neural circuit to override a strong belief that is embedded in an old memory circuit. Mark Robert Waldman, US American brain researcher, psychotherapist, associate fellow, Center for Spirituality and the Mind, University of Pennsylvania, author, Facebook message, 20. January 2012

 

  • MYTH: "Neurons that wire together, fire together." Neuroscience has changed so much in the past 5 years that you must discard 90% of what you think you know. For centuries, we've looked at the "parts" of the brain mechanically, not organically. Neurons aren't wires; they are independent, co-dependent, and inter-dependent living creatures, and each one has a "mind," a "consciousness" of it's own. They gather together, not wire together, into cooperative groups that collect, analyze, and share neurochemical information with each other. They actually decide what information to pass along. Cooperative groups of neurons used to be given names, as though they were parts of a machine that had different fixed functions or tasks. But you can't really separate that amygdala from the thalamus from the frontal lobe from the visual cortex, etc., because each community of neurons send axons and dendrites far into the other regions of the brain. Like a network of roads, where does one "freeway" begin and another end? These are arbitrary decisions a mapmaker makes. Groups of neurons can alter their functioning; if the visual areas are damaged, the auditory areas (or even the "taste" neurons) can begin to process visual information! Our community of 85 billion neurons (along with 85 billion "helper" cells that people used to call glia or glue) is also very sensitive to emotions, and just like in people communities, anger and fear can kill off large populations of neurons that regulate our feelings, learning capacity, and cognitive decision-making. And when you literally send loving thoughts to your own neurons, they thrive! The neocortex thickens, the fear-generating capacity of the amygdala shrinks, and you live longer and happier, with greater confidence and self esteem. Mark Robert Waldman, US American brain researcher, psychotherapist, associate fellow, Center for Spirituality and the Mind, University of Pennsylvania, author, Facebook comment, 9. September 2013

 

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"Aha" moments: third kind of solving complex problems.

The Watchman's Rattle. A Radical New Theory of Collapse, Vanguard Press, first trade paper edition 13. November 2012

  • Insight happens when we encounter a really complex problem which exceeds the abilities of traditional left and right brain thinking. Most problem solving we do day in and day out uses left brain rational thinking or right brain synthesis. These are the methods of problem solving we have been evolving for the past four million years. But every once in a while we come across a problem which is simply too hard. Sometimes, not often, a brilliant answer seems to effortlessly drop out of thin air. We can’t trace the steps leading to the answer so we have no idea how we arrived at it. Neuroscientists also call this an "Aha" moment after Archimedes who discovered displacement when he climbed into a bathtub and watched the water spill over the edges. Insight is a spontaneous organization of chaos and seems to have something to do with an area of the brain called the ASTG which lights up like a Christmas tree when Insight is being used. Thanks to modern MRI technology we can now see insight at work. We can even predict when it is going to be used about 300 milliseconds beforehand. Rebecca Costa, US American sociobiologist, radio talk show host, public speaker, author, Book The Watchman’s Rattle, November 2012

 

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Eureka: the third form complex problem solving

Newton, hit by a apple falling off a tree, discovered gravity.
Archimedes, spilling water over the edges of a bathtub, discovered the displacement theory.

  • [E]very now and again, when we hit a complex problem that’s above the pay grade of
    1. left brain deconstructive thinking and
    2. right brain synthetic thinking,
    3. what we find is a little portion of the brain called the ASTG [anterior superior temporal gyrus in the right brain hemisphere] lights up like a Christmas tree and we have a breakthrough, or what neuroscientists are calling an "aha" moment. […]
[N]euroscientists have recently discovered […] that all people have the ability to use insight to solve highly complex, dynamic problems; and that insight seems to search through all the content in our brain and only connect those pieces of information that are relevant to solving the problem and does it instantaneously. It’s a fascinating process, and the most wonderful thing about the discovery is that it seems to be a third form of powerful problem-solving, ideally suited to complex problems. Audio interview with Rebecca Costa, US American sociobiologist, radio talk show host, public speaker, author, Rebecca Costa on thinking our way out of extinction, presented by earthsky.org, Jorge Salazar, 3. January 2012

 

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Brain ⇔ mind

  • The difference between mind and brain is that brain deals only with memorized, subjective, special-case experiences and objective experiments, while mind extracts and employs the generalized principles and integrates and interrelates their effective employment. Brain deals exclusively with the physical, and mind exclusively with the metaphysical. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) US American engineer, systems theorist, architect, constructor, designer, inventor, futurist, philosopher, author, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, Southern Illinois University Press, 1968, Lars Müller, 1st edition 15. July 2008

 

  • It became obvious in the early 20th century that brain development reflected a series of stages that we can now see as being broadly divided into two phases.
    1. In most mammals the first reflects a genetically determined sequence of events in utero that can be modulated by maternal environment.
    2. The second phase, which is both pre- and postnatal in humans, is a time when the connectivity of the brain is very sensitive not only to the environment but also to the patterns of brain activity produced by experiences.
More importantly, however, it is now recognized that epigenetic changes, which can be defined as changes in developmental outcomes, including regulation of gene expression, are based upon mechanisms other than DNA itself. Scientific paper by Bryan Kolb, Ph.D., Canadian professor of neuroscience, Robbin Gibb, Ph.D., Canadian professor of neuroscience, Brain Plasticity and Behaviour in the Developing Brain, presented by Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, S. 265-276, 20. November 2011

 

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Note:

Human brains are estimated to have a staggering 86 billion neurons, with multiple connections from each cell webbing in every possible direction, forming the vast cellular network that somehow allows for thinking and consciousness.

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

Above LoC 200 – Illusionary existence, Linear truth (mentation), Divine power, Beginning and learning of love, Personal responsibility, Karma accountability, Beginning of building an etheric brain

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Programming of the brain starting in mother's womb

  • From all this genetic garble arises a fragile, complex growth pattern of brain neurons and synapses now subject to intrauterine influences and post natal fates, such as nutrition, nuture, and emotional and intellectual climate. Together with this is the influence of an infinite number of neurohormones, environmental hazards, and accidental programmings. The IQ is already set; the convolutions are already in place, and now one has to make the best of it because society, with all its complexity and error, then proceeds to systematically program this defective organ with software of questionable accuracy, usefulness, or veracity. Dr. David R. Hawkins, The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 99, Veritas Publishing, revised edition 2002

 

 

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Brain changes as a result of intake of truth

 


Structure of a typical neuron

 

  • The etheric brain thus becomes the nonphysical vehicle of an individualized spiritual content (i.e. karma). Below consciousness level 200, the individual is dominated by the collective field of consciousness of that level from which a uniquely personal, spiritualized etheric brain has yet to evolve and only does so by the exercise of free choice, which can take the individual consciousness level above the critical point of 200. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 66, 2005

 

  • One profound consequence of the emergence of an etheric brain is its survival of a physical death and the accumulation of karmic patterns. While karmic evolutionary patterns develop below consciousness level 200, they do so in the collective field of consciousness that dominates the levels below 200. They actually do not become individualized as such until the consciousness level reach 200. (Calibrates as "true".) Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 68, 2005

 

  • By one simple decision, the impossible becomes possible because the lead sinkers that were attached to the cork have been released, and now the cork effortlessly rises because of the density and power of the field. Thus, one can let go of the egoistic illusion that spiritual progress is difficult and that one has to do it all alone. On the contrary, illusions of lack disappear and powerful energies now help to sustain one’s progress, which is now accompanied by the pleasure of increased self-esteem, and the world magically begins to appear to be a friendly and helpful place. The brain’s neurochemistry changes in a positive direction, and like a butterfly out of a cocoon, the etheric brain springs forth as a consequence of the onset of the flow of spiritual (i.e., kundalini) energy, and the experience of life and the self in the world begins to transform. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 250, 2005

 

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The activation of the etheric brain ensues right brain dominance.

  • The activation of the etheric brain in higher spiritual beings is a consequence of the rising of the kundalini, or spiritual energies, which results not only in the formation of higher spiritual bodies and the etheric brain but also actually changes the physiology of the human brain, which now tracks incoming stimuli differently. The person becomes more 'right brain'.
Below level 200Ordinary person► An incoming stimulus is rapidly radiated to the emotional center.
Above level 200 Spiritually-oriented person► The faster track goes from stimulus to prefrontal cortex and then to the emotional center.
In highly-evolved spiritual people, the incoming information is processed through the etheric prefrontal cortex and then goes by induction to the physical neuronal circuits in the brain. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 29, 2007

 

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Spirit infusing the mind/ego/experiencer/self complex

  • In deprogramming the experiencer from the evolutionary development of the ego with its multifunction complexity, it can be seen why spiritual evolution takes time plus effort, awareness, and high motivation. To undo this complex mind/ego/experiencer/self apparatus sequentially is not possible without the motivation or assistance of a specific spiritual energy that has the necessary power. Traditionally, this spiritual energy was labeled kundalini to indicate its serpentine course as it rises up the energy channels of the spine through the ascending energy centers, traditionally termed 'chakras'. This unique, transformative energy, which appears at consciousness level 200, changes the physiology and dynamics of the brain, including hemispheric dominance. Consequently, there is a shift in brain hormones and neurotransmitters. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 113, 2007

 

  • There was a world famous man (Francis Crick) who won the Nobel Prize and then before he died he was trying to show that consciousness arises from a neurological function. The research he did that got him the Nobel Prize calibrated at 440. The research he was doing at the end calibrated at 170 [140] or something. The way it works is the etheric brain activates the energy within the neurons not vice-versa. He was trying to show that neuronal activity creates consciousness. No, it's consciousness that creates neuronal activity. And I’ll give you the analogy of a magnetic field. It's effect on a wire is to create electricity. Or you can do the reverse. You can create magnetism in a wire. The nervous system acts by induction. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Seminar Title unknown, month and year unknown

 

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Rivalry and domination via the intellect

  • Ego is the persistence of animal instinct from an earlier part of the brain. The frontal cortex emerged later and allows thinking. However, the thinking is then used for animal goals. We now have rivalry and the quest for domination via the intellect, rather than teeth, claws, etc. Man is addicted to the payoffs of being right, blaming others, twisting the knife. He must be willing to surrender these payoffs if he wants to get beyond the ego. But most would rather enjoy hating someone than to give it all up. Rarely do people escape the 400’s [reason's realm]. Man is between the animals and the angels, in a difficult transitional place, having aspects of both. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), Houston, Texas, Seminar The Realization of the Presence of God, Unity Church, 11. October 2003

 

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Etheric brain:

The etheric brain does not exist in individuals with a level of consciousness below 200.

  • Spiritual intention changes the brain's physiology – spiritually oriented people experience things differently than "ordinary" people. The change occurs in the prefrontal cortex, creating an "etheric brain." (Calibrated as a fact.) The shift above LoC 200 speeds up karma. […] Rapid pathway bypasses the emotional centers of the brain. The majority of Homo sapiens do not have an etheric brain. The new species of individuals calibrating over 200 is "homo spiritus." Under 200, the left brain is dominant and individuals are more prone to disease, depression, addiction, and rage. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self and the "I", 3 DVD set, 1. November 2003

 

  • Above 200 you have a etheric brain, which those below 200 do not have. It is pure energy, it has something to do with Kundalini and it's going up the spine and gets totally formed or something above 500, but it is there above 200. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), Chicago Seminar Title unknown, 10. April 2004

 

 

 

 

  • Question: When I am in the presence of beauty or love, often tears come up. Is there a line between that and emotionality?
    Answer: No, it’s a stage you go through and it may last for years. It has nothing to do with gender. You can look at two people looking at each other with a loving look and you begin to cry – or a beautiful aria from an opera – any kind of stunning beauty. It's a sensitivity to beauty that arises, and as you get in the 500s, it becomes almost continuous. You have to desist from certain activities because you break down and cry all the time. It may last some years. If people at work ask about it, just tell them the truth – that beauty makes you cry. It's normal. It's not emotion – because neurologically your brain changes. There's a concept called neuroplasticity. Experience changes the chemistry of your brain physiology. The neuronal connections are always constantly changing. So crying is part of that shift of the energy balance and your brain is putting out endorphins. If you are loving, you put out endorphins. Someone who is upset all the time is putting out adrenalin. You walk into a great cathedral and you break into tears. You see what it took to create it. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), Sedona Satsang Q&A, CD 2 of 2, 10. January 2007

Quotes by Iain McGilchrist et al. – Right / left brain dichotomy

"Left brain/right brain" dichotomy or conflict
The Master (right brain) and His Emissary (left brain)
"[T]hey [both brain hemispheres] stand in opposition to one another, and need to be kept apart from one another – hence the bihemispheric structure of the brain." Pg. ?
[The two halves in the brain seem to] "coexist together on a daily basis, but have fundamentally different sets of values, and therefore priorities [as do extroverts and introverts], which means that over the long term they are likely to come into conflict. Although each is crucially important, and delivers valuable aspects of the human condition, and though each needs the other for different purposes, they seem destined to pull apart." Pg. ?
"The right hemisphere is inclusive in its attitude to what the left hemisphere might know, but the left hemisphere is exclusive of the right. Where the right hemisphere's world responds to negative feedback, the left hemisphere gets locked ever further into its own point of view. Its capacities are limited to doing the same things it has always done, and no more." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010
"What makes us happy is not wealth but the reciprocal relationship between ourselves and one another, ourselves and the world. This is something the right hemisphere alone understands, since it is the ground of empathy and interconnectedness, where the left hemisphere is concerned with manipulation and sees the world atomistically." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010
"[T]hey have a different take on everything, but equally they have a take on their relationship. The left hemisphere thinks it can go about it alone, it can't see the point to the right hemisphere. It doesn't know what it doesn't know, but the right hemisphere does know what it doesn't know. It's aware that it needs the left hemisphere. […] [I]t's not about thinking vs. feeling, but about two ways of thinking and two ways of feeling." Presentation Things Are Not What They Seem, Schumacher College, Dartington, United Kingdom, minute 1:26:15, 1:29:04 duration, posted 23. May 2011
Left hemisphere of the brainRight hemisphere of the brain
"The left hemisphere is always engaged in a purpose: it always has an end in view, and downgrades whatever has no instrumental purpose in sight." Pg. 174"The right hemisphere, by contrast, has no designs on anything. It is vigilant for whatever is, a relationship of concern or care with whatever happens to be." Pg. 174
Operating in the left hemisphere world:
Utilitarianism vs. common sense

"Knowledge and skill are replaced by paper qualifications. Judgement is replaced by "process"." Pg. 429
"Family relationships, religion, teachers, and doctors are viewed with suspicion. Reasonableness would be replaced by rationality. There would be a complete failure of common sense because it would require both hemispheres working together. Anger and aggressive behavior would become more evident in social interactions due to emotions which predominate the left hemisphere." Pg. 432
"Art would become conceptual, bizarre perspectives would become the norm. Music would be reduced to little more than rhythm." Pg. 433
"[The right hemisphere understands morality based on assessments that are] unconscious and intuitive, deeply bound up with our emotional sensitivity to others. Empathy is intrinsic to morality." Pg. 86

    The newness of the right hemisphere makes it a devil’s advocate, it is always on the lookout for things that might be different from our expectations. It sees things in context. It understands implicit meaning. metaphor, body language, emotional expression in the face. It deals with an embodied work, in which we stand embodied in relation to a world that is concrete. It understands individuals, not just categories. It actually has a disposition for the living rather than the mechanical. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 16:19 and 16:39, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010
"[The left hemisphere understands morality as what is best on the basis of utilitarian calculation or enlightened self-interest.]" Pg. 428"[I]t appears essential for the creation of full human consciousness and imagination that the right hemisphere places itself in a position of vulnerability to the left. The right hemisphere, the one that believes, but does not know, has to depend on the other, the left hemisphere, that knows, but does not believe. […] If the relationship holds, they are invincible […]." Pg. 428
"The knowledge that is mediated by the left hemisphere is knowledge within a closed system. It has the advantage of perfection, but such perfection is bought ultimately at the price of emptiness." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010"The right hemisphere's take on the world is far more complex and nuanced. Instead of distinct mechanisms, the right hemisphere sees interconnected, living, embodied entities. In communication the right hemisphere recognizes all that is nonverbal, metaphorical, ironic or humorous, where the left is literalistic. The right is at ease with ambiguity and the idea that opposites may be compatible." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010
[T]he left hemisphere gives narrow, sharply focused attention to detail. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 10:23, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010The right hemisphere gives sustained, broad, open, vigilance, alertness. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 10:12, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010
[The left hemisphere] is dependent on denotative language and abstraction, yields clarity and power to manipulate things that are known, fixed, static, isolated, de-contextualised, explicit, disembodied, general in nature but ultimately lifeless. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 17:45, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010[The right hemisphere] yields a world of individual, changing, evolving, interconnected, implicit, incarnate, living beings within the context of the lived world. And the things is never fully graspable, never perfectly known as we think. And this world exists in a certain relationship, rather than just an objective starts. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 18:05, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010
Source: Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, Yale University Press Publication, 30. October 2009, November 2010, Paperback, 6. August 2012

 

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Solving the dichotomy of Right brain ☯ Left Brain * ☯ * Master types ☯ Emissary types:

God, Lucifer, Christ – Lady Ragnell, Giant Gromer, Knight Gawain – Grandmother, Wolf, Woodchopper, Hare and the Hedgehog Couple Grimm's tale 187

There was once a wise spiritual master, who was the ruler of a small but prosperous domain, and who was known for his selfless devotion to his people. As his people flourished and grew in number, the bounds of this small domain spread; and with it the need to trust implicitly the emissaries he sent to ensure the safety of its ever more distant parts. It was not just that it was impossible for him personally to order all that needed to be dealt with: as he wisely saw, he needed to keep his distance from, and remain ignorant of, such concerns. And so he nurtured and trained carefully his emissaries, in order that they could be trusted. Eventually, however, his cleverest and most ambitious vizier, the one he most trusted to do his work, began to see himself as the master, and used his position to advance his own wealth and influence. He saw his master’s temperance and forbearance as weakness, not wisdom, and on his missions on the master’s behalf, adopted his mantle as his own – the emissary became contemptuous of his master. And so it came about that the master was usurped, the people were duped, the domain became a tyranny; and eventually it collapsed in ruins. […]
I hold that, like the Master and his emissary in the story, though the cerebral hemispheres should co-operate, they have for some time been in a state of conflict. The subsequent battles between them are recorded in the history of philosophy, and played out in the seismic shifts that characterise the history of Western culture. At present the domain – our civilization – finds itself in the hands of the vizier, who, however gifted, is effectively an ambitious regional bureaucrat with his own interests at heart. Meanwhile the Master, the one whose wisdom gave the people peace and security, is led away in chains. The Master is betrayed by his emissary.
Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, S. 14, Yale University Press Publication, 30. October 2009, November 2010

 

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Reason vs. rationality

 

  • The divided nature of our reality has been a consistent observation since humanity has been sufficiently self-conscious to reflect on it. [...] When one puts that together with the fact that the brain is divided into two relatively independent chunks which just happen broadly to mirror the very dichotomies that are being pointed to – alienation versus engagement, abstraction versus incarnation, the categorical versus the unique, the general versus the particular, the part versus the whole, and so on – it seems like a metaphor that might have some literal truth. Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, S. 461-462, Yale University Press Publication, 30. October 2009, November 2010

 

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Left-brain dominated cultural war in the West since 2,500 years

  • [O]ver the past 2,500 years, there has been a kind of battle going on in our brains, the result of which has been, despite swings of the pendulum, an ever greater reliance on the left hemisphere. Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010

 

  • In 1955 in the U.S., 44% of all workers enjoyed their working hours more than anything else they did; by 1999 only 16% did, according to Gallup poll data. What makes us happy is not wealth but the reciprocal relationship between ourselves and one another, ourselves and the world. This is something the right hemisphere alone understands, since it is the ground of empathy and interconnectedness, where the left hemisphere is concerned with manipulation and sees the world atomistically. Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010

 

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Individuation subject to coherence.

  • There is, in summary, then, a force for individuation (left hemisphere) and a force for coherence (right hemisphere): but, where the whole is not the same as the sum of its parts, the force for individuation exists within and is subject to the force of coherence. In this sense the ‘givens’ of the left hemisphere need to be once again ‘given up’ to be reunified through the operations of the right hemisphere. [...] [T]he rational workings of the left hemisphere [...] should be subject to the intuitive wisdom of the right hemisphere. Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, S. 203, Yale University Press Publication, 30. October 2009, November 2010, Paperback, 6. August 2012

 

Other authors commenting on the "left/right brain" dichotomy or conflict

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Uniting the male and the female hemispheres into a single one

Jesus said to them: "When you make the two [i.e. brain hemispheres] into one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is not male and the female not female, and when you make eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then shall you enter [the kingdom]." Gospel of Thomas, verse 22, part of the Biblical apocrypha, 50-140, 350 AD, rediscovered 1945

 

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Opposites – essentially – are two equal motions resulting in two illusions.

  • [Paraphrased.] The very attempt to divide the One substance (still magnetic light), gives the appearance of, but does not make two substances. It only develops two equal states of motion, which Man calls 'forces'. It but creates two illusions. Just so with positive electricity and negative electricity. They are not two forces. They are but aspects of One force attempting to separate, each by its own opposite method, thus becoming two forces. They never succeed in doing so. Each is charged with the other, permeated more or less, in accord with its periodicity. Walter Russell (1871-1963) US American polymath, natural philosopher, mystic, architect, painter, sculptor, builder, author (unified theory in physics and cosmogony), The Universal One, S. 75-81, University of Science and Philosophy, June 1974

 

Fundamental culture – Based on human dignity, equality, caring – Right brain view

  • On the fundamental level there are no differences between all human beings. Mentally, emotionally, physically we are the same. On that level there is hardly any reason to fight.

Secondary culture – Based on status along the ladder of prideshame – Left brain view

  • On the secondary level there are a lot of divisions and barriers. On the secondary level there are different nationalities, different races, different colors, different religions. Within the communities there are the richer, the poorer, the educated, the uneducated, the more respected because of their highly esteemed professions, some are looked down because of their work.
    Many man-made problems, I believe, are due to too much emphasis on the secondary level of differences. We are forgetting the basic oneness of human beings. Video presentation by H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (*1935) Tibetan monk, leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1989, Peace Summit, presented by CTV.ca, video clip 2 of 4, 2/3rd section, minute 50:13-55:00, Vancouver, Canada, Sunday 27. September 2009

 

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Monotheism vs. polytheism

  • There are two kinds of religion in this world: one having a creator god, and the other not recognizing a creator of this reality. H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (*1935) Tibetan monk, leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1989, Buddhist initiation ceremony in India, unknown date

 

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Conscious mind (left brain) vs. unconscious mind (right brain)

  • The conscious mind allows itself to be trained like a parrot, but the unconscious does not – which is why St. Augustine thanked God for not making him responsible for his dreams. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, Psychology and Alchemy, Collected Works, volume 12, 1944, S. 51, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968

 

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Grandmother councils provide unanimous government decisions.

Menstruation and right-brain functions

  • Women [daughters of the moons] are powerful […] because of the moons. The evidence is a direct track between the menstrua and right-brain function. […]
    The Goddess has three faces, three stages: Maiden ☯ Matron and ☯ Crone. And the dividing lines are all about the menstrua. Maiden to puberty, matron to the end of menstruation, crone afterwards.
    The holiest women are the crones. Having a croning ceremony is very important to the safety of this world. A ceremony in which women are introduced to the power that has matured in them through a lifetime and asked to join together to make decisions for the nation.
    Get rid of all these men arguing, and majority rules, and tyranny of majority. Forget that. The only way true government can make a decision is unanimously. And unaniminity is the function of right brain joining at which postmenstrual women are particularly adept.
    The other thing about postpostmenstrual women is that they become androhermaphrogenous in which they balance the male and female functions in themselves, almost automatically. When the ladies get past the menstruation time it gets to be normative. And it is in that androhermaphrogenous state of right-brain activity that the truth of a good government forever rests. Governments are there to make decisions that effect the world. I believe that only a grandmother council should be trusted with that, only a grandmother council. Audio presentation by Father Charles L. Moore (1927-2007) US American Roman Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, scholar, historian, district attorney, spiritual teacher, modern mystic, MP3, part 2 of 2, March 2003, presented by US American web radio station KKUP, program Vibrational Voyage, host Anthony J. McGettigan, ~50 minutes duration, posted March 1st, 2011

 

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Learners (right brain) versus learned (left brain)

  • In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) US American longshoreman philosopher, social writer, cited in: Roland S. Barth, Learning By Heart, S. 28, Jossey-Bass, 10. February 2004

 

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Materialism [left brain] vs. consciousness [right brain]

  • Consciousness is the ground of all being. And then you have to realize that it’s absolute and therefore no perfect definition is ever possible. So whatever people say about consciousness is okay, provided one caveat, which is that one should recognize one fundamental aspect of consciousness because this is where consciousness and materialism become different.
    • In materialism, there are only objects.
    • In consciousness, there is both subject and object. That split is most important to recognize.
All the ancient traditions, to their credit, recognize the aspect of consciousness. So if you don’t recognize it, there is serious flaw in your thinking about consciousness. Never forget that you are also a subject and that makes you a conscious being in the sense that we understand consciousness. Video statement at  speakers' panel by Amit Goswami, Ph.D. (*1936) Indian US American professor emeritus of nuclear physics, University of Oregon (1968-1997), quantum cosmologist, author, What is your definition of Consciousness?, sponsored by World Congress of Quantum Medicine, Quantum University, Honolulu, Hawaii, 4-7 October 2012, YouTube film, minute 2:20, 7:55 minutes duration, posted 29. November 2012

 

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Left brain: Masculine ✿
Right brain: Feminine

  • I maintain that every man and woman has a feminine side and a masculine side to their personality, to their psyche, to their mind. I believe that the masculine side of both men and women is primarily their left hemisphere and the feminine side of both men and women is primarily their right hemisphere. Video TV interview with Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, Imagery and the Alphabet, excerpted from a 1 hour DVD, presented by the US American independent public television series Thinking Allowed (PBS) (1988-2002), host Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., US American director of the Intuition Network, program dean of the University of Philosophical Research, YouTube film, minute 4:04, 7:00 minutes duration, posted 31. August 2010

 

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Rightbrained truth digging via eye in eye debating

  • [Paraphrased.] The left-right-brained way to get to the truth [as applied by Socrates] is to look somebody in the eye and debate one on one (not by dealing with one who resorts to written notes).
Video presentation by Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, The Alphabet vs. The Goddess, sponsored by Pepperdine University, Malibu California, The Distinguished Lecture Series, November 2006, YouTube film, minute 37:40, 1:15:14 duration, posted 1. November 2012

 

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Rightbrain dominant sages and avatars taught orally.

  • Buddha, Socrates, and Jesus delivered feminine right-brained oral teachings. Video presentation by Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, The Alphabet vs. The Goddess, sponsored by Pepperdine University, Malibu California, The Distinguished Lecture Series, November 2006, YouTube film, minute 37:43, 1:15:14 duration, posted 1. November 2012

 

  • The recurring pattern of the classical era, medieval era, Renaissance and modern times is:
    First the visionary artist sees the world in a new way followed by a new paradigmal discovery of a revolutionary physicist. Video presentation by Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light, presented by Zeitgeist: Art, Gender and Physics, YouTube film, 54:04 minutes duration, posted 1. November 2012

 

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Iconic Revolution – Dyslexia is predominantly male (9 boys :1 girl)

Dyslexia characterizes a predominant right brain.

  • Johnny couldn't read and a previously unrecognized affliction called dyslexia (nonexistent in ideographic China) broke out at alarming rates in classrooms all across Eurocentric TV-land. Dyslexic children, predominantly male (9:1), have difficulty deciphering the alphabet. One credible theory proposes that it is due to a failure of hemispheric dominance. Ninety percent of the language centers traditionally reside in the left hemisphere of right-handed people. In the right-handed dyslexic, the distribution of language centers may be more on the order of 80/20 or 70/30. Although we cannot be sure that dyslexia was not always among us, it seems to have erupted at the very moment that an entire generation was devaluing the left hemispheric mode of knowing. Perhaps television is the agent equilibrating the human brain's two differing modes of perception.
    The very concept of "brain dominance" is presently under scrutiny, as many dyslexics are talented artists, architects, musicians, composers, dancers, and surgeons. The idea that logical, linear thinking is better than intuition and holistic perception was a script written by left-brainers in the first place. Our culture has classified dyslexia as a disability. But as culture becomes more comfortable with its reliance on images, it may turn out that dyslexia will be reassessed as another of the many harbingers that announced the arrival of the Iconic Revolution. Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, The Alphabet Versus The Goddess. The Conflict Between World and Image, chapter 35, alphabetvsgoddess.com, Penguin (Non-Classics), 1. September 1999

 

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Liberating nobodies, minorities, and women ༺♥༻ Balancing of the subdued right hemisphere.

  • The dignity movement can be seen as nobodies' liberation. Robert Fuller, Ph.D., US American physicist, president of Oberlin College, rankism and dignity researcher, author, The Dignity Revolution, UC-Berkeley, presented by TEDx Berkeley, aired 19. February 2011, YouTube film, 19:41 minutes duration, posted 23. March 2011

 

  • After a feisty competitive billion-year youth, the nucleated microbial cells built multi-celled creatures as cooperatives in the last quarter of evolution. It is cheaper to feed your enemies than to kill them. […]
    The sun is setting on the Age of Empire (competition mode) and rising on the Age of Global Family (cooperation mode).
    Yang: Youthful competition, control/order, mine/yours, monoculture, fear in scarcity
    Yin: Mature cooperation, messiness/mystery, we/ours, diversity/creativity, love in abundance
    Video presentation by Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D., Greek-American post-Darwinian creationist evolutionary biologist, pastist/futurist, promoter of anthropomorphism over mechanomorphism, business consultant, former UN consultant, East and West in our Global Family, presented by TEDTalks TEDxMarrakesh, YouTube film, minute 10:33 and minute 15:43, 19:14 minutes duration, posted 13. October 2011

 

Yahweh is a two-faced morally schizophrenic, psychopathic god.
Violent elitist-hierarchical either-or left-brained Yahwist systems kept humanity divided.


  • In the character of Yahweh by any objective moral evaluations you have a psychopathic, genocidal, murderous, manipulative, emotionally abusive character claiming – according to theological traditions – to be God. And this is the problem. […] No amount of theological jugglery will change the fact that you're dealing with a real moral ambiguity with this particular character. If we were to take the same actions and ascribe them to a human being then what we're dealing with is a character on the order of a Hitler, a Stalin, or a chairman Mao. We're dealing with a real murderous character. […]
    The cultural effect of the introduction of this [Yahwist] religion in ancient times is that it introduced a cultural schism. Yahwism is defining itself in opposition to [nature religions and the right-brained perennial traditions]. Yahwism is a conceptional and an immoral revolution. And like all revolutions it has a founding moment in violence, here of course the exodus. It fills all the bills of revolutionary violent movements. The bottom line is it's a grab for power. […]
    1. You enshrine a text. Then the text literally becomes your God.
    2. You enshrine a system of interpretation and therefore you elevate to positions of authority a clerical [oligarchic] elite that does the interpreting.
    3. Within the psychology of any individual […] within one of those three Yahwisms [Judaism, Christianity, Islam] it introduces the idea that any other human being therefore is looked at in purely mechanistic terms. They are viewed either as a potential convert to the system or as a potential enemy.
The net social and cultural effect of these types of [Yahwist] revelation religions is that they introduce a split, a schism, a division in the social space. […] The effect of this is to keep humanity divided.
With each of these three systems you're dealing with universal truth claims. […] The final triumph of truth lies in the future, [...] a future that at some point involves coercive violence in all three versions of these [Yahwist] traditions.
Audio interview with Joseph P. Farrell, Ph.D. (*1957) US American philosopher, adjunct professor of patristic theology and apologetics, California Graduate School of Theology, author on alternative history, historical revisionism, archaeology, and science/physics, Yahweh The Two-Faced God, presented by West Swedish web radio station Red Ice Radio, host Henrik Palmgren, minute 29:24-39:00, 76:00 minutes duration, aired 29. July 2012

 

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The experience/performance curve is shifting to lots of trust-based relationships.

  • The winners in this new world are those who build very large numbers of rich flows of tacit knowledge riding on the rails of trust based relationships.
    In this new world it's about relationships not transactions. It's about the notion of these relationships being long-term sustained relationships where the kind of communication that occurs in that relationship is not around data sets and graphs of charts of data. It's around stories, […] images, visual kinds of communication.
    If you're in the masculine archetype of projecting a strong [lonesome rider] image at all times you will not be successful in building trust. You have to be willing to express vulnerability. I think it raises a very different kind of archetype that's going to be required for success in this new world.
    The future belongs to the feminine archetype not the masculine archetype. And those of us who adopt the feminine archetype, male or female, are going to be the ones to create wealth and enjoy the enormous success ahead. Video presentation by John Hagel III, US American consultant, co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, speaker and author on the intersection of business strategy and information technology, The Big Shift: Challenge and Opportunity for Women, presented by TEDx Talk, TEDxBayArea, YouTube film, 12:59 minutes duration, minutes 8:25, 9:20, 10:43 and 12:23, posted 9. December 2010

 

 

  • Hierarchy [left brain] is based on patriarchy. Patriarchy doesn't work anywhere anymore. Video commencement speech by Gloria Steinem gloriasteinem.com (*1934) leading US American feminist of the new women's movement, visionary and political activist, founder and editor of the feminist US magazine "Ms", journalist, writer, Gloria Steinem: The F Word: Feminism Today, sponsored by Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, 22. March 2013, YouTube film, minute 18:14, 1:42:12 duration, posted 22. April 2013

 

  • We're still living in an 'either-or' culture [left brain], not in an 'and' culture. We're still ranking instead of linking. We still have a hierarchical view of life instead of a circle. And actually for most of human history we've lived the other way. It's been about linking, not ranking. The circle was the paradigm of society. Gloria Steinem gloriasteinem.com (*1934) leading US American feminist of the new women's movement, visionary and political activist, founder and editor of the feminist US magazine "Ms", journalist, writer, @katiecouric: A Woman's World?, presented by US American TV station CBS NEWS, host Katie Couric (*1957) US American talk show host, anchor journalist, author, YouTube film, minute 37:29, posted 22. June 2010

 

  • I am talking about the divisions of human beings into the cults of masculinity and femininity, into false divisions [of the left brain] that conceal both our shared humanity and our individual uniqueness. We are trained into this division very young, usually in our own families, and it normalizes later divisions into
    ➤ leader and led,
    ➤ subject and object,
    ➤ rich and poor,
    ➤ even conquerer and conquered.
Vimeo video presentation by Gloria Steinem gloriasteinem.com (*1934) leading US American feminist of the new women's movement, visionary and political activist, founder and editor of the feminist US magazine "Ms", journalist, writer, When Women Are People… and Corporations Are Not: Why the First Inequality Will Also Be the Last, presented by Bioneers Live, host Nina Simons, Bioneers Conference 2011, San Rafael, California, 14. October 2011, minute 6:41, 35:27 minutes duration, posted 10. November 2011

 

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Dependence ⇒ independence ⇒ interdependence

  • It is as if we had natural stages of
    1. dependence as children [left brain],
    2. independence as young people [left brain],
    3. interdependence [right brain] as we grow wiser.
And I think that happens social justice movements, too. So perhaps we can begin to see the ways that we are, in fact; not ranked but linked.
Yes, we've been through dependence. Yes, we've been through independence. But now we can hope for interdependence. Video presentation by Gloria Steinem gloriasteinem.com (*1934) leading US American feminist of the new women's movement, visionary and political activist, journalist, writer, An Evening with Gloria Steinem – Prevailing barriers to equality, sponsored by Vassar Chapel, Poughkeepsie, New York, 19. September 2012, YouTube film, minute 13:03 and 43:52, 44:51 minutes duration, posted 28. September 2012

 

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The 7 L's of the right brain

 

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Left brain bias has suppressed the right brain for 1000s of years.

 

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Cosmic asymmetry

  • Life as manifested to us is a function of the asymmetry of the universe [...] I can even imagine that all living species are primordially, in their structure, in their external forms, functions of cosmic asymmetry. Louis Pasteur [Father of microbiology]  (1822-1895) French chemist, physician, microbiologist, source unknown

 

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The leftbrained error of Enlightenment

Quotes on Internet pornography

 

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Addicting capacity of Internet pornography

  • Pornography is a drug. The Internet has made pornography the crack cocaine of visual addictions. [...] Social science research shows that pornography really harms a person no matter what their religious perspective or non-perspective is. It harms their relationships, it harms the ability to form emotion, to think, to feel. Numerous studies have shown this. But still, people in denial can act out in pornography thinking it won't hurt them. It will. 100 percent of the time. Video presentation by Donald L. Hilton Jr., M.D., US American neurological surgeon, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Pornography and its impact on the Brain, presented by SA Lifeline Foundation, YouTube film, minute 9:53, 13:23 minutes duration, posted 8. September 2010

 

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"The fabulous four":

"The fearsome four" brain chemicals are:
Dopamine-Norepinephrine-Oxytocin-Serotonin

  • During sexual process, the brain begins narrowing its focus as it releases a tidal wave of endorphins and other neurochemicals like dopamine [pleasure], norepinephrine [branding iron for image storing], oxytocin [bonding] and serotonin [stress release]2. These "natural drugs" produce a tremendous rush or high. When these chemicals are released during healthy marital intimacy we refer to them as "the fabulous four" because of the myriad positive benefits they generate between husband and wife. When they are released during pornography use and other sexual addiction behaviors, we call them "the fearsome four" due to the severe addiction and many negative consequences they produce in the brain and nervous system. Mark Kastleman, US American recovered pornography addict, recovered after 25 years, co-founder of Candeo, author of The Drug of the New Millennium. The Science of How Internet Pornography Radically Alters the Human Brain and Body, 2001, co-founder of Candeo, The 'Brain Science' Behind Internet Porn Addiction, presented by netnanny.com

 

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Viewing pornography is "substance abuse."

Englische Texte – English section on Neuro science / Neurowissenschaft

Five types of brain waves

Electroencephalography – Five varied brain wave patterns
Brain wave patternFrequency range
Hertz
Brain image
Centerpointe.com
Key words – Legend
BETA13-30 HzBeta.gifConcentration, arousal, alertness, cognition, higher levels associated with anxiety, unease, feelings of separation, fight or flight
ALPHA8-13.9 HzAlpha.gifRelaxation, superlearning, relaxed focus, light trance, increased serontonin production, pre-sleep, pre-waking drowsiness, meditation, beginning of access to unconscious mind
THETA4-7.9 HzTheta.gifDreaming sleep (REM sleep), increased production of catecholamines (vital for learning and memory), increased creativity, integrative, emotional experiences, potential change in behavior, increased retention of learned material, hypnagogic imagery, trance, deep meditation, access to unconscious mind
DELTA0.1-3.9 HzDelta.gifDreamless sleep, human growth hormone released, deep, trance-like, non-physical state, loss of body awareness, access to unconscious and "collective unconscious" mind
GAMMA
and more
30-100 Hz./.Etheric brain – transcendent state – integration
Very quick waves emerging in a state of high concentration, synchronizing the left and right hemisphere of the brain – practically unresearched territory
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Electroencephalography

Four basic brains and the ethical brain

Correlations of five different brains
༺༻BrainPsycheBrainwavesMetaphorPercentageTaboo
1.Somatic gut brain / Enteric nervous systemUnconsciousDelta./../../.
2.Reptilian brainUnconsciousDeltaElephant95-99% Sabotaging shared programs Establishing taboos
3.Limbic systemSubconsciousThetaElephant95-99% Sabotaging shared programs Establishing taboos
4.NeocortexConsciousBetaRider of the elephant1-5% (Self) muted, garbled, contradictory Maintaining taboos
5.Prefrontal cortexSuperconsciousAlpha./.1-5% (SELF) outspoken, focused Breaking taboos

 

Five brains and their corresponding brain waves
༺༻BrainDecription
1.Somatic brain/enteric nervous system
(located mainly in the gut)
This brain came first in evolution and existed in very early organisms hundreds of millions of years ago. The enteric nervous system plays a major role in digestion, and in the production and output of the various hormones that are crucial to our emotional and physical wellbeing. For instance, the enteric nervous system produces approximately 85% of the system’s serotonin, a key element in regulating our emotional well-being.
2.Reptilian brainThis brain orchestrates breathing, heartbeat, swallowing, visual tracking, and the startle response. Although reptiles are said to not be able to experience emotion, all of these body functions as just listed to significantly affect the emotions of human beings. Shallow breathing, darting eyes, and an increase in heart rate will very definitely lead to a feeling of fear or anxiety.
3.Mammalian or limbic brainThis brain appeared after millions of years of evolution, and led to animals having emotions, and to suckling and rearing of young by their mothers. The limbic brain melds the circuitry of the enteric nervous system and the reptilian brain into our sense of emotion. Emotions were felt and acted upon long before the ability of animals to reason. Indeed, emotion comes prior to thought, and that is exactly where most people run into great difficulty. Human emotional experience is an immediate and primal response that has very little if anything to do with our ability to reason.
4.NeocortexIn its most highly developed form, the neocortex (a singular gift) avails the ability to reason, deal in abstractions, communicate verbally, and be goal oriented. The neocortex has little if any true understanding of emotions.
5.Prefrontal cortexDescription by en.Wikipedia: The executive function and abilities of the prefrontal cortex:
➤ to differentiate among conflicting thoughts,
➤ determine good and bad, better and best, same and different, future consequences of current activities,
➤ working toward a defined goal, predicting of outcomes, expectation based on actions, and social self "control".
Source: ► Charlie Badenhop, Integrating the body's four brains. The Paradox of Reason and Emotion,
first published in Annual Somatics, AHP Perspective, 2004
Reference: ► Video presentation by Layne Redmond, Your Brain on Drums, YouTube film, 9:02 minutes duration, posted 27. November 2007
The shamanistic and meditative affect of drumming on the brain.
See also: ► Levels of Transformation II – Five brain frames – From survival → service

 

  • Richard Davidson (director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin) presented information about his study with Buddhist monks. He found you can startle a Buddhist monk, and he won't show the startle response, and that was unimaginable. The startle response is more like a reflex – it goes into the brain stem. But with the monks, he reported, there was no facial response, no heart-rate response. Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., US American professor of psychology, University of California, Berkeley, altruism researcher, director of the Greater Good Science Center, author, cited in: Article Public Affairs, presented by Berkeley News, Carol Hyman, 3. November 2003

 

  • The brain is not static. It is meant to change. Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, named among the 100 most influential people by TIME in 2006, cited in: Article Meditating Brain, presented by the bi-monthly US American magazine Mindful, 17. June 2014

Revised insights on the human brain

Ten refuted brain myths
༺༻Brain·stereotypesDescription
1.Only 10% of the brain is being used.Brains require a lot of energy to build and maintain. It makes no sense to carry around surplus brain tissue. PET or fMRI experiment scans show that much of the brain is engaged even during simple tasks. Injury to even a small bit of brain can have profound consequences for language, sensory perception, movement or emotion.
Humans have some brain reserves which leave them unimpaired even when they have physical signs of Alzheimer’s disease (amyloid plaques among neurons) in their brains. Highly motivated people score higher on IQ tests.
2.The brain stops to grow at age 40-70.Some cognitive skills decline with aging. Children are better at concentration games and learning new languages than adults. Young adults are good in memorizing lists of random words, can faster count backward, judge quicker whether two objects are the same or different than older adults.
And plenty of mental skills improve with age. Older people know more words and understand subtle linguistic distinctions. They’re more advanced in in social wisdom, judging character, settling conflicts, regulating their own emotions, and finding meaning in their lives.
3.There are only five senses.Further human senses are: proprioception (body positioning), nociception (pain sensing), sense of balance, sense of body temperature, sense of acceleration, sense of the passage of time.
4.The brain functions like a computer.Descartes compared the brain to a hydraulic machine. Freud likened emotions to pressure building up in a steam engine. Further brain metaphors are: telephone switchboard, electrical circuit, and computer. The brain has no set memory capacity that can be filled. It doesn’t compute in the way a computer does, rather like a web browser or the Internet.
5.Brains are hard-wired.The human brain operates on specialized bits connected along predictable neural pathways (like wires) to take on certain tasks. Those bits communicate in part by releasing ions (pulses of electricity).
The brain is remarkably plastic. In blind people, parts of the brain that normally process sight are instead devoted to hearing. Learning to play the violin "rewires" parts of the brain that are responsible for fine motor control. People with brain injuries can recruit other parts of the brain to compensate for the lost tissue.
6.Head injuries can cause amnesia.Brain injuries don’t selectively impair autobiographical memory. There are two main forms of amnesia: anterograde (the inability to form new memories) and retrograde (the inability to recall past events, caused by Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, thiamine deficiency or other insults).
7."Flashbulb memories" are precise, detailed and persistent.Flashbulb memories (taken i.e. at 911, assassination of President Kennedy) are more vivid than other memories. The allow to remember the exact circumstances of where one was and what one was doing when the news came through. However, these memories decay over time just as other memories do. Without people realizing it, details are forgotten, incorrect ones added.
8.Humans perceive the world accurately.Humans have a limited ability to pay attention and are biased by their expectations or wants. Human perception of the outer environment are driven by expectations and interpretations. They are not built of objective logical observations.
Famous psychology experiment: about half of all viewers told to count the number of times a group of people pass a basketball do not notice that a guy in a gorilla suit is hulking around among the ball-throwers.
9.Male and female brains differ vastly.Men and women have almost entirely overlapping and fully Earth-bound abilities. There are minor differences between male and female brains. Still, sex differences in cognition are massively exaggerated (as in the book Men are from Mars, women are from Venus). Neuroscientists used to claim that head size, spinal ganglia or brain stem structures were the reason for women's inability to think creatively, vote logically or practice medicine. Modern gender difference theories state that men have more specialized brain hemispheres, women more elaborate emotion circuits. Gender stereotypes influence performance test subjects.3
See also: Empirical data on gender-specific brain differences – Louann Brizendine
10.Humans know the source of happiness.Poor people are less happy than the middle class who are just as happy as the rich. Money does make people happier. Pleasures of solitude and leisure are overestimated, social relationships are underestimated. Unhappiness due to loss doesn’t last as long as feared due to remarkable human resilience.
Adapted source: ► Article Top Ten Myths About the Brain, presented by Smithsonian, Laura Helmuth, 20. May 2011

Culture impairing left/right brain conflict – Iain McGilchrist

Author and public speaker Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) iainmcgilchrist.com is a British physician and psychiatrist. First he was a scholar in humanities and literature reading at the New College in Oxford, England.


Iain McGilchrist
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Having suffered depression for most of his adult life, he decided to study for a second degree in medicine. He became the clinical director at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital in London and served as a research fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Massachussetts.
After twenty years of intensified, diversified study and writing his acclaimed book The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World was published by Yale University Press Publication in November 2009.
A reviewer labeled it "the art of deep thinking 101", another one suggested it as mandatory reading for students prior to immatriculation in Western universities. Furthermore, it was found among the "most important books of the 21st century" offering "a grand theory for our times."

 

The bilateral division of the brain occurred very early on in evolution.4

 

Both hemispheres are needed for human survival and mental health. Due to their anatomical and functional differentiation, they are neither equivalent nor redundant. They function each in a distinct way and together as an integrated whole.

  • The wide right hemisphere apprehends the whole and mediates new experiences delving into the unknown,
  • while the narrow left hemisphere provides focus, facts, representing the known. It prefers abstraction to experience and treats living entities mechanistically, thereby pervading modern science and economics.

 

In general, the two hemispheres of the human brain both perform the same (not distinct) functions in distinct (not the same) ways. Contrary to the prevailing bias

✿ the right hemisphere is primary
✿ whereas both hemisphere are meant to work together.
✿ When the left and the right brains share their different but complementary perspectives on the world and cooperate with each other intellectual and spiritual progress toward wholeness is ensured.

 

  • We have been sold a sadly limiting version of who we as human beings are, and how we relate to the world. Inside each one of us there is an intelligence, in fact a superior intelligence, that sees things differently from the way we have been sold – if we would only listen to it. Iain McGilchrist, M.D. Blog The Master and his Emissary: The Book of the Century?, presented by RSA Action and Research Centre, Dr. Jonathan Rowson, senior researcher, Social Brain project, 22. November 2010

 

Since the time of the ancient Greeks the dichotomy of the Apollonian and Dionysian mindframes has not been solved in Western civilization. The "unconscious" battle between the brain hemispheres extended to reductionist-mechanistic cultural and societal developments resulting in a gravely imbalanced Western culture.

 

Audio and video sources:
► Video presentation by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010
►► Blog The Master and his Emissary: The Book of the Century?, presented by RSA Action and Research Centre, Dr. Jonathan Rowson, senior researcher, Social Brain project, 22. November 2010
►► Video animated presentation The divided brain, narrated by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, presented by RSA Animate RSA Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, 11:48 minutes duration filmed October 2011, posted October 2011
► Video presentation by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, Things Are Not What They Seem, presented by Schumacher College, Dartington, United Kingdom, filmed by TV Dartington, 1:29:04 duration, posted 23. May 2011
► Video TV interview with Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, Of Two Minds: The Origins of Our Mental Malaise, presented by Canadian TV station TVO, program Agenda, host Steve Paikin (*1960) Canadian journalist, author, documentary producer, Ontario, YouTube film, 53:10 minutes duration, posted 7. March 2012
► Video lecture entitled Our Mind at War by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Divided Brain, sponsored by the Canadian magazine Literary Review of Canada (LRC), alternative source: Dr. Iain McGilchrist on The Divided Brain (6. May 2012), filmed by Canadian TV station TVO, program, location Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 5. March 2012, YouTube film, 52:08 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2012
► Video presentation by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, Can Brain Science Cast Light on Cultural History?, Slide show (availbable), presented IRC Conference 2012, 13. July 2012, YouTube film, 1:33:44 duration, posted 2. August 2012
► Video presentation by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Courage to Think Differently, sponsored by WICKED PROBLEMS, GREAT OPPORTUNITIES! Leadership and courage for volatile times, Creative Innovation 2012, Australia, 30. November 2012, YouTube film, 14:05 minutes duration, posted 18. December 2012
    
"Our brain works by seeing parts and space and we need to take the broader view."
    Hierarchy of attention: 1) focus on the big picture 2) focus on the details
► Audio interview with Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and his Emissary: the divided brain and the reshaping of Western civilisation, Transcript, presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC Radio National, host Natasha Mitchell, aired 19. June 2010, YouTube film, posted 9. February 2013
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The West's Mass Schizophrenia, part 2 of 2, 14:18 minutes duration
    
"I agree that things are contextual and that there is no absolute truth. Unfortunately, in [the left-hemispheric] postmodernism this often comes to mean that there is no truth at all." Minute 10:23
► Audio interview with Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, Brain Lateralization and Western Culture, presented by the US American web radio station Shrink Rap Radio, MP3, psychology podcast #340, host David Van Nuys, Ph.D., US American professor emeritus of psychology Sonoma State University, California, 1:09:10 duration, aired 28. February 2013
► Video presentation by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, Connection between architecture and neuroscience, symposium Minding Design, sponsored by organized by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation/School of Architecture, and the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 10. November 2012, YouTube film, 1:06:22 duration, posted 29. March 2013
► Video presentation by Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, Anyone with half a brain can see that!, presented by TEDxGhent Talks, Gent, Belgium 22. June 2013, YouTube film, 19:10 minutes duration, posted 11. January 2014

 

See also:
Dignitarian movement – Robert W. Fuller – Naming rankism is liberating the right hemisphere.

Correlating the right hemisphere with the left hemisphere

I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all. Ecclesiastes 9, 11 (OT), New American Standard Bible, 1995

 

Right brain hemisphere ⇔ left brain hemisphere

Right hemisphere of the brainLeft hemisphere of the brain
Broad viewMASTERI·and·Thou5Narrow viewEMISSARYI and It
DreamerFairly accurate tarnisherTrackerGrandiose polisher
Devil's advocate probing possibilitiesDefender relying on probabilities
Open systemDionysian···ErasmianClosed systemApollonian···Machiavellian
Inbetweenness
Zwischenheit
AmbiguitySelf-consistent6Self-deluding "certainty"

 

FocusRight hemisphere of the brainLeft hemisphere of the brain
Key wordsNewness, context, "big picture", interdependent
relationship, intuition, empathy, inclusivenes,
creativity, dreams, pattern recognition, recognition of individuals, synthesis, systems-thinking, coherence, emergence, decentration, autopoeisis, organism, mythos (storytelling), dignity
Both-and, Pull modus (access, full potential
realization, attraction-serendipity), Gatherer-nurturer
Images (Goddess), Hindsight-kindsight, Minor key, Circle, Tree of life, Power, Being
Yin / Feminine: Cooperation, messiness/mystery, we/ours, diversity/creativity, love in abundance
Well-known, facts, details, independence, logic, efficiency, recognition of categories, self-interest, exclusivity,  individuation, analysis, concentration, allopoeisis, mechanism, logos, pride
Either-or, Push modus, Hunter-killer, Written Word (God), Mindsight-hindsight, Major key, Square, Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Force, Having
Yang / Masculine: Competition, control/order, mine/yours, monoculture, fear in scarcity
Key phrasesNative wisdom: "Men is men's best remedy."
Ubuntu philosophy: "I am because we are."
After 1757-1948: "All men are created equal."
SatyagrahaAloha SpiritNamasteLikeverd7
Plautus, 195 BC: "Man is man's wolf."
René Descartes, 1637: "I think, therefore I am."
Before 1757-1948: All men are born unequal.
TypesNarrator, poet, comedian, learner, sage, giver,
universalist (triality), Homo reciprocans
Sourcerer's apprentice, specialist in denial, "Berlusconi", bureaucrat (accountant), learned, eternal optimist, taker, individualist (duality), Homo economicus
ActionsPresent, discover, listen, deepen, downplay
participate

erkennen, connaître
Tend-and-befriend response8
Re-present, manipulate, speak, flatten, exaggerate
kennen, savoir
Fight-or-freeze-or-flight response
Modus operandiBe still, know God, and heal.9
Solve.
Run, divide and conquer!
Coagula.
EmotionsMelancholy, (be)longing, calmAnger, bliss, risk-prone excitement
CharacteristicsInterconnected, fluid, living, subtle, non-attached, romantic-unreasonable, indirect, complex, cooperative, uncertain, inclined to humour, playful, curios, leisurely, creative, tentative, mature
"Deeper, easier, slower"
Separate, fixed, static, distinct, utilitarian, simplified, concrete, direct, closed, competitive, certain, active, action-orientated, impatient, pensive, literal, disembodied, purposeful, productive, youthful
"Bigger, better, faster"
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
But we have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921

Power [right brain] always results in a win-win solution, force [left brain] produces win-lose situations. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, S. 167, Hay House, February 2002
Related literature: ► Erich Fromm (1900-1980) US American social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist,
humanistic philosopher, author, To Have or to Be?, Harper & Row, 1976

 

Quotes by Iain McGilchrist – Left/right brain dichotomy and conflict

Quotes from Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar,
New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and His Emissary.
The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
, Yale University Press Publication, November 2009
"[T]hey [both brain hemispheres] stand in opposition to one another, and need to be kept apart from one another – hence the bihemispheric structure of the brain." Pg. ?
[The two halves in the brain seem to] "coexist together on a daily basis, but have fundamentally different sets of values, and therefore priorities [as do extroverts and introverts], which means that over the long term they are likely to come into conflict. Although each is crucially important, and delivers valuable aspects of the human condition, and though each needs the other for different purposes, they seem destined to pull apart." Pg. ?
"The right hemisphere is inclusive in its attitude to what the left hemisphere might know, but the left hemisphere is exclusive of the right. Where the right hemisphere's world responds to negative feedback, the left hemisphere gets locked ever further into its own point of view. Its capacities are limited to doing the same things it has always done, and no more." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010
"What makes us happy is not wealth but the reciprocal relationship between ourselves and one another, ourselves and the world. This is something the right hemisphere alone understands, since it is the ground of empathy and interconnectedness, where the left hemisphere is concerned with manipulation and sees the world atomistically." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010
"[T]hey have a different take on everything, but equally they have a take on their relationship. The left hemisphere thinks it can go about it alone, it can't see the point to the right hemisphere. It doesn't know what it doesn't know, but the right hemisphere does know what it doesn't know. It's aware that it needs the left hemisphere. […] [I]t's not about thinking vs. feeling, but about two ways of thinking and two ways of feeling." Presentation Things Are Not What They Seem, Schumacher College, Dartington, United Kingdom, minute 1:26:15, 1:29:04 duration, posted 23. May 2011

Quotes by Iain McGilchrist – Left brain hemisphere ⇔ right brain hemisphere

Left hemisphere of the brainRight hemisphere of the brain
"The left hemisphere is always engaged in a purpose: it always has an end in view, and downgrades whatever has no instrumental purpose in sight." Pg. 174"The right hemisphere, by contrast, has no designs on anything. It is vigilant for whatever is, a relationship of concern or care with whatever happens to be." Pg. 174
Operating in the left hemisphere world:
Utilitarianism vs. common sense

"Knowledge and skill are replaced by paper qualifications. Judgement is replaced by "process"." Pg. 429
"Family relationships, religion, teachers, and doctors are viewed with suspicion. Reasonableness would be replaced by rationality. There would be a complete failure of common sense because it would require both hemispheres working together. Anger and aggressive behavior would become more evident in social interactions due to emotions which predominate the left hemisphere." Pg. 432
"Art would become conceptual, bizarre perspectives would become the norm. Music would be reduced to little more than rhythm." Pg. 433
"[The right hemisphere understands morality based on assessments that are] unconscious and intuitive, deeply bound up with our emotional sensitivity to others. Empathy is intrinsic to morality." Pg. 86
"[The left hemisphere understands morality as what is best on the basis of utilitarian calculation or enlightened self-interest.]" Pg. 428"[I]t appears essential for the creation of full human consciousness and imagination that the right hemisphere places itself in a position of vulnerability to the left. The right hemisphere, the one that believes, but does not know, has to depend on the other, the left hemisphere, that knows, but does not believe. […] If the relationship holds, they are invincible […]." Pg. 428
"The knowledge that is mediated by the left hemisphere is knowledge within a closed system. It has the advantage of perfection, but such perfection is bought ultimately at the price of emptiness." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010"The right hemisphere's take on the world is far more complex and nuanced. Instead of distinct mechanisms, the right hemisphere sees interconnected, living, embodied entities. In communication the right hemisphere recognizes all that is nonverbal, metaphorical, ironic or humorous, where the left is literalistic. The right is at ease with ambiguity and the idea that opposites may be compatible." The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010
"[T]he left hemisphere gives narrow, sharply focused attention to detail." The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 10:23, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010§The right hemisphere gives sustained, broad, open, vigilance, alertness." The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate RSA Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 10:12, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010
[The left hemisphere] "is dependent on denotative language and abstraction, yields clarity and power to manipulate things that are known, fixed, static, isolated, de-contextualised, explicit, disembodied, general in nature but ultimately lifeless." The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 17:45, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010[The right hemisphere] "yields a world of individual, changing, evolving, interconnected, implicit, incarnate, living beings within the context of the lived world. And the nature of things is never fully graspable, never perfectly known as we think. And this world exists in a certain relationship, rather than just objective statistics." The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, presented by RSA Animate, RSA VISION event, YouTube film, minute 18:05, 32:12 minutes duration, posted 22. November 2010
See also: ► Key phrases describing the hyperdimensional cultural psychosis spanning ages
Goals ⇔ process and ► Balanced characteristics of creative people – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and ► Pride culture and ► Dignity culture
Siehe auch: ► Gegenüberstellung von Patristik und Matristik – Patrix ⇔ Matrix

Brain lateralization resulting in 2,500 years of split Western culture – Iain McGilchrist


Cultural war of the brains – Evolutionary phases of the Western civilization
☯ * ☯ * ☯ Exclusionary denial of opposites ☯ * ☯ * ☯☯ * ☯ * ☯ *** Bringing opposites together *** ☯ * ☯ * ☯
Period of
left-brain
domination
LegendTimelinePeriod of right-brain balancingLegendTimeline
1.Pre-Socratic philosophies
by Parmenides
and Plato[*]
The idea 'opposites can agree' became anathema.540-483 BC
427-347 BC
AthensPoetry and tragedy
preparing for philosophy
5th-6th
century BC
2.Roman EmpireIntensified left-brained domination
Invention of concrete
32 BC-1453 ADAugustan era in Rome 30 BC-14 AD
3.Consolidated ChristianityAbstract theology imposing conformity and uniformity325 ADEarly ChristianitySpiritual insights33 AD-~300 AD
4.ReformationSplitting Christianity into outer and inner worlds, wrath1517Christian mysticism 33 AD onwards
5.Age of EnlightenmentHubristic age of rationality
Irrational reasonableness gave way to rational unreasonableness.
18th
century
RenaissancePreparing the way to the Reformation15th-beg
17th century
6.French RevolutionLiterally cutting off the head(s) from body
Schizophrenic thinker Descartes: "Things can be seen clearly only if they are seen singly, one by one."10
1789RomanticismPreparing the way to the Industrial Revolution1712-186411
Peak: ~1800-1850
7.Industrial RevolutionOne-sided materialism and scientism~1760-1840   
8.ModernismFragmentating reality: cubism, surrealism, abstract artLate 19th century-1945   
9.Weimar cultureDecadence1920s   
10.PostmodernismFalse conclusion: There is no truth at all.1950s   
11.Unsustainable materialism/consumerism
Homo economicus
Growing income and status gaps12 / 13[Status 2013] Grassroot spiritual renaissance
Homo sociologicus Homo reciprocans
Social media movements14,
Occupy, eco-wisdom, dignitarian movements
2010s
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Lateralization of brain function
See also: ► Historic timetable of evolution – Goddess vs. Alphabet (right and left brain hemispheres) – Leonard Shlain

 

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McGilchrist suggests the master (RB) has been ever more betrayed by its emissary (LB), especially over the last 200 years.

  • [*] "[O]ver the past 2,500 years, there has been a kind of battle going on in our brains, the result of which has been, despite swings of the pendulum, an ever greater reliance on the left hemisphere." Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953), The Battle of the Brain, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, 2. January 2010

 

 

Idealistic philosopher Isaiah Berlin listed the three basic tenets of scientific truth finding in the Age of Enlightenment:

 

  • "The French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution were products of the left hemisphere in keeping with its competitive, confident manner, and its belief in its unassailable rightness – in a manner which is absolute and intolerant and sweeps away opposition. It was man's most brazen attempt for power over the natural world." Iain McGilchrist, M.D. iainmcgilchrist.com (*1953) British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Master and His Emissary. The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, S. 386, Yale University Press Publication, 30. October 2009

 

 

  • "[N]one of these things seem to me to bear any scrutiny when you look at life. And these things were known in other eras, certainly known in the Renaissance. And it has something to do with the loss of [soul] embodiment. It’s this cerebralisation and abstraction that went on and is still the key note, I’m afraid, in an awful lot of Western philosophy such as, in my view, the entirely sterile Anglo-American analytic tradition." Iain McGilchrist, M.D. (*1953), The Triumph of the Left Brain?, presented by berfrois, 7. June 2012

Intention Experiment (2008) – Lynne McTaggart

Results of the Intention Experiment
Discoveries of the Zero Field:
Scientifically controlled, web-based Intention experiments tested the power of
collectively focused intention to change the physical world.
༺•༻Holistic interconnected zero field discovery
Right brain hemisphere
Confuted reductionist mechanistic thesis
Left brain hemisphere
1.Men are indivisible from their environment.
Nature vs. nurture is obsolete.
People are isolated from the world.
2.Living consciousness is an integrated entity
increasing order in the world.
The brain is the isolated seat of consciousness.
3.Cells and DNA communicate through frequencies.Humans are survival machines powered by genetic coding.
4.Communication occurs in the subatomic world.
A universal recording medium allows that everything communicates with everything else.
5.The brain perceives incoming signals in pulsating waves.
6.Human consciousness has the power to heal oneself and the world.
Sources featuring Lynne McTaggart (*1951) US American spokesperson "on consciousness, the new physics, and the practices of conventional and alternative medicine", lecturer, journalist, publisher, author of the international bestseller Living The Field, 2003, updated 2008
► Video interview The Intention Experiment, presented by the US American Conscious Media Network via Gaiam TV, host Regina Meredith, 52:49 minutes duration, posted March 2008  
Subject to fee
Article The experiments intention, presented by theintentionexperiment.com, undated
Book The Intention Experiment, Atria Books, paperback, 5. February 2008
See also: ► Intention and ► Attractor

Brain dangers and brain hygiene – Daniel Amen

Avoid unhealthy conditions and habits damaging for the brain.
  1. Brain injuries [Do not engage in risky sports.]
  2. Drugs and alcohol [Drink max. 2 cups of coffee per day.]
  3. Smoking
  4. Obesity
  5. Sleep apnea
  6. High blood pressure (major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease)
  7. Diabetes
  8. High sugar diet
  9. Toxic environments (i.e. handling paint)
  10. Chronic stress (kills cells in the memory centers and adds fat to the belly)
  11. Lack of physical exercise
  12. Too much pleasure [Disengage from dopamine overload via sugar, gambling, Internet pornography, etc..]

 

Engage in regular health and brain enhancing habits.
  1. Social connections [share time in and be part of a community. Get 9-12 hugs a day.]
  2. Learning new skills
  3. Conscious diet [Eat whole unprocessed food [skip potatoes, pasta] spinach, green leafy vegetables, avocado, walnuts, organic blueberries.]
  4. Wise calories spending
  5. Omega3 fatty acids [Take fish oil (alternatively flagseed oil).]
  6. Targeted supplements
  7. Green tea [Drink up to 3 cups of green tea per day.]
  8. Physical exercise [Walk 30 minutes per day. Include 4 spurts of fast running for 1 minute each time.]
  9. Deep breathing exercise (prevention of panick attacks) [Do it twice a day followed by meditation.]
  10. Gratitude [Journal of 3-5 things you are grateful for every day.]
  11. Prayer
  12. Enough healthy sleep [Sleep 8-9 hours daily – preferably naked, in a dark room.]
Source: ► Video presentation by Daniel Amen, M.D. amenclinics.net US American physician, child and adult neuropsychiatrist, medical director of the Amen Clinic, self-help advisor, lecturer, author, Fit, Fun and Faith, sponsored by Saddleback Church, Daniel Plan series, event at New Community Church, 31. July 2011, YouTube film, 42:47 minutes duration, posted by newcommunitychurchmv 13. August 2011

Facts on male and female brains

Male brains ⇔ female brains
Facts about menFacts about womenRemark
Men use about 7,000 words per day.Women use about 20,000 words per day.
Men get excitement from things like playing and watching sports – and also from watching women.Women get lots of comfort from talking.As they talk, their body releases a brain hormone called oxytocin, which is a "feel-good" hormone.
Men have 2.5 times the brain space devoted to the sexual drive than women.In the brain centers for language and hearing, women have 11% more neurons than men.The principle hub of both emotion and memory formation – the hippocampus – is also larger in the female brain, as is the brain circuitry for language and observing emotions in others.
Men have larger brain centers for action and aggression than women.Women are less aggressive and less action oriented than men.
On average, sexual thoughts float through a man's brain every 52 seconds.Only once a day (perhaps three to four times on her most fertile days) sexual thoughts float through a woman's brain.
See also:
Empirical data on gender-specific brain differences – Louann Brizendine
Male and female brains – Corpus callossum and hypothalamus

Joy hormones – Brain chemicals inducing happiness

Surges of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin or endorphins induce wellbeing.
༺༻Brain·chemicalGood feeling effectTriggered by
1.DopamineLoveApproaching a reward
[like food]
Pursuing a new goal
2.SerotoninLoveGetting respect
Social status, pride,
hierarchy: "I did it!"
Feeling being respected [behind one's back]
3.OxytocinLoveTrusting one's companyBuilding social trust with others step by step and enjoying it
4.EndorphinsEuphoric feelingMasking physical pain
[like injury, giving birth]
Physical exercise, sweat producing effort
Laughing and crying

NOTE: Dopamine-Norepinephrine-Oxytocin-Serotonin are called both the "fabulous four" and the "fearsome four" brain chemicals.

Sources featuring Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., US American professor emerita of International Management, California State University, East Bay, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute
Video presentation This is your mammal brain – Loretta Breuning, YouTube film, 14:58 minutes duration, posted 29. April 2012
Video interview How to Stimulate your natural happy chemicals, presented by US American broadcasting station AskimoTV, 9:57 minutes duration, aired ~2013
Book Meet Your Happy Chemicals. Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 14. February 2012
Article The Neurochemical Self: Loretta Graziano Breuning PhD, presented by happyhints.co.uk, ~2014
Siehe auch: ► Glücksforschung – Happiness research

Pain relief ♦ Reward ♦ Joy ♦ Love

A brain center complex covers four brain circuits at once:

  1. Pain relief
  2. Reward
  3. Love and human connection
  4. Joy and elation.

 

The healthy development of this complex in infants depends on the constant reliable presence of a non stressed emotionally available parenting care giver.

 

Endorphins are natural opiates (morphin like substances) produced in and by the body. They are chemicals to enhance joy and love as well as to soothe pain and supply reward.

⚑ Endorphins are essential for physical and emotional pain relief.
⚑ Endorphins support the immune system to fight off diseases.
⚑ Endorphins are connected with the feeling of reward (satisfaction).
⚑ Endorphins are love chemicals present when infants connect with their parents.
⚑ Endorphins are present with the feeling (state) of joy and elation.

 

Food, sex, drugs (i.e. opiates, antidepressants) are substitutes to suppress physical pain and emotional stress and to give reward (in search of joy and love). The abusive intake of these means may lead to addictions. When impulse control and stress control are damaged as well it's hard to overcome addictions induced by deficiently developed brain circuits.

Right brain/left brain dichotomy – Leonhard Shlain

Leonard Shlain, M.D. (1937-2009) was a US American polymath, researcher, chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery at the UC San Francisco and writer. An avid reader and storyteller, he was able to keep many stories and facts which he had picked up in mind. He could make sense out of them by sequencing them anew.


Corpus callosum from above

Attempting to understand the right brain/left brain dichotomy, he found that the most creative people are found among:

  • wo-men, homosexual, bald-headed in early age, color-blind and lefthanded.

 

In various societies about 51% of the population are women and 8-11% are homosexuals, lefthanders, and color-blind. Apparently these more rare conditions result in a much broader corpus callosum, the bridge between both hemispheres of their brains. The brain halves of women, gays, lefthanders, and color-blind are more closely interlaced than those of heterosexual, righthanded, haired men.

 

Assymmetry in male/female biology – availing an advantage in hunting

  • 8% of men are gay. – 5% of women are lesbian.
  • 8% of men are left-handed. – 5% of women are left-handed.
  • 8% of men are color-blind. – No woman is color-blind.
  • 8% of men are bald headed in their prime – No woman is bald headed.

Humans exhibit the most expressive homosexuality among all species – to provide meat to the tribe, especially to iron deficient women.

1 of 12 men is color-blind whereas the percentage of the colorblind among gay men is higher than among heterosexual men. Color-blind men (in a hunting party consisting of 9 men) are needed to detect camouflages in a war or at a hunt.
8% of the men are bald in their primes. 40% of the men get bald at a later age. For keeping one's brain warm one needs hair.
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The myth that balded men are sexier than the haired men results from their hunting advantage to bring home more meat.

15.000 years ago bald men in the Serengeti could get closer to the prey by the surprise effect.
In most populations the percentage of lefthanded people is 8 percent, whereas 92% are righthanded. This ratio turns out pretty constant over the centennials.
Interesting ethnic differences: The English population has 15% lefties (which is the highest percentage in the world). This may explain their eccentricity. The Japanese population has 2% lefties, which counts for the lowest percentage in the world.

 

Differing language skills between men and women
With women in general (incl. lesbians), lefties, color-blind, bald headed men, gays, and memory superbrains the distribution of language skills is much less one-sided. They have a bigger corpus callosum which serves them to communicate their emotions – stored in the right brain and mostly translated and expressed via the left brain – in a more explicit way.

 

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Females have at least twenty percent more neurons than males in the brain's Broca area (where language is produced), and up to 18% more volume in the Wernicke's area (where language is interpreted).

During infancy girls develop first the left hemisphere which is the brain's language center for most people whereas the order is reversed for boys which allows them to develop their spatial ability.

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95% of the language skills of straight man are in the left brain (so called masculine side), whereas only 5% thereof are in the right hemisphere (so called feminine side). Among elderly stroke victims, women recover their speech much more quickly than men. A stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain leaves heterosexual men devastated as their speech faculty is basically gone.

Girls talk earlier than boys, have a larger pre-school vocabulary, and form more complex sentences. In school, they are one to one-and-a-half years ahead of boys in reading and writing, verbal memory and fluency, and spelling. Boys are twice as likely to have a language or reading problem and three to four times more likely to stutter. On average, girls utter two to three times more words per day than boys and speak faster (twice as many words per minute).


 

Musical abilities reside predominantly in the right hemisphere of the brain. The right parietal lobe and the right frontal lobe light up with trained musicians who are able to play music by ear. When a musician has learned how to write and to read music his right and left brains light up. The emotional aspects of music are received by the right brain, the tempo of music is perceived by the left brain.


 

Dyslexic children are predominantly male. The ratio of dyslexia is 9 boys and 1 girl. Possibly due to a failure of hemispheric dominance they find it difficult to decipher the alphabet, a leftbrained activity. Traditionally, 90% of the language centers reside in the left hemisphere of right-handed people. In a right-handed dyslexic, the distribution of language centers is found to be 80/20 or 70/30. Dyslexia seems to have erupted with the introduction of the image-dominant TV-set which enabled an entire generation to devalue the left hemispheric mode of knowing. Television may well be the agent of equilibrating the human brain's two differing modes of perception.
Many dyslexics are talented artists, architects, musicians, composers, dancers, healers, animal whisperer, and surgeons.

 

The ethical development happens in the frontal lobes within late puberty and continues during adulthood.


 

The Italian polymath (painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer) Leonardo da Vinci(1452-1519) is likely the only human being in recorded history who could have won a Nobel Prize in both

  1. the right-brain dominant discipline of art as well as in
  2. the left-brain dominant field of science.

Shlain, inspired by his namesake, found that the ambi-brained balanced genius da Vinci was an illegitimate child, a vegetarian, a bilingual, a synaesthetic, a homosexual, and a composer of music. He was lefthanded, ambidextrous, mirror writing, and hook writing. He was neither bald in young age nor color-blind or dyslexic.

 

Source: ► Audio interview with Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer of Art and Physics, The Alphabet vs. the Goddess, Sex, Time, and Power, Leonard Shlain Interview, location University of Toronto’s CIUT, presented by US American web radio station Massive Change, host Jennifer Leonard, 54:24 minutes duration, aired 7. October 2003
See also:Male and female brains – Corpus callossum and hypothalamus

 

The recurring pattern of the classical era, medieval era, Renaissance and modern times is:
First the visionary artist sees the world in a new way followed by a new paradigmal discovery of a revolutionary physicist.
Video presentation by Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light, presented by Zeitgeist: Art, Gender and Physics, YouTube film, 54:04 minutes duration, posted 1. November 2012

 

Masculine creeds evolved with the written word in an alphabet. The first two Commandments of the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament [first book issued 900 BC] reject the influence of the Goddess (right brain, Yin) and ban any form of representative art. Women were forbidden to be priestesses in the 3rd millennium when the New Testament was transcribed.
Since the introduction of photography and TV [emitting/inducing alpha and theta brain waves] we witness the rise of the feminine and the decline of the male (left brain, Yang) dominance after 5,000 years of patriarchy.

 

Buddha, Socrates, and Jesus delivered feminine right-brained oral teachings. Video presentation by Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, The Alphabet vs. The Goddess, sponsored by Pepperdine University, Malibu California, The Distinguished Lecture Series, November 2006, YouTube film, minute 37:43, 1:15:14 duration, posted 1. November 2012

 

70,000 years ago when people migrated out of Africa women in the Northern hemisphere wanted iron to cover the enormous loss of iron during menstruation, birth, pregnancy and breast feeding. They loose 40 pints of blood over a lifetime during mensis. The fetus sucks out one 1/8 of iron from a woman. Out of 4000 species of mammals less than 100 experience menses, 31 of which are primates including the humans. [min. 18:30] It is considered "normal" that women have 15% less hemoglobin and red cells than men.
Men started to hunt animals for women. Humans spent 99% of their experience as hunters/gatherers. (Tribes consisted of 150-225 persons (cp. Dunbar's number); hunting parties consisted of 9-12 men in their prime.)
The unparalleled female orgasm secured conception. The G-spot serves as the antedote to birth pain.

 

Youth, health and beauty [subcutaneous fat, pheromenes] most attracts men to women.

 

Men tend to think with their penis, women (young girls) tend to think with their heart. Neither think with their brains, unfortunately. Video presentation by Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, "The Big O", YouTube film, minute 51:27, 53:56 minutes duration, posted 1. November 2012

All humans are psychic hermaphrodites. We all have an anima and an animus, as Jung described. Video presentation by Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, "The Big O", YouTube film, minute 36:17, 53:56 minutes duration, posted 1. November 2012

 

See also: ► Macrohistoric timetable of evolution: Goddess ⇔ Alphabet ♦ Images ⇔ Writing ♦ Right ⇔ left brain hemispheres

Comparative neuropolitics stress / brain study results – conservatives and liberals

In 2011 cognitive neuroscientist Ryota Kanai performed MRI scans on
the brains of 90 British male and female students at University College London.
The results of his brain study were published in the scientific journal Current Biology, issue 21(8), S. 677-680, 2011.

 

Differences in the brains of conservatives and liberals
Focus
Reaction
Brain statusConservatives
Republicans
Liberals
Democrats
FearAmygdala15
Memory of (anxiety-based) emotions
Larger in size
Increased amount of gray matter
Normal in size
Normal amount of gray matter
Threat-fearExposure to stress*
Threatening images
Greater skin conductance response
Greater sympathetic nervous system response
Lesser skin conductance response
Lesser sympathetic nervous system response
FrightExposure to stress*
Unexpected noise
Stronger startle reflex
As measured by strength of eyeblink
Less strong startle reflex
As measured by strength of eyeblink
Uncertainty
Handling conflicting information
Anterior cingulate cortex16 (ACC)
Monitoring uncertainty
(Stress*)
Normal in size
(Normal amount of gray matter)
Larger in size
(Increased amount of gray matter)
Accuracy of perception
Dealing with conflicting situations
Activity rate in the brain circuits
(Stress*)
2.2 times higher4.9 times higher
Moral behavior
Oxytocin is a key ingredient to moral development.17
Oxytocin (hormone) levelLess oxytocinMore oxytocin
Including Independents
Note: Conservative (authoritarian) personalities tend to block distracting information i.e. tend to be in denial.
* Stress Brain scan studies show decreased activity in different parts of the frontal lobes when exposed to different forms of stress. Mental and physical activities (meditation, unfocussing, focussing, intense cognitive work, exercise) that increase frontal brain activity decrease stress. Continued stress shrinks the size of the frontal lobe.
Source: Brain study on stress conducted by JL Hanson, MK Chung, BB Avants, KD Rudolph, EA Shirtcliff, JC Gee, RJ Davidson, SD Pollak, department of psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, Structural variations in prefrontal cortex mediate the relationship between early childhood stress and spatial working memory, presented by the weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal The Journal of Neuroscience, issue 32(23), S. 7917-7925, 6. June 2012

 

Written sources:
Article Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain, presented by US American daily newspaper Los Angeles Times, Denise Gellene, 10. September 2007
Book Paul Zak, Ph.D. (*1962) US American professor of (neuro)economics and neurology, mathematician, oxytocin researcher, Claremont Graduate University, The Center for Neuroeconomics Studies (CNS), Southern California, author, The Moral Molecule. The Source of Love and Prosperity, Dutton Adult, 10. May 2012
Article New Studies Show Liberals and Conservatives Have Different Brain Structures. Psychiatrist Gail Saltz explains why it's so hard for the two groups to get along., presented by AlterNet, Alexandra Rosenmann, 6. June 2016
Audio interview: ► Gabor Maté, M.D. drgabormate.com (*1944) Hungarian-Canadian physician, addiction expert, speaker, author, Failed War on Drugs, drug decriminalization, and addiction, last third of MP3 audio, presented by US American broadcasting station Citizen Radio, aired 2. November 2012
Video source: ► Presentation by Gail Saltz, US American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, television commentator, columnist, author, Liberal vs. Conservative: A Neuroscientific Analysis with Gail Saltz, presented by the US American web portal Big Think, Reference, YouTube film, 14:24 minutes duration, posted 29. May 2016
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Biology and political orientation
See also: ► Politics and ► Politics and ► Violence and ► Culture

Healing individual trauma and transforming culture and society – Peter Levine

Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (*1942) is a US American therapist who specialized in the treatment and understanding
of chronic stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or tonic immobility. In studying how wild animals
recovered from trauma, he developed the trauma therapy Somatic Experiencing.

 

Four waves of psychotherapy
Effective trauma healing comprises four imprinted brains/layers of experience.
Trauma affects the nervous systems of individuals as well as society.
Wave of therapyEmotional layer[*]Triune brainActivation of brain regionFocus of psychotherapy
Helping the client to
1st layerTertiary emotions
Cognitive
Youngest·brainPrimarily using the conscious mind,
primate or neocortical regions of the brain
Becoming conscious of
psychological patterns
2nd layerSecondary emotions
Behavioral
Middle brainMammalian limbic regions of the brainEliciting healing
Corrective emotional experiences
3rd layerPrimary emotions
Affective
Oldest brainBrain stem, reptilian midbrainFreeing up stuck patterns of chronic activation or freezing
4th layerPrimary emotions
Core Self
WHOLE brainCortical, limbic and midbrain regions of the human brainIntegration
Engaging human resources on all levels
Sources: Audio dialogues with Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (*1942) US American therapist specializing in the treatment and understanding of chronic stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, tonic immobility), developer of Somatic Experiencing®, educator, author
Creating Health In a Traumatized Society, presented by US American webcast The Beyond Awakening, host Terry Patten, US American integral evolutionary leader, coach, author, 60 minutes duration, aired 11. November 2012
Resolving Trauma and the "4th Wave" of Psychotherapy, presented by US American webcast The Beyond Awakening Community Blog, host Terry Patten, US American integral evolutionary leader, coach, author,  aired 11. November 2012
See also:
[*]Seven primary affective systems – Jaak Panksepp
Four basic brains and the ethical brain
Five types of brain waves
Four stages of shadow integration
Four systemic practices of humiliation
Cubic cosmology as opposed to spheric cosmology – Wallace Black Elk
Four collective denial patterns – Breaking taboos
Three challenging lessons in life
Trauma and ► Healing and ► Transformation and ► Culture and ► Sociology

Nine integrative functions of the middle prefrontal cortex – Daniel Siegel

The middle prefrontal circuits of the brain may carry out the so called vertical integration
by interlinking body-proper, brainstem, limbic circuits, and cortex.
Fibers physically connect somatic and vertically distributed neural structures with one another.
Various independent basic brain research studies have shown that
the middle prefrontal areas are crucial for generating the following nine aspects of life:

Interlinked integrative processes in the middle prefrontal cortex
StageFunction·capacityDescription
1.Body·regulationBalancing the sympathetic (accelerator) and parasympathetic (brakes) branches of the autonomic nervous system
2.Attuned·communicationEnabling one to tune into others’ states and link minds
3.Emotional balancePermitting the lower limbic regions to become aroused enough so life has meaning, but not too aroused to become flooded
4.Fear extinctionNeutralizing the effects of being traumatized
Physiological process: GABA (inhibitory neurotransmitter) fibers project down to the amygdala
and enable fearful responses to be calmed.
5.Response flexibilityEnabling one to pause before acting [foregoing "knee-jerk" reactions] and inhibit impulses allowing time to reflect on the various options for response
6.EmpathyConsidering the mental perspective of another person
7.InsightSelf-knowing awareness, the gateway to one's autobiographical narratives and self-understanding, connecting the past, present and future
8.MoralityThe capacity to consider of the larger good, and to act on pro-social ideas, even when alone, requires an intact middle prefrontal region of the brain.
9.Intuition  Embodied
Inspiration  Inspirited
Being aware of the input of one's body, especially information from the neural networks surrounding intestines ("gut feeling") and one's heart ("heartfelt feelings") enables one to be open to the wisdom of the non-conceptual Self
Sources: Adapted from Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. drdansiegel.com (*1957) US American clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA, co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA, executive director of the Mindsight Institute, educator, author
Article An Interpersonal Neurobiology Approach to Psychotherapy: Awareness, Mirror Neurons, and Neural Plasticity in the Development of Well-Being, presented by ithou Esalen website, John Francis Callahan, 15. October 2007, updated 26. January 2010
Video presentation Goldie Hawn and Dan Siegel, presented by TEDMED Talks 2009, YouTube film, 19:00 minutes duration, posted 3. May 2010
Listing the nine integrative functions of the middle prefrontal cortex  Minute 15:30Brain hygiene practice for neural integration  Minute 16:30

Eight principles of neurodiversity

Results of neurodiversity research
༺༻Brain research insightExplanatory remark
1.The human brain works more like an ecosystem than a machine. The human brain isn’t hardware or software, it’s wetware.
2.Human brains exist along continuums of competence. Disablities are spectrums or continuums of competence. Dyslexia is part of a spectrum that includes normal reading ability.
3.Human competence is defined by the values of the culture to which you belong. Categories of disability often deeply reflect the values of a culture.  Dyslexia, for example, is based upon the social value that everyone be able to read.  One hundred and fifty years ago, this wasn’t the case, and dyslexia was unknown.
4.Whether one is regarded as disabled or gifted depends largely on when and where one was born.  In other times and other places, there have been different disability/ability diagnoses depending upon cultural values. In modern India there are people who would be labeled in the West as schizophrenic, but who are regarded as holy beings by the local population.
5.Success in life is based on adapting one’s brain to the needs of the surrounding environment. We need is to adapt to our current contemporary culture. A dyslexic person needs to learn how to read, an autistic individual needs to learn how to relate to others socially, a schizophrenic individual needs to think more rationally and so forth.
6.Success in life also depends on modifying your surrounding environment to fit the needs of your unique brain (Niche construction). It is futile to make a neurodiverse person adapt to the environment. It is advisable to devise ways of helping an individual change their surrounding environment to fit the needs of their unique brain.
7.Niche construction includes career and lifestyle choices, assistive technologies, human resources, and other life-enhancing strategies tailored to the specific needs of a neurodiverse individual. There are many tools, resources, and strategies for altering the environment so that it it meshes with the needs of a neurodiverse brain.
8.Positive niche construction directly modifies the brain, which in turn enhances its ability to adapt to the environment. In experiments with mice, neuroscientists have shown that a more enriching environment results in a more complex network of neuronal connections in the brain. This more complex brain, in turn, has an easier time adapting to the needs of the surrounding environment.
Sources:
Article Neurodiversity. A Concept Whose Time Has Come, presented by American Institute for Learning and Human Development
Book by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., US American executive director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, educator, speaker, author, The Power of Neurodiversity. Unleashing the Advantages of Your Differently Wired Brain, Cambridge, Massachussetts, DaCapo Lifelong/Perseus Books, 4. October 2011

Brain study on habitual liars


The Liar (novel)

 

A USC study has found the first proof of structural brain abnormalities in people who habitually lie, cheat and manipulate others. While previous research has shown that there is heightened activity in the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that enables most people to feel remorse or learn moral behavior – when normal people lie, this is the first study to provide evidence of structural differences in that area among pathological liars.

The USC study of pathological liars showed first evidence of structural differences
in the area of the brain that enables most people to feel remorse.

 

Aside from having histories of conning others or using aliases, the habitual liars also admitted to malingering, or telling falsehoods to obtain sickness benefits. After they were categorized, the researchers used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to explore structural brain differences between the groups. "Liars had significantly more 'white matter' and slightly less 'gray matter' than those they were measured against." "Pathological liars' can’t always tell truth from falsehood and contradict themselves in an interview. They are manipulative and they admit they prey on people. They are very brazen in terms of their manner, but very cool when talking about this."

 

Source: ► Usha Sutliff, Liars' Brains Wired Differently, presented by usc.edu, 29. September 2005

 

Links (engl.) zum Thema Neurowissenschaft / Neuro science

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

Bicameralism (psychology)

Wikipedia entry: Descartes' Error

Combining the disciplines of Autogenic Training and Biofeedback Training

Book review: Oppositional Thinking. Reconciling the two hemispheres of the brain, presented by Los Angeles Review of Books, Gary Lachman, 9. February 2012

Joining modern science with ancient teachings

Externe Weblinks



In den 60er Jahren schloss der Polygraph-Wissenschaftler Cleve Backster (1924-2013) seine Lieblingspflanze an einen Lügendetektor an.

Deutsch-schweizerisches Experiment zur Manipulation der Selbstwahrnehmung; Studie "Video Ergo Sum: Manipulating Bodily Self-Consciousness"

Die menschliche Seele korreliert mit dem limbischen System.

External web links (engl.)


Power of compassion. Buddhist monks produce gamma waves. Study results were published at the US American nonprofit, non-governmental organization National Academy of Sciences (NAS), November 2004.

Gott ist in den Dendriten. Gelingt es der Neurotheologie, den Spalt zwischen Religion und Wissenschaft zu überbrücken?

A study suggests soldiers form loyal "Bands of Brothers" fighting and dying for each other because they have the same instincts that let mothers ferociously protect their newborns.

The brain doesn't distinguish between physical pain and intense emotional pain. Science [a study led by Ethan Kross, Ph.D., dept. of psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan] confirmed that heartache and breakups are not allegorical pains, but real pains.

Liberal or conservative political views made research subjects less able to solve a math problem.

Skeletal evidence from every inhabited continent suggests that human brains have become smaller in the past 10,000 to 20,000 years.

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine found that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.

Creative people have more white matter and better-connected brains, study finds.


Audio- und Videolinks

  • TV Video-Serie mit Prof. Dr. Manfred Spitzer (*1958) deutscher Professor für Psychiatrie und Neurodidaktik, Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik, Ulm, Psychologe, Autor, Geist & Gehirn, präsentiert von BR-online.de, BR-Alpha, 2011-2012

Brainlogs.de, Frequenz von Geist und Gehirn, ab Braincast # 92, Oktober 2007

Neurotheologie


Braincast-Audiolinks – Hirnfunk, Arvid Leyh

Hörfunk-Podcasts von Arvid Leyh (*1968) deutscher Wissenschaftsjournalist, Redaktionsleiter von DasGehirn.info, Podcaster, Autor, Brainlogs.de Frequenz von Geist und Gehirn, ab # 92 (Oktober 2007)

Definitionen, Eckdaten und Hintergruende über Intelligenz, Woher und wofür?

Innenverhältnis Körper, Gehirn und Geist

  • # 9 Liebe, 5. November 2005

Große Gefühle, Lebensnotwendiges, Neurologie und Hormonelles bei Verliebtheit, Liebe und Verlassenwerden; Treue, Homosexualität, Hypothalamus, Orgasmen, 2 Minuspunkte für Männer

Der Freie Wille aus neurobiologischer Sicht, B. Libet-Experiment

Gedächtnis, eine hochkreative Angelegenheit; absolutes Gedächtnis, kein reiner Segen.

Moral, Altruismus, Fairness, Freundlichkeit

Neurologischer Konstruktivismus

Fluch und Segen von Emotionen und Gefühlen; über den Körper; Überlebensentscheidungen

Planen, handeln, hemmen – die Hauptaufgaben des präfrontalen Cortex (PFC); direkte Verbindung zum Gefühl und das Soziale.

  • # 27 Sprache, 1. April 2006
    Douglas Adams These ist: Das Gehirn arbeitet, wenn man aufhört zu reden? Möglichkeiten und Wirkungen der Sprache
  • #
  • # 44 Das Glück im Sinn, 16. September 2006

Glück ist bereits vorhanden; hedonistische Tretmühle

Nahtodeserlebnisse, Lichttunnel und Schwebezustände beim Sterben sind neurologisch zu erklären.

Witze sind komplex, stellen hohe Anforderungen an den Hörer. Bei Verstehen belohnen sie Körper und Geist. Hintergründe des Witzigen.

Biofeedback kann unbewusste Körperprozesse bewusst machen. Beeinflussung von Magensäuregehalt, Stress, Herzschlag und Atmung

Schmerz ist lebensnotwendig, von störend bis unerträglich, diffus oder punktuell, akut bis chronisch und grundsätzlich. Herkunft, Verarbeitung und die Rolle der Geistes

Diskussion: Richard Dawkins, Biologe, The God Delusion, Extreme polarisierend, "Kampf" der Wissenschaft gegen die Kirche

Neurologische Hemmung ist unverzichtbar, dargestellt an Zellen, Arealen, Gedächtnis, soziales Miteinander und Kreativität

Das Krankheitsbild Schizophrenie ist umstritten bei ein Prozent der Bevölkerung weltweit. Symptome, Selbstversuch, Entstehung; die eigenen Gedanken sind unkontrollierbar

Zeit ist eine hochkomplexe Sache, psychologisch und neurologisch sehr flexibel; dargestellt an Kampfsport, Krankheiten; Zeitsinn auf Dopamin.

Die Amygdala ist die einflussreichste Hirnstruktur; reagiert auf Bedrohung zum Selbsterhalt

Was ist wahr, was ist real – im Gehirn? Was sagen die Philosophen dazu?

Priming ist oft unbewusste Wahrnehmung, unbewusste Hinführung zur Interpretation, Entscheidung und Stimmung. Evolutionär sinnvoll, Anfälligkeit für Beeinflussung durch Werbung und Verkauf

  • # 85 , 25. August 2007

Aufmerksamkeit – steuern wir sie (bottom-up) oder steuert sie uns (top-down)? Ist das Gehirn strukturell von unten oder funktional von oben zu erklären; neurologische Konstruktivismus; kognitive Beschränktheit von Rassisten

Das menschliche Großhirn besteht aus zwei Hälften mit unterschiedlichen Aufgaben. Optimismus und Depression, Sprache und Musik. Aufbau, Verbindendes und Trennendes sowie Bewusstsein.

Weisheit als erlesenste Möglichkeiten im Gehirn.

Audio and video links (engl.)

Pioneering work with rats in the 1960's on the positive effects of enriched environments on brain growth – Given the right conditions, the brain continues to grow all during life and not just in the early years.

Dynamic multi media performance exploring the roots of the left-brain dominant culture, emergence of alphabetic literacy across the world and the correlating subjugation of women and all things "female", "the goddess archetype as a metaphor for the right-brain wisdom"

Exploring the roots of the left-brain dominant culture, the emergence of alphabetic literacy across the world and the correlating subjugation of women and all things "female", "the goddess archetype as a metaphor for the right-brain wisdom"

Function of the amygdala brain region when anxiety and fear are present

  • Video interview with Mark Robert Waldman, US American brain researcher, psychotherapist, associate fellow, Center for Spirituality and the Mind, University of Pennsylvania, coauthor How God Changes Your Brain, The Neuroscience of Mindfulness, presented by Mind Science Foundation, Paul Ingmundson, YouTube flim, 5:06 minutes duration, posted 20. May 2010

Mindfulness is neurologically enhancing.

The underdeveloped Anterior Cingulate Cortex in the brain of an ADHD patient results in poor emotional regulation with damaging effects in social interaction.

Men have 6.5 times more grey matter [thinking neurons], a better spatial orientation and maths skills than women.
Women have 10 times more white matter [connective neurons], 12% more closer knit neurons and a bigger corpus callosum than men. Brainwise women are better equipped for problem solving than men.

"We live with mismatched instincts and are surrounded with supernormal allurements."

Sample chapter from the DVD Breaking the Babylon Mind

Reformatting one's brain and increasing one's intellect

Audio and video links (engl.) – Daniel Amen

Spect Scan brain tests on longterm users of various drugs [Spect-Scans-Untersuchungen der Gehirne unter Drogeneinwirkung]

Brain optimisation of compulsive and impulsive marital cheaters

Audio and video links (engl.) – Louann Brizendine

Q&A on female brains

Audio and video links (engl.) – Richard Davidson and Dan Rather

Featuring the compassion study

  • Video presentation by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain, on the neuroscientific research of positive human qualities as compassion and how they can be cultivated through contemplative practice, presented Google Tech Talks, Mountain View, California, 23. September 2009, YouTube film, 1:05:21 duration, posted 28. September 2009
    "By 2050 I believe mental exercise will be understood as being as important as physical exercise."
  • TV documentation by Dan Rather, TV reporter, presented by TV station HDNet, program Dan Rather Reports, 8. April 2008, YouTube film

Neuroscientists prove neurogenesis and neuroplasticity by testing the effect of long-term meditating Buddhist monks on brain and emotions.

  • Mind Science, part 2 of 6, 10 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2008
  • Mind Science, part 3 of 6, 10 minutes duration
  • Mind Science, part 4 of 6, 10 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2008
  • Mind Science, part 5 of 6, 10 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2008
    Dalai Lama XIV interviewed [in regard to the overwhelming power China]: "Action is more important than meditation. On an individual level the meditation on compassion is very, very helpful to keep one's own peace of mind." Minute 6:24
  • Mind Science, part 6 of 6, 2:20 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2008
  • Video presentation by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cultivating compassion: Neuroscientific and behavioral approaches, presented by The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, 34:19 minutes duration, 4. March 2009
  • Video presentation on contemplative neuroscience by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Keynote address by Richard Davidson, PhD (excerpt), presented by and delivered at 7th Annual International Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts, Center for Mindfulness, March 2009, YouTube film, 7:45 minutes duration, posted 14. January 2010
  • Video presentation on contemplative neuroscience by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, presented by the Dalai Lama Center and the UBC Institute for Mental Health,   17. February 2012, YouTube film, 43:44 minutes duration, posted 24. March 2012

Audio and video links (engl.) – Helen Fisher

  • Video presentation by Helen Fisher, Ph.D. (*1945) Canadian US American research professor of anthropology, human behavior researcher on romantic interpersonal attraction, Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University, chief scientific advisor to Chemistry.com, Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love, location The Book Works, Del Mar, California, presented by The Science Network (TSN), host Roger Bingham, 43:00 minutes duration, 8. June 2006
  • Video presentation by Helen Fisher, Ph.D. (*1945) Canadian US American research professor of anthropology, human behavior researcher on romantic interpersonal attraction, Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University, chief scientific advisor to Chemistry.com, author of Why Him? Why Her? Finding Real Love by Understanding Your Personality Type, This Is Your Brain on Love, presented by WGBH Forum Network, Free Lecture Videos, location Museum of Science, Boston, 78:20 minutes duration, 4. February 2009

Audio and video links (engl.) – Lee Gerdes

Audio and video links (engl.) – Bede Griffiths

Audio and video links (engl.) – Rick Hanson

Audio and video links (engl.) – Caroline Leaf

Audio and video links (engl.) – Gabor Maté

ADD i.e. absent-mindedness as a coping mechanism, recall and implicit memory, counter-will

Audio and video links (engl.) – Iain McGilchrist

McGilchrist explores the nature of thought, matter and consciousness.

Audio and video links (engl.) – Andrew Newberg

An active spirtual life physically changes the brain.

Audio and video links (engl.) – Daniel Pink

Audio and video links (engl.) – Daniel Siegel

Audios und Videos featuring Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. drdansiegel.com (*1957) US American clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA, co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA, executive director of the Mindsight Institute, educator, author
TypeOfferingHeadingSponsor ♦
Location ♦ P-Date
Minutes durationRelease date
Mind = Semiotic domain: embodied and relational, energetic and informational, ecosystem and operating system
Shadow = Domain of psychic parasitism: unassimilated energy-information, organizes into complexes, some of which are highly parasitic
YouTube audioPresentation
Interpersonal neurobiology
The Neurobiology of WeMindsight Institute, educational
podcast service Learn out Loud
9 hours duration, 8 discsUnknown
YouTube videoPresentationPersonal Growth Series: Mindsight: The New Science of  Personal TransformationGoogle Tech Talks, Mountain View, California, 22. April 20091:02:5223. April 2009
Siegel offers a definition of the mind. 95% of mental health practitioners worldwide and almost all scientists and philosophers focusing on the mind, have no definition of what the mind is.
YouTube audioInterviewWhat Makes a Healthy Mind MP3Sounds True, podcast
host Tami Simon
1:08:416. October 2009
YouTube videoPresentationThe Power of MindsightTEDX Talks, filmed 18. October 200924:2112. November 2009
YouTube videoPresentationIntegrating the Two Hemispheres of Our BrainsPsychAlive3:4317. December 2009
Mindfulness practices support the balancing between the emotional right brain with the logical left brain.
YouTube videoPresentationThe Importance of MindfulnessPsychAlive2:4217. December 2009
Three definitions of mindfulness: 1. Conscientious, 2. Contemplative 3. Creative.
Mindfulness practices serve to drastically improve relationships, moods and outlooks on life.
YouTube videoPresentation
mindsightinstitute
Definition of the MindBook launching of Mindsight, Santa Monica, California, 13. January 20102:1811. February 2010
AudioTeleseminar interviewScience of TransformationMP3Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), "Essentials of Noetic Sciences" Teleseminar Series, host Cassandra Vieten57:373. November 2010
  The concept of integration, mindfulness techniques are one way to monitor and modify our internal states and create integration, thus facilitating transformation into better states of health.
YouTube videoPresentationThe Neurological Basis of Behavior, the Mind, the Brain and Human RelationshipsSymposium Climate, Mind and Behavior, 2.-4. March 2011, sponsored by Garrison Institute54:498. March 2011
YouTube videoPresentationMindfulness and Neural IntegrationTEDx Talks StudioCityED18:262. May 2012
Exploring the mind, the brain, and relationships, reflecting the cultivation of well-being. "No pre-frontal cortex left behind."
YouTube videoPresentationMindfulness. Brain Hand Model. Dan Siegel. Empathy and Cognition 5:0316. April 2013

Audio and video links (engl.) – Leonard Shlain

  • Video Podium discussion with speakers Paul Helfrich, Achim Köddermann, Leonard Shlain, Right Brain / Left Brain: Creativity, Art, Science, 57th Annual Conference on World Affairs [CWA 57-3303], presented by The University of Colorado, Boulder, moderator Carolyn Schuham, 1:22:44 duration, filmed 4. April 2005, posted 6. April 2005
  • Video TV interview with Leonard Shlain, M.D. sextimeandpower.com (1937-2009) US American chairman of laparoscopic surgery, associate professor of surgery, UC San Francisco, researcher, writer, Imagery and the Alphabet, excerpted from a 1 hour DVD, presented by the US American independent public television series Thinking Allowed (PBS) (1988-2002), host Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., US American director of the Intuition Network, program dean of the University of Philosophical Research, YouTube film, 7:00 minutes duration, posted 31. August 2010

Audio and video links (engl.) – Jill Bolte Taylor

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor was a 37 year old Harvard-trained and published brain scientist when she experienced a rare and severe AVM stroke which was the end of her old self. A blood vessel hemorrhaged and clogged up her left brain hemisphere. With the mindset of a trained neuroanatomist, she watched her linear mind completely deteriorate, which left her unable to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any details of her life. The gift of her predicament was the experience of the NOW and euphoric bliss of dwelling in the right brain hemisphere. Due to her understanding of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, Taylor did completely recover her mind, brain and body after 8 years under the constant care of her mother. Her focus is now a peaceful life with a balanced brain, while caring for others.
Die publizierende Neuroanatomikerin Prof. Jill Bolte Taylor mit dem Beinamen 'die singende Wissenschaftlerin', erforschte an der Havard Universität das Thema Schizophrenie.
Mit 37 Jahren erlebte sie einen massiven AVM-Schlaganfall, der ihre linke Gehirnhälfte durch einen großen Blutklumpen vollständig lahm legte und ihr altes Selbst sterben ließ. Bei voller Funktion ihrer Amygdala beobachtete sie, wie ihre Gehirnfunktionen aussetzten, um danach die Energie-Dynamiken des Augenblicks im gemächlichen "Lala-Land" ihrer rechten Gehirnhälfte ausgiebig auszukosten. Euphorische Glückseligkeit und Einheitserleben waren ihre Geschenke.
Nach acht Jahren unter der achtsam-intuitiven Pflege ihrer Mutter genas sie vollständig, ein Wunder bei ihrer Form von Gehirnblutung. Sie hatte gelernt, Gehirn und Körper wieder zu koordinieren, sich zu erinnern, zu laufen, flüssig zu sprechen (referieren) und zu schreiben. Heute ist ihr Anliegen die Balance zwischen beiden Hirnhälften und Frieden.



AUDIOs

  • Audio interview with Jill Bolte Taylor, M.D. drjilltaylor.com (*1959) US American neuroanatomist, expert in the postmortem investigation of the human brain, Jill Taylor, presented by US American web radio station WFIU 103.7, Indiana University, host and station manager Sarah Stevens, Realplayer, aired 25. September 2005
  • Audio interview My Stroke of Insight, presented by US American web radio station Sound Medicine (WFYI 90.1FM), Indiana University School of Medicine Bloomington, host Dr. Steve Bodwick and Barbara Lewis, MP3, aired 28. January 2007
  • Audio interview Stroke of Insight, presented by Public Radio, Indiana University, WFIU Noon Edition, hosts Robert Salzberg and Mary C. Carmichael, Realplayer, aired 8. June 2007
  • Audio interview My Stroke of Insight. A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, presented by Blogtalkradio Bennie Randall Show, host Bennie Randall, 1 hour, MP3, aired 5. October 2007
  • Audio interview with The Singin‘ Scientist, presented by KUSP Santa Cruz, California, host Robert Pollie, MP3, aired 10. March 2008
  • Audio interview #32 Jill Bolte Taylor, M.D. drjilltaylor.com (*1959) US American neuroanatomist, expert in the postmortem investigation of the human brain, My Stroke of Insight, presented by US American Lulu Radio Podcast, hosts Jason and Mur, MP3, aired 18. Juli 2007

Note: Skip pre-talk and after-talk [Hinweis: Themenferne Vor- und Nachgespräche überspringen]

VIDEOs

Audio and video links (engl.) – Russell Targ

Audio and video links (engl.) – Gary Wilson

  • Animated video series by Gary Wilson, US American science teacher, presented by BodyWisdomVideos, YouTube film, posted 6. June 2010

Discussing the relationship between pornography and brain circuits

Movies and documentaries

Physiological studies of yogis in India in 1974

Breakthrough research in neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to heal itself

Audio and video links (engl.) – Humorous ♦ Play

Fun optical illusion to test whether on is a dominant right brain or a left brain thinker.

 

Interne Links

Englisch Wiki

Hawkins

 


 

1 English Wikipedia deleted entry.

2 See also: Serotonin effect, Journal of Neuroscience, March 8, 200?

3 Cordelia Fine, Ph.D. (*1975) Australian academic psychologist, freelance writer, author, Delusions of Gender. How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, W. W. Norton & Company, 1st edition 30. August 2010

4 Joseph P. Farrell (*1957) US American philosopher, adjunct professor of patristic theology and apologetics, California Graduate School of Theology, author on alternative history, historical revisionism, archaeology, and science/physics, Scott D. de Hart, Ph.D., US American philosopher, scholar in theology, author, Yahweh The Two-Faced God, Periprometheus Press Hera, 9. February 2012

5 Concept developed by Martin Buber (1878-1965) Austrian-born Jewish religious researcher and philosopher, translator, educator

6 "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) US American philosopher, Unitarian, lecturer, poet, essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) US American philosopher, Unitarian, lecturer, poet, essayist, essay Self-Reliance, 1841, 2nd edition 1847

7 "Likeverd" is the Norwegian word for "equality in dignity".

8 Four response categories of women – Ellie Drake

9 Psalms 46, 10 (OT)

10 Rene Descartes was very, very smart, but as it turned out, he was wrong. Lorimer Moseley, Ph.D., Australian professor of neuroscience, University of South Australia, pain researcher, International Association for the Study of Pain

11 A Timeline of the Romantic Movement

12 Income and status gap in 23 of the rich developed countries worldwide – Wilkinson und Pickett

13 Video infographics Global Wealth Inequality, presented by The Rules Org, YouTube film, 3:51 minutes duration, posted 7. July 2013
The richest 2% in the world have more wealth than the rest of 7 billion people worldwide.
The richest 300 people have more wealth than 3 billion people (population of India, China, Brazil, and US combined).
Gap 1810s: The richest countries were 3 times as rich as the poorest countries.
Gap 1960s (end of colonialism): The richest countries were 35 times as rich as the poorest countries.
Gap 2013: The richest countries are 80 times richer as the poorest countries.

14 Development of social media – Peter Kruse

15 Function of the amygdala brain region in anxiety and fear: Video presentation by Paul Whalen, Ph.D., US American physiological psychologist, associate professor of the department of psychological and brain sciences (DBIC), Dartmouth College, The Uncertainty of it All: Brain Lessons for Anxious Times, presented by TedTalks TEDxDartmouth, 17. April 2010, YouTube film, 20:00 minutes duration, posted 27. April 2010

16 Video presentation by Russell Barkley, Ph.D., US American clinical psychologist, ADHD Emotional Regulation, YouTube film, 6:04 minutes duration, posted 15. June 2011
An underdeveloped anterior cingulate cortex in the brain of an ADHD patient results in poor emotional regulation of conflictuous social interaction.

17 Reference to professor Paul Zak's primary research thesis

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