Many believe that conscious awareness originates in the brain alone. Recent scientific research suggests that consciousness actually emerges from the brain and body acting together. A growing body of evidence suggests that the heart plays a particularly significant role in this process.
Far more than a simple pump, as was once believed, the heart is now recognized by scientists as a highly complex system with its own functional “brain.”
Research in the new discipline of neurocardiology shows that the heart is a sensory organ and a sophisticated center for receiving and processing information. The nervous system within the heart (or “heart brain”) enables it to learn, remember, and make functional decisions independent of the brain’s cerebral cortex. Moreover, numerous experiments have demonstrated that the signals the heart continuously sends to the brain influence the function of higher brain centers involved in perception, cognition, and emotional processing.
Great post on ISIS website:
Water carrying only the electromagnetic signature of a DNA sequence can make a replica of the sequence out of simple building blocks, according to Nobel laureate HIV researcher
Interesting article in New Scientist
When the multiverse and many-worlds collide
TWO of the strangest ideas in modern physics – that the cosmos constantly splits into parallel universes in which every conceivable outcome of every event happens, and the notion that our universe is part of a larger multiverse – have been unified into a single theory. This solves a bizarre but fundamental problem in cosmology and has set physics circles buzzing with excitement, as well as some bewilderment.
The problem is the observability of our universe. While most of us simply take it for granted that we should be able to observe our universe, it is a different story for cosmologists. When they apply quantum mechanics – which successfully describes the behaviour of very small objects like atoms – to the entire cosmos, the equations imply that it must exist in many different states simultaneously, a phenomenon called a superposition. Yet that is clearly not what we observe.
Based on the “many worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics, this piece of conceptual art purports to tell you about your parallel lives!
Quantum mechanics has replaced Newtonian physics as the most accurate scientific representation of the world that we’ve ever had. It’s also the flat-out weirdest representation of the world we’ve ever had. One of the more controversial interpretations of the theorysuggests that the entire universe is constantly splitting into parallel but different versions of itself, every time a particle interacts with another particle. Designer Patrick Stevenson-Keating has created an art installation, called the Quantum Parallelograph, that surreally illustrates this idea by printing out receipt-like descriptions of what your other selves are have been up to. Continue reading
Great article covering the holographic principle on
As the Human Body Field is composed of intersecting fields causing interferences patterns – this may also be thought of in terms of a hologram also. Read an abstract here or go to the website for more details and video..
Do you ever get those days when you question reality? One scientist has gone a step further; he is currently building an experiment that will hopefully answer whether or not we all exist as a result of a universal hologram.
Scientists say that they have found evidence that our universe was ‘jostled’ by other parallel universes in the distant past.
The incredible claim emerged after they studied patterns in the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) – the after-effects of the Big Bang.
They say they may have found evidence that four circular patterns found in the CMB are ‘cosmic bruises’ where our universe has crashed into other universes at least four times.
We are NES are fascinated by the Fractal nature of the Universe. As a tribute to Mandelbrot, who died last week, take a look at this article posted in the NewScientist:
And also the interview on the excellent TED website:
Benoît Mandelbrot, who died a month shy of his 86th birthday on Thursday, wanted to be remembered as the founding father of fractal geometry – the branch of mathematics that perceives the hidden order in nature.
Are we part of a fractal universe?
The brain has been traditionally viewed as a deterministic machine where certain inputs give rise to certain outputs. However, there is a growing body of work that suggests this is not the case. The high importance of initial inputs suggests that the brain may be working in the realms of chaos, with small changes in initial inputs leading to the production of strange attractors. This may also be reflected in the physical structure of the brain which may also be fractal. EEG data is a good place to look for the underlying patterns of chaos in the brain since it samples many millions of neurons simultaneously. Several studies have arrived at a fractal dimension of between 5 and 8 for human EEG data. This suggests that the brain operates in a higher dimension than the 4 of traditional space-time. These extra dimensions suggest that quantum gravity may play a role in generating consciousness.
For more detail read NEUROQUANTOLOGY VOL 8, 2010
ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2009) — Cardiff University researchers, who are part of a British-German team searching the depths of space to study gravitational waves, may have stumbled on one of the most important discoveries in physics, according to an American physicist.
Another hologram article this time from New Scientist…one of my favourite magazines for articles on the sranger side of main stream scoience research…great stuff:
Driving through the countryside south of Hanover, it would be easy to miss the GEO600 experiment. From the outside, it doesn’t look much: in the corner of a field stands an assortment of boxy temporary buildings, from which two long trenches emerge, at a right angle to each other, covered with corrugated iron. Underneath the metal sheets, however, lies a detector that stretches for 600 metres.