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It is possable that it is a plasma orb or sub-set. Nuclear in nature but most likely the quantum realm.
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New role of cholesterol in regulating brain proteins discovered
A study led by researchers at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) and the Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics at the Faculty of Medicine in Charité Hospital, Berlin, published in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that the cholesterol present in cell membranes can interfere with the function of an important brain membrane protein, through a previously unknown mode of interaction.

Specifically, cholesterol is capable of regulating the activity of the adenosine receptor, by invading it and accessing the active site. This will allow new ways of interacting with these proteins to be devised that in the future could lead to drugs for treating diseases like Alzheimer's.

Source and further reading:
https://www.imim.cat/news/247/new-role-of-cholesterol-in-regulating-brain-proteins-discovered

Journal article:
https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14505

#neuroscience #research #braincells #cholesterol #brainproteins

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Evolution of Human Consciousness

This is a long read but well worth your time. Timothy Morton makes a pretty good argument around the idea that our new era of the anthropocene (human generated geological change) is forcing upon us a "new global moral calculus". We can no longer view ourselves as separate and relatively benign players on the global, or even cosmic stage. You cant fart in a small room filled with people and not effect everyone around you. On many levels we are all connected, what each one of us does effects all the rest.

The New Ager's talk about a global shift in consciousness-raising. Philosophers like Morton talk about a global shift in human morality stemming from the realisation that we are changing the planet and are all connected. Psychologists tell us that our selfless actions - benevolence and compassion - benefit ourselves as much as they do other's. Transpersonal science tells us that our sense of self, our ego's, can and often do transcend the illusion of our bounded and independent perspective to encompass a larger Unity of Consciousness. The famous psychologist Carl Jung spoke of a Collective Unconscious. Most Eastern philosophies are predicated on the core principle that we are all interconnected. Buddhists call this Dependant Origination Everything depends on everything else. The South African philosophy of Ubuntu speaks to this - I am not me without you.

There is a single and powerful message being told to us. If we wish to flourish individually we need to recognise and accept our interdependence on other person's and all life. If we wish to flourish, and survive, as a species we need to recognise and accept our interdependence on other person's and all life.

Go forth and be kind, be loving, be generous, be compassionate. Treat everyone and all life with the same love and protection you offer your children. Think, speak and act towards other's and all life in a manner which assumes your happiness and survival depends on their happiness and survival. Because guess what? It does!

"The Anthropocene is not only a period of manmade disruption. It is also a moment of blinking self-awareness, in which the human species is becoming conscious of itself as a planetary force. We’re not only driving global warming and ecological destruction; we know that we are."

"We can’t even burn, throw or flush things away without them coming back to us in some form, such as harmful pollution. Our most cherished ideas about nature and the environment – that they are separate from us, and relatively stable – have been destroyed."

"Advances in science are now underscoring how “enmeshed” we are with other beings – from the microbes that account for roughly half the cells in our bodies, to our reliance for survival on the Earth’s electromagnetic heat shield."

"Morton’s own work is about the implications of this strange awareness – the knowledge of our interdependence with other beings – which he believes undermines long-held assumptions about the separation between humanity and nature. For him, this is the defining characteristic of our times, and it is compelling us to change our “core ideas of what it means to exist, what Earth is, what society is”."

"He believes all beings are interdependent, and speculates that everything in the universe has a kind of consciousness, from algae and boulders to knives and forks. He asserts that human beings are cyborgs of a kind, since we are made up of all sorts of non-human components; he likes to point out that the very stuff that supposedly makes us us – our DNA – contains a significant amount of genetic material from viruses. He says that we’re already ruled by a primitive artificial intelligence: industrial capitalism."

"Morton’s theories might sound bizarre, but they are in tune with the most earth-shaking idea to emerge in the 21st century: that we are entering a new phase in the history of the planet – a phase that Morton and many others now call the “Anthropocene”. For the past 12,000 years, human beings lived in a geological epoch called the Holocene, known for its relatively stable, temperate climes. It was, you might say, the California of planetary history. But it is coming to an end. Recently, we have begun to alter the Earth so drastically that, according to many scientists, a new epoch is dawning. After the briefest of geological vacations, we seem to be entering a more volatile period."

Thank you to +Jeremy Johnson for originally sharing this post.

#philosophy #transpersonal #psychology #consciousness #johnnystork #jollymysticdude #evermindful #timothymorton
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Infant MRIs show autism linked to increased cerebrospinal fluid
A national research network led by UNC School of Medicine’s Joseph Piven, MD, found that many toddlers diagnosed with autism at two years of age had a substantially greater amount of extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) at six and 12 months of age, before diagnosis is possible. They also found that the more CSF at six months – as measured through MRIs – the more severe the autism symptoms were at two years of age.

“The CSF is easy to see on standard MRIs and points to a potential biomarker of autism before symptoms appear years later,” said Piven, co-senior author of the study, the Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, and director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD). “We also think this finding provides a potential therapeutic target for a subset of people with autism.”

The findings, published in Biological Psychiatry, point to faulty CSF flow as one of the possible causes of autism for a large subset of people.

“We know that CSF is very important for brain health, and our data suggest that in this large subset of kids, the fluid is not flowing properly,” said Mark Shen, PhD, CIDD postdoctoral fellow and first author of the study. “We don’t expect there’s a single mechanism that explains the cause of the condition for every child. But we think improper CSF flow could be one important mechanism.”

Source and further reading:
http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2017/march/infant-mris-show-autism-linked-to-increased-cerebrospinal-fluid

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Right: MRI of a baby at 6 months who was diagnosed with autism at 2 years. The dark space between the brain folds and skull indicate increased amounts of cerebrospinal fluid.
Left: MRI of a baby who was not diagnosed with autism at age 2.

#neuroscience #research #autism #CSF #medicine #brain
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It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.
~ Walter Bagehot


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German Philosophy Goes Maintstream

"Though he raised a significant sum for charity, for some, Precht’s appearance on the show was just another signal that something has gone quite wrong with German philosophy. Other German philosophers have certainly been sniffy about Precht’s media-friendliness. Markus Gabriel calls Precht a “philosophy performer,” while Peter Sloterdijk calls Precht a “popularizer by profession.”"

"But Precht is unrepentant. As one of the most prominent — and sought after — figures in a new wave of German philosophy, he has argued that in order for the discipline to remain relevant, it must come down from the ivory tower and commune with the masses. As a student in Cologne in the early 1990s, Precht envisioned a world in which philosophers would be seen as fascinating people living exhilarating and uncompromising lives. His generation of idealized contemporaries would forge their own path, and their ideas would bear little similarity to the “ineffectual academic philosophy” of his professors, who were “boring middle-aged gentlemen in pedestrian brown or navy suits.”"

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The 10 Dogma's Holding Back Science

Which includes "the belief that mind and consciousness are an epiphenomenal illusion with no essential reality."

""We are on the threshold of a massive paradigm change" announced biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake when he visited our university. It was the third time I'd seen him speak in person, and it was clear that Rupert's pro-science message was as strong and articulate as ever. For all of the incredible advances in science and technology, unexamined assumptions limit the potential of a truly open-minded exploration of the universe and life's place in it."

"For Sheldrake, there are at least 10 common assumptions in science, which time has hardened into dogmas. Each of these, argues Sheldrake, are ripe to be challenged. Among them include the belief that mind and consciousness are an epiphenomenal illusion with no essential reality. Keep in mind that the existence of consciousness is itself the singular aperture by which we grant existence to anything. Not only does this view, known to philosophers as materialism, seem ever more difficult to defend; there seems to be a growing wealth of evidence that mind and consciousness are not as confined to the brain as the materialistic view would require. Sheldrake has himself contributed several scientific studies which apparently support the existence of anomalous extended features of the mind, known by researchers as "psi." "

#philosophy #science #philosophyofscience #rupertsheldrake
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