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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments

Dean Radin, Leena Michel, Karla Galdamez, Paul Wendland, Robert Rickenbach and Prof. Arnaud Delorme

(published in Physics Essays 25, 2 in May 2012)

 

Authors:

00224v00428vDean Radin, PhD, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, USA

Leena Michel, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, USA

Prof. Arnaud Delorme, PhD, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Institute for Neural Computation, University of California, San Diego, USA

Karla Galdamez, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, USA

Paul Wendland, 4558 La Brea St., Oxnard, California, USA

Robert Rickenbach, Micronor Inc., 750 Mitchell Rd., Newbury Park, California, USA

 

Summary:

A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wave function. During 250 test sessions 137 people took part in six different experiments where they had to either focus their attention on the double-slit experiment or away from it. These 40 attention-toward attention-away epochs lasted between 15 and 30 seconds. The intensity of the double-slit's spectral power was measured and it decreased during focus-towards epochs compared to the spectral power of a single slit (effect size z=-4.36, p=0.000006). During 250 control sessions the same setup was used without any observers present to identify potential artifacts. None were identified (effect size z=0.43, p=0.67).

Factors associated with consciousness, such as meditation experience, electrocortical markers of focused attention, and psychological factors including openness and absorption, significantly correlated in predicted ways with perturbations in the double-slit interference pattern. The results appear to be consistent with a consciousness-related interpretation of the quantum measurement problem.

 

Background information:

Similar experiments were conducted earlier at York University and Princeton University to research the "consciousness collapse hypothesis". The goal in both cases was to shift the wave-like interference pattern towards a particle-like pattern at a double slit experiment just through mental focusing by a human being. The York team reported a non-significant result, the Princeton team reported a modestly significant result (p=0.05). During a third experiment a Michelson interferometer was used instead of the double-slit setup. This experiment showed a significant result in accordance with the prediction (p=0.002). In this case a group of experienced meditators was among the participants and showed extraordinary results (p=0.0000094) whereas the participating non-meditators did not produce effects differing from chance (p=0.61).

 

A few excerpts from the conclusions section of this study:

Because it is central to interpretations of quantum mechanics, the physics literature abounds with philosophical and theoretical discussions about the quantum measurement problem, including speculations about the role of consciousness. One might expect to find a correspondingly robust experimental literature testing these ideas, but it is not so, and the reason is not surprising: The notion that consciousness may be related to the formation of physical reality has come to be associated more with medieval magic and so-called New Age ideas than it is with sober science. As a result, it is safer for one’s scientific career to avoid associating with such dubious topics and subsequently rare to find experiments examining these ideas in the physics literature. Indeed, the taboo is so robust that until recently it had extended to any test of the foundations of quantum theory. For more than 50 years such studies were considered unsuitable for serious investigators.

However, this is not to say that the scholarly literature is mute on this matter. A century-long empirical literature can be found in the controversial domain of parapsychology, which focuses on the interface between mind and matter. Here we find over a thousand peer-reviewed studies reporting

  • (a) experiments testing the effects of intention on the statistical behavior of random events derived from quantum fluctuations,
  • (b) studies involving macroscopic random systems such as tossed dice and human physiology as the targets of intentional influence,
  • (c) experiments involving sequential observations to see whether a second observer could detect if a quantum event had been observed by a first observer, or if time-delayed observations would result in similar effects and
  • (d) experiments investigating conscious influence on nonliving systems ranging from molecular bonds in water to the behavior of photons in interferometers.

Much of this literature has appeared in discipline-specific journals, but given the controversial nature of the topic, it is worth noting that some of it has also appeared in better-known outlets including the British Journal of Psychology, Science, Nature, Proceedings of the IEEE, Neuroscience Letters, Psychological Bulletin and others. Cumulatively, these experiments suggest that mind–matter interactions occur in a broad range of physical target systems. Observed effects tend to be small in absolute magnitude and are not trivially easy to repeat on demand, but high variance and concomitant difficulties in replication are to be expected because all of these studies necessarily involved focused human attention or intention.

As with any form of human performance, the ability to focus attention varies substantially not just from one person to the next, but within each individual from day to day and throughout the course of a single day. Variables influencing the ability to perform mental tasks go beyond simple factors such as nervous-system arousal and distractions; they include when one last dined and what was consumed, interactions between personal beliefs and the nature of the task, the state of the geomagnetic field, and so on.

Such factors conspire to make the mind side of a postulated mind–matter interaction far more difficult to control than the matter side. As a result, if one is prepared to take seriously the proposition that some properties of quantum objects are not completely independent of human consciousness, then such a study cannot be conducted as a conventional physics experiment, nor can be it conducted as a conventional psychology experiment. The former tends to ignore subjectivity and the latter tends to ignore objectivity.

In an attempt to accommodate both sides of the proposed relationship, we designed a physical system with interference fringes as stable as possible, and we also cultivated a comfortable test setting, encouraged a sense of openness to the idea of extended forms of consciousness, selected participants with practice in focusing their attention, and spent generous amounts of time discussing the nature of the task with the participants. The superior results observed with meditators suggest that in spite of unavoidable performance variance, it may be possible in future studies to identify those aspects of attention and intention that are most important in producing the hypothesized effect.

It should be noted that some meditation styles, such as mantra repetition, tend to train for focused or concentrated attention, while others, such as mindfulness meditation, tend to expand one’s attentional capacities. No attempt was made in the present studies to assess differences among reported meditation styles, or to independently measure participants’ capacity for sustaining focused attention. However, it is not unreasonable to expect that future studies might find that different meditative styles lead to different outcomes. In addition, measuring participants’ capacity for sustaining attention, investigating other brain and behavioral correlates of  performance, using single-photon designs, and developing more refined analytical procedures would all be useful directions to pursue.

In sum, the results of the present experiments appear to be consistent with a consciousness-related interpretation of the quantum measurement problem. Given the ontological and epistemological challenges presented by such an interpretation, more research will be required to confirm, systematically replicate, and extend these findings.

 

Download: http://www.deanradin.com/evidence/Radin2012doubleslit.pdf

   

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00129dMirin Dajo had the upper part of his body penetrated by rapiers and swords on over 500 public demonstrations of his invulnerability. Rare video footage of this from 1948 is now available.

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What about money?

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Churnalism & Flat Earth News

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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