Ted Talks – Peter Doolittle: How your “working memory” makes sense of the world
17 December 2013
Doolittle speaks of the “working memory” as allowing us to store immediate experiences, pull from our long term memory as we need it, mixes and processes those with the current goal. Working memory capacity then helps us to achieve those goals. He then goes on to explain that we must extract working memory from the world around us in order to make sense of the world. This allows us to have conversations, listen to a presentation and ask questions, and several other things in our day to day lives. This is a limited capacity that has lots of different impacts on us that we negotiate with strategies. We must process what is going on at the moment that it happens, and we need to repeatedly think about it which may involve talking about it to others or writing it down or simply thinking about it over a period of time. Finally he suggests that we need organization and support for working memory. Doolittle ends the talk with, “if we are not processing life, we aren’t living it”. This quote is especially important in this day and age with so many distractions and so much going on, it is crucial that we process the events in our lives and continue to allow past experiences to influence our present without letting those events take over our lives. This goes back to the concept of being present in everyday life and allowing soul readings to bring clarity when we cannot find it on our own.
Psychology Today – Robert Berezin, M.D.: The Neuroscience of Consciousness and Dreams Part II
December 10, 2013
Berezin explores consciousness through exploration of the trance states of dreaming and wakefulness as well as exponential expansion in terms of information processing. While several other articles focus on the neurological pathways that create consciousness, Berezin mentions these only briefly as coloring and helping to add structure to the symbolic forms of objects in everyday life. This study is particularly interesting in terms of the complexity levels our brain can organize to create meaning in the world, such as for language which is an abstract representation of complex concepts. If the brain already has the ability to sort through billions of pieces of information and sort out meaning, imagine what would be possible with an elevated sense of consciousness or Deepak Chopra’s super brain! Book your soul reading today to begin the path toward even more possibilities.
Discovery - Daniel Siegel: Does the Brain Continue to Rewire Itself Throughout Your Entire Life?
November 24, 2013
Siegel discusses the neurons in our brains and the infinite ways in which our neurons fire due to the ever changing nature of our brains. This means that we are able to focus on changing our brains, however Siegel encourages an integrative change which allows us to incorporate health, compassion and empathy, and integration with the planet so that we can more fully connect with the world around us. He then discusses our notion of self as being contained within our skin as a vulnerability of the brain. This shows that we as individuals must be vulnerable because vulnerabilities are built into our beings. Siegel encourages individuals to expand the sense of self to include not only the "me" but also a "we" that shows the interconnections of the planet.
The Crown Publishing Group – Interview with Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi on Super Brain
November 17, 2013
Author and physician Deepak Chopra teams up with Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph Tanzi to coauthor Super Brain. This book comes from the idea of maximizing the brain’s potential on a day to day basis in order to encourage human evolution and realize the power we have to reshape the brain. The pair encourage individuals to become the users of their own brains and by evolving to a super brain; the brain serves you instead of you serving and being at the mercy of your brain. Modern technology and breakthroughs in neuroscience prompted the idea that individuals were not making complete use of their brains, but also that the regenerative ability of the brain is capable of being reshaped by using the mind to create the brain you want. Chopra and Tanzi believe that the super brain is the next evolutionary leap for the human brain. By changing our thought patterns we are not only able to achieve higher levels of consciousness, but this new discovery could lead us to change and reshape our brains altogether. By realizing our higher consciousness we are able to change our thought patterns and reshape our brains to evolve into the individuals we want to be. This first step of getting in touch with our higher consciousness may be possible with a soul reading in order to aid the evolution of our brains.
Ted Talks – Onora O’Neill: What we don’t understand about trust
November 9, 2013
Philosopher Onora O’Neill begins by explaining that there is a difference between trust and trustworthiness, and that we should focus on the latter. O’Neill discusses that many people think trust has declined due to opinion polls. She goes on to explain that these polls are generic opinions about trusting individuals, which begs the question of what we trust these individuals to do. In our day to day lives we seek to place trust in a differentiated way rather than trust individuals wholly. O’Neill says that trust is not uniform for everything, but only for some subjects of elements of life. This being the case, she asks why we drop this notion of trust when we think about trust more abstractly, to which she responds that our aim or goal of trust is improperly focused. While our current aim is to have more trust, our aim should be to have more trust in the trustworthy but not in the untrustworthy. With this new goal we may see that what matters is not trust but instead is trustworthiness and that trust is the response to trustworthiness. What is distinctive about trust is that it is given by other people, so individuals must prove themselves to be trustworthy by providing usable evidence that it is so. Moreover, making yourself vulnerable to the other party is evidence of being trustworthy, so we must think much less about trust and more about being trustworthy by giving people adequate, simple and useful evidence that you are trustworthy. O’Neill’s messages of trust, trustworthiness, and vulnerability are useful in our everyday lives and may lead to more and better connections between individuals.
Gareth Cook for Scientific American – Why We Are Wired to Connect
November 3, 2013
Cook’s interview with scientist Matthew Lieberman is insightful as to the power of social interaction on the brain. He illuminates that our need to connect to others is not just a luxury, but is beginning to be considered a necessity. We have begun to associate social pain with physical pain in an evolutionary standpoint. Not only have our brains connected social pain to our neural processes but we actually learn better in social settings as well. These all show how important social interaction has become to our health, and thus helps to illustrate why social media has such an impact in our lives. Since we have evolutionarily acknowledged that social connection is important, we should also acknowledge that we are all connected through our consciousness. Higher levels of consciousness can help us to feel more connected to those around us, and thus may increase our levels of health. Social interaction and connection have become vital parts of our lives that can no longer be denied.
Through The Wormhole - Universe is Conscious
25 October 2013
Consciousness is often studied by scientists and psychologists alike to determine what consciousness really is and if it can be scientifically explained. Freeman narrates this video, explaining that a single particle may be in two places at once until we look at it, and hypothesizes that one’s conscious mind could control the subatomic world, creating a sixth sense that makes the universe tick. Quantum mechanics is a branch of science that deals with probability and these subatomic particles. Erwin Schrodinger and Schrodinger’s cat is probably the most famous example of this probability which states that if we do not know whether the cat is alive or dead it is the combination of these outcomes, or is both at the same time. Quantum mechanics would then state that the cat is two things at once leading to the conclusion that nothing is certain until someone observes it. Wigner believed that consciousness controls everything and that consciousness determines existence. This leads to the questions, how do I know I’m alive, and who determines I am alive? This is explained by an infinite chain of people looking at people which leads to a cosmic consciousness which then makes the judgment that an individual is alive. This cosmic consciousness envelopes the universe and proves that consciousness is an inextricable part of reality.
Matthew D. Lieberman, Ph.D. – The Mind-Body Illusion
October 18, 2013
Lieberman describes that while the mind and body are separate entities, they are connected in that the two work together. He describes individuals in modern society as still being “Cartesian Dualists believing that minds and bodies are separate entities”. Our emotional or mental state can greatly impact the ways in which we act and vice versa, showing concrete evidence that these two seemingly separate notions are connected and are relevant in our daily lives. This brings us back to a previous topic of changing one’s actions in order to change consciousness. While consciousness is debated over which of the two categories it fits into, the mind or the brain, by changing our thoughts on a situation and in turn changing our actions toward that situation we have the ability to alter our consciousness. We rely on two different networks within the brain depending on whether we think of our actions or our minds, and if we alter both, we may change our consciousness. Remember to take time in your busy life to connect mind and body in order to achieve the peace consciousness has to offer.