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Mind, Brain and Consciousness

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A group of renowned physicians and neuroscientist gathered at the United Nations in New York to present and discuss their latest insights on the relationship between mind, brain, and consciousness. The presented findings are revolutionary and point towards the emergence of a new paradigm in science.

Link to a selection of videos from the UN Symposium

Holographic Universe

00156eAuthor Michael Talbot was interested in parallels between mysticism and physics and wrote several books in this field. Over the last decades scientists developed a holographic model of reality which can explain several inexplicable phenomena. Michael presents this model and also shares personal experiences which formed his worldview in this respect and inspired him to write a best-selling book on the topic.

Link to interview in the Resource section

Scientific research on near-death experiences

00102cDr. Pim van Lommel is a Dutch cardiologist who started doing scientific research on near-death experiences after several of his cardiact arrest patients reported having witnessed events while their brain was clinically dead. In 2001 he published a by now famous Lancet study on the subject. In this interview he talks about his research and insights

Link to interview in the Resource section

The Science Delusion

00325tBiochemist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake researched several delusions of science, particularly the assumptions on which modern science is based. In this lecture he traces back the history of several scientific dogmas and he shares his most inconvenient findings about them.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Power of Subconscious Belief

00103dBruce Lipton was a professor for biology. During his research on genes, he made amazing discoveries. His key message : Your subconscious beliefs run your life. If these beliefs do not fit your life situation, you have the ability to change them.

Link to interview in the Resource section

Nature of Reality

00136kThomas Campbell is a physicist who used to work for NASA. Over the last 30 years he developed a "Theory of Everything" that brings physics and metaphysics in one theory. In his lecture he presents a condensed summary of his theory.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

PSI Research

00224vDr. Dean Radin studied electrical engineering as well as psychology and has been researching PSI phenomena like telepathy and presentiments of future events for over 12 years. His experiments document that these phenomena are real but Dean's findings don't fit into the established scientific models.

Link to interview in the Resource section

Gates of Awakening

00133hNeil Kramer identifies in this lecture different filters of conscious awareness, which conceil our perception of the external world. Additionally he provides some clues how to deconstruct these filters.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Children's memories of previous lives

00101bDr. Jim Tucker is a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia. He has researched 2500 cases of children that have detailed memories about previous lives. In this interview Jim talks about his research into children who have provided names and other verifiable information from previous lives.

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Experiencing a stroke

00125zNeuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened - she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding - she studied and remembered every moment. In this lecture she shares her experience.

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Beware online filter bubbles

00118sIn this 9-minute lecture Eli Pariser elaborates on how filter algorithms are pre-selecting the information users are presented with on search engines like Google or websites like Facebook. This user-specific tailoring mechanism decides without our consent which information is of importance to us and puts us in a reality bubble that reconfirms our worldview.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Crop Circles

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This award-winning documentary explores the crop circle phenomenon from various angles. It presents scientific research results along with amazing videos and pictures of the most stunning formations. Various experts on crop circles are interviewed about their insights.

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The Day Before Disclosure

02063mThis documentary covers the UFO / ET presence on Earth. It presents evidence gathered over the last 60 years along with interviews of witnesses from military and government. A collection of highly unusual information which you might never hear about from mainstream news sources.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

   

This article is a summary of insights from the last 20 years of brain research. The most important insight is the lifelong plasticity of the brain shaped by daily experience. Unfortunately this insight has not made it yet into many areas of society but it is of such importance that it is discussed in detail here. The better you understand the way your brain works, the better you will get at using it and the way you use your brain is shaping its physical structure.

Structure of the brain

01066pThe three main parts of the human brain with their core funtions :

  • Brain stem : Reflexes, insticts, control of body functions
  • Limbic System : Moods, feelings
  • Cerebrum : Thinking, speech, conscious experience, planning actions

 

 

The cerebrum is a meta-system, which takes influence on the subsidiary limbic system based on experience stored in the cerebrum. This way automatisms by which the limbic system is accessing functions of the brain stem can be modified or repressed.

 

Structure of the nervous system

In the brain of a baby there is a large surplus of nerve connections. Those connections which are used regularly get strengthened, those that are not used deteriorate over time. So it is important that a child is presented with a large variety of opportunities to have diverse experiences which will ensure that many of these structures are strengthened and the baby ends up with a complex brain structure.

For each experience an entire set of sensory stimuli is stored in the brain (e.g. smell + sound + feeling). When a person smells a unique smell that is linked to a childhood memory at a later point in life, then the memory of the entire set of sensory stimuli can be remembered instantly.

 

Prefrontal Cortex

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The prefrontal corext is the most complex structure in the human brain. In this picture this region ishighlighted.

 

 

 

In the prefrontal cortex important information related to the human personality is stored :

  • Ego-personality (self-perception)
  • General principles, goals, orientation
  • Attitudes, responsibility, empathy
  • Action planning, impact assessment

 

Learning and feeling emotionally safe

In order to create these complex structures in the brain it is required that the child feels emotionally safe. It is only when a childs perceptual capacity and curiosity are met with a social environment that it considers safe that the child can gather experiences and store them accurately.

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When new experiences are made, an excitement pattern is generated in the brain. This creates a certain amount of inner agitation of the usual thought processes. In order to resolve this agitation a comparison of the new pattern to existing patterns is made. This comparison can lead to three different results :

1. A known pattern is discovered which matches the experienced pattern. In this case the answer is a routine reaction - the person simply does what he always did in similar situations.

2. No known pattern is found. In this case the experience is regarded as unimportant and it is ignored or suppressed.

3. During the comparison a partly match of patterns is discovered, perhaps even multiple matches in several unrelated known patterns can be found. If the new experience can be tied in with old experiences then this new pattern is stored in the brain and something new has been learned. The moment when a solution is found and the agitation is resolved is usually experienced as liberating and the reward system of the brain is activated.

 

The 3 inner pillars of learning

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It is important to build up the following 3 inner pillars already at pre-school age which are important for any learning experience during the entire life. They are so important because they provide the stabilization required, when confronted with the agitation of a new experience :

1. Self-confidence : Confidence in the own skills (to find a solution)

2. Attachment security : Confidence in the social environment (somebody else will help you in finding a solution

3. Inner orientation : Unquestionable trust, that everything will turn out ok

 

One of the most frequent aberrations in child development of western societies is spoiling. Most parents try to remove any potential problems from their childs path. Even though this action is well-meant, it causes three problems :

  • The child does not develop self-confidence in its skill to solve problems on its own because it is never confronted with problems
  • The child does not develop confidence in solving problems jointly with its social environment
  • A child without problems, does not develop an unquestionable trust, that everything will turn out ok

Skills can only be development, if the posed problems are a sufficient challenge for the child but at the same time are solvable by the child on its own. If a child is looking e.g. for a feeling of security but its parents or any other attachment figures are only providing them with security under certain conditions (clean up your room first, having good grades at school, etc) then the child can develop inner attitudes which tend to extremes (perfectionism, narcissism, commitment to performance)

 

Flow - positive learning experiences

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Ideally a person who makes positive learning experiences is in a state of flow. In this state all challenges are resolved successfully, this increases the person's self-confidence and is causing positive expectation for the next learning experience. Curiosity combined with delight to learn more then leads to new challenges.When we were children we were all in this ideal state of flow but at some point in time we made negative experiences which threw us out of this cycle.

 

The brain as a social organ

One of the most significant discoveries of brain research of the recent years is that the brain is more of a social organ than an organ for thinking. It is optimized for establishing relationships to or being in relationship with other people. This insight would be particularly important for any teacher because in order to put knowledge across to any student efficiently, a social relationship has to be established first.

 

Revolution in brain research : The usage of the brain determines its structure

Until about 1995 neuroscientists were certain that the structures in a human brain remained the same for the entire life once they were established. Based on research results gathered through new image guided research technology (e.g. magnetic resonance imaging) it became evident that the brain structure can be changed during the entire lifetime. In order to cause essential structural changes in a brain it is requires to think differently.

In order to allow structural changes of the brain which go beyond just adding new structures to existing neuro patterns, additional mechanisms are required. If a person is having an experience that is shaking him up emotionally, then this can be a trigger for a restructuring of parts of their brain. In this case messenger substances / neurotransmitters are emitted, which causes a loosening or even a dissolving of old structures by which new solutions become available.

The main triggers for a restructuring of the brain are :

  • Psychosocial conflicts with other people
  • Loss of support by the social environment
  • Loss of psychosocial competence (e.g. by becoming unemployed)

Sometimes the trigger does not even have to occur. It can be enough if the person is convinced that the triggering event is about to occur shortly.

 

Uncontrollable mental crisis

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In case the dissolving of old structures does not lead to a stabilization by finding a new meaningful structure, this can result in an uncontrollable mental crisis which can last for weeks or even months.

In order to escape from these kind of severe crisis, different approaches are possible :

Wenn durch die Auflösung einiger alter Strukturen keine Stabilisierung durch das Finden einer neuen sinngebenden Struktur erzielt werden kann, tritt eine schwere seelische Krise ein, die Wochen oder sogar Monate andauern kann.

Um aus seelischen Krisen auszubrechen gibt es verschiedene Lösungsansätze :

  • Resolution (finding a solution for the problem)
  • Relaxation (by relaxation it is easier to find a solution)
  • Rhythms (drumming can synchronize brain structures and calm them down)
  • Drugs (suppression or dampening of stimuli)

 

Vicious circle -  negative learning experiences

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Analog to flow there is a similar vicious circle for negative learning experiences. In this case burdens lead to a failure of finding a creative resolution. This increases self-doubt and causes negative expectations for the next learning experience. The attempt to avoid new problems leads to an increase of fear which then leads to new burdens.

Contrary to flow - which is the natural state of being - the described vicious circle is always the result of negative experience in social relationships. Most of the time the catalyst is fear.

The only way to escape from this cycle is by overcoming this fear. Also in this case the three pilars to achieve success are :

  • Confidence in your own skills
  • Confidence that other people can provide help that solves the problem
  • Unquestionable trust, that everything will turn out ok

 

Severe psychosocial crisis

In psychosocial crisis complex structures of the brain are dissolved which leads to a fallback on older more rudimentary structures - which usually date back to childhood. In case even on this rudimentary level no solution can be found the brain can fall back on archaic emergency programs of the brain stem. These archaic programs only know three solutions :

  • Fight
  • Flight
  • Freezing

Getting out of these kind of severe mental crisis usually requires the help of other people. In these situations it is important to regain confidence. The best support in these situations is :

  • Integration : Convey knowability and predictability
  • Competence : Convey manageability and checkability
  • Transcendence : Convey significance and meaning

One of the important insights of brain research in this areas is : Everything that improves the ability to relate to other people is beneficial for the brain as well as the community in which the person lives.

The ability to relate has many different aspects :

  • inner ability to relate (between thinking and feeling or your own body)
  • outer ability to relate to other people
  • ability to relate to the world
  • ability to relate to your own life story
  • ability to relate to your cultural backgorund in which you grew up

 

Summary of most recent insights in brain research

The brain is changeable

  • The thesis of the brain being immutable is refuted

Emotions are important for brain development

  • Emotions are not just an archaic hangover of human phylogeny

Experiences shape brain structures

  • The right arrangement of realms of experience - especially for children - is extremely important for the internalization of skills. Experiences can not be taught, you have to make them yourself.

Fear and confidence are more than just feelings

  • Fear is a structuring force. Through fear the ability to relate is lost.

Conceptions and ideas are more than just thoughts

  • Continuously repeated conceptions create action-guiding structures in the brain

Brain and body are one unit

  • The creation of brain structures is tightly knotted to processes of the body

The brain is a social organ

  • Experiencing relationships and culture are the most powerful forces shaping the brain.

Reorganisation has to happen from within

  • It is not possibe to force change on other people. An inner desire for change has to be ignited within them 

 

Them main parts of this article are a summary of various lectures by Dr. Gerald Hüther. If you are interested in more information about the brain, there is a lecture by David Rock titled "Your Brain at Work" available in the Resource section.

   

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Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind

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Marcel Proust

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00123xRobert Monroe was a successful radio producer when he suddenly had out of body experiences. He spent the following 40 years of his life to explore human consciousness and how it can leave the body

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Resource Highlights  

What about money?

00398rBernard Lietaer is a former Central Banker, fond manager and university professor with more than 30 years of experience in the monetary system. In this interview he speaks in plain English about money, the Euro, the US Dollar and their future.

Link to interview in the Resource section

Churnalism & Flat Earth News

00390jNick Davies worked as an investigative journalist for over 35 years. In this lecture he shares his insights on how the world of the press really works. He dismantles the golden rule of "objective reporting" and points out conflicts of interests which increasingly hinder truthful reporting.  

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Money & the Turning of the Age

00108iIn this lecture author Charles Eisenstein talks about how money changed the relationship between humanity and the world. He shares his vision of a society, which rediscovered its relationship to nature and where appreciation is expressed in other ways than just money.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Corporatocracy and global empire

00100a 120John Perkins worked as Chief Economist at a major consulting firm. Over the years he became more and more aware of the massive amout of corruption the US empire is based upon but played along for a while. Finally he left his job and spoke out. A highly recommended interview !

Link to interview in the Resource section

9/11 - Investigation of a Swiss historian

00104eDr. Daniele Ganser is a Swiss historian who teaches at Basel University. In this English lecture he presents a Swiss historian's view on the evidence on 9/11. A highly recommended overview of subjects and evidence usually not covered by the mass media.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Crash course

00106gChris Martenson's "Crash course" from 2009 explains the inbuilt problems of the global economy, the financial system and society as a whole in easily understandable terms. Chris advocates to use common sense and prepare for what is coming.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

The Story of Stuff

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The Story of Stuff is a 20 minute documentary that takes a critical look at Western consumer culture and the hidden costs in the process of producing cheap goods.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

Problema - 100 deep questions

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In September 2006 over 100 great thinkers gathered for a round table discussion in Berlin. During this 9-hour day all participant were asked 100 deep questions and their responses were filmed simultaneously.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

Seeking Truth

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In this series of lectures Mark Passio gives an excellent insight into his quest for truth. Mark covers a wide range of topics, he is an eloquent presenter and his lectures are clearly laid out. Highly recommended viewing !

Link to lectures in the Resource section

Propaganda in a democracy

02058hThe documentary Psywar takes a close look at how propaganda and public relations have grown into a most powerful tool in shaping western democracies. Perception management replaced balanced reporting of events in the news and you should understand how you are being manipulated.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

9/11 - Explosive Evidence - Experts speak out

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The group "Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth" created a documentary in which they interview 53 experts about the scientific facts regarding 9/11. The result is a compelling collection of evidence why the official government story can not be true.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

Architects on 9/11

00160iRichard Gage worked for over 20 years as an architect and constructed several high-rise buildings. In this lecture he informs about research he conducted on 9/11 together with 1900 other architects. They discovered severe inconsistencies in the official story.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

   

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