On the mysteries of human consciousness

My thoughts don’t feel like electric chemistry, but that is what they are. I find it quite a consoling thought that our modern scientific view of the world which has explained so much, we can’t even begin to explain how consciousness, how sensation arises out of electric chemistry, but the fact of the matter is it does. …
The sense of awe and mystery, for some reason, has gotten greater as I’ve got older. I’m not sure why. Maybe because many of us, as we get older, we start thinking more about the fact our life is going to come to an end, and we become a bit more religious and philosophical. If you don’t have conventional religious belief, as I don’t, I think in a way thinking about the mystery of one’s own consciousness and the universe is a sort of compensation for that in some ways.

On how the brain creates pain

A lot of what we think is real and obvious, in fact, is, well you could call it an illusion in a way. If I got pain in my hand the pain is not actually in the hand, the pain is my brain. My brain creates a three-dimensional model of the world and associates the nerve impulses coming from the pain receptors in my hand with pain in the hand and it create this illusion that the pain is actually in the hand itself, and it isn’t. The more you look into neuroscience the more strange and confusing it becomes

We May Be Programmed to Say ‘No’

We may cave in to peer pressure, marketing and persuasion, but faced with decisions, the default response programmed into our brains is to say “no,” a recent study suggests.

A new computational model based on data from rodent brains shows that “Go” and “No-Go” signals compete in the brain, originating from the nerve cells in the striatum – a part of brain that plays a crucial role in decision making, learning and various motor functions. But, the deck is stacked against the Go neurons, which are expressed in D1 type dopamine receptors, says Arvind Kumar the senior author of the study and a researcher at the Department of Computational Biology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/05/we-may-be-programmed-say-no

Self consciousness creates the individual.
This self consciousness or I-thought
Births all separation.
Prior to self consciousness,
There is no individual.
There is no central point of reference.
There is only Being, Awareness, Presence.
This is the natural state,
One of integral perception.
—  The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin
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decorticate vs decerebrate posturing

wait until the end… medical humor is just weird sometimes.