Finally Researching the Cause of Consciousness
Here's something you don't hear every day: two theories of consciousness are about to face off in the scientific fight of the century. Backed by top neuroscience theorists of today, including Christof Koch, head of the formidable Allen Institute for Brain Research in Seattle, Washington, the fight hopes to put two rival ideas of consciousness to the test in a $20 million project. Briefly, volunteers will have their brain activity scanned while performing a series of cleverly-designed tasks targeted to suss out the brain's physical origin of conscious thought. The first phase was launched this week at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference in Chicago, a brainy extravaganza that draws over 20,000 neuroscientists each year.
To test the ideas, 6 labs across the world will run experiments with over 500 people, using 3 different types of brain recordings as the participants perform various consciousness-related tests. By adopting functional MRI to spot brain metabolic activity, EEG for brain waves and ECoG (a type of EEG with electrodes directly placed on the brain), the trial hopes to gather enough replicable data to assuage even the most skeptical of opposing fields.
For example, one experiment will track the brain's response as a participant becomes aware of an image: the GWT believes the prefrontal cortex will activate, whereas the IIT says to keep your eyes on the back of the brain.
What the trial doesn't answer, is how neural computations lead to consciousness. A recent theory, based on thermodynamics in physics, suggests that neural networks in a healthy brain naturally organize together according to energy costs into a sufficient number of connection "microstates" that lead to consciousness. Too many or too few microstates and the brain loses its adaptability, processing powers, and sometimes the ability to keep itself online.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Perennial knowledge from thousands of years of studying consciousness has found that consciousness does not reside in the brain--as if the brain itself can be conscious. Consciousness uses a mind that uses a brain to interface with physical reality. You are not your brain. To explore this deeply, use our Deep Insight Elixir.
The Practice of Direct Experience
by Leo Babuata
If direct experience is like a movie that's playing all the time, the mind is like a person who adds subtitles and commentary to the movie. Imagine a movie with commented text constantly plastered all over the screen--all over the place, all the time. You'd never actually see the movie! That's what our minds do. We have this miraculous reality right in front of us, and our minds block it all out with constant commentary and fantasies. A few of the things our minds are constantly doing include:
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Singing in Choir Can Make You High
Singing in a choir brings joy not only to the audience that is listening, but also to the choir members themselves. Researchers have studied group singing and determined that the singers have lower levels of cortisol which lowers stress. Even if the music is not necessarily joyous or comforting, it still produces endorphins (hormones produced by the central nervous system) which interact with opiate receptors in the brain, diminishing pain and triggering an almost analgesic feeling in the body. Our brains get an endorphin "rush", which apparently feels a lot like taking morphine. Singing (both listening to it and doing it) can also release dopamine, a chemical that works to help regulate the brain's pleasure and reward centers. Listening to music proven to reduce stress and anxiety by 65%. Interestingly, Dr. David Huron, a music professor at Oregon State University, proposes that singing may increase prolactin production. Prolactin helps regulate the immune system, and is found both in tears and in nursing mammals.
As we age, singing brings us other forms of happiness as well. According to neuroscientists, musical memories utilize broader neural pathways than other types of memories – think of hearing an old song, and the specific emotions and visual cues that come to the surface. When dementia and Alzheimer's patients are encouraged to sing along songs from their youth, they sometimes respond with wide-eyed wonder and exhilaration, and sing out in a way that surprises not only those around them, but themselves as well; it's a beautiful phenomenon to witness.
Dr. Gene D. Cohen of George Washington University kept a record of a senior singers' chorale in Arlington, Virginia. The singers' average age was 80 (65 the youngest, 96 the eldest). He discovered that the singers experienced less depression, made fewer doctor's visits each year, needed less medication, and were involved in more activities.
Jaime Babbitt of Choir Director Magazine says, "The most remarkable phenomenon that a choir vocalist experiences are the many 'take your breath away' moments that come as a result of being one of many voices coming together in harmony."
Dr. Gunter Kreutz, in a 2004 study, showed that singing in a choir (as opposed to simply listening to choral music) increases SIgA production (antibodies in saliva that help immune function) and other positive physical responses.
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Health & Healing Hack of the Week
This is a handy and effective little energy mudra that you can do anywhere to address acute conditions, or to create a routine for chronic pains and conditions. Discovered, or received by healer, Jimmy Mack, My Liquid Fish is a finger motion. Begin with the index finger of either hand, hold it on or near the area in need, and then draw a "fish" as you move your finger away from the area to be healed. Energy can be drawn into an area by simply reversing the motion of the finger by starting away from the focus area and drawing the "fish", ending the motion on or near the area of interest. I use this daily, and have noticed it causes a shift where it is applied, and changes the pain or discomfort, in many cases simply taking it away. From 25 No Cost Health & Healing Hacks by Boyd Martin)
Quantum Healer of the Week
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