Dec 282013
 

Question by Dunlim: Is there a chemical released in the brain when you legally die?
My religion teacher/ priest talks about near death experiences when people legally die and see heaven and God and everything. He says it proves God is real. My brother who studies neuroscience in college said that a chemical is released in the brain which causes dreams/visions. Who is closer to the truth?

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Answer by Frank N
Your brother is closer to correct. To stay healthy and function properly, a brain requires a continuous supply of oxygen and nutrients, and continuous removal of waste products. A dead body provides none of those. So it stops working properly! To try to extract knowledge, and especially revelation, from a broken brain is absurd in the extreme.

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Nov 062013
 

Question by Angel: If the brain were to shut down, would consciousness go with it?
If the neurons within the brain stopped firing and everything came to a sudden stop, would consciousness diminish with it?

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Answer by Lucy
Yes because you are only concious when you’re awake.

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Nov 052013
 

Question by Forgotandloggedout: Consciousness, you believe in consciousness beyond influence of the brain?
Then tell me, WTF is DID (multiple personality disorder.)

If the conscious mind is beyond matter, beyond physical meaning, then why if the brain is damaged we become f^%^*d up?
How can the consciousness be separate from the brain, when there is so much evidence to suggest who we are is how the brain is developed?

I am probably quite drunk, so excuse mistakes. Thank you.

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Answer by adagio58
It’s simple. There are three levels of consciousness:

- the conscious mind – responds to information provided by the physical senses
- the subconscious mind – is the Intelligence that fulfils the directions
- the Superconscious mind – is the Director – Absolute and Unchanging

Each level has its allotted tasks to do. If the brain is damaged it will affect the “conscious mind” but does not affect the Superconscious mind which is Spirit, eternal and unchanging. Our higher consciousness (soul-mind) can and does function through our higher senses and are not dependent on the physical body’s brain and nervous system. A recent interesting case is of Anita Moorjani who almost died in hospital, had an OBE (out of body) experience, saw and heard conversations while still in an unconscious state, which proves the point that we can function in a finer body than the physical. See:

Anita Moorjani’s Near Death Experience clears in 4 days, grade 4B lymphoma cancer:

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Multiple personality disorder can be several conditions but mainly it is the mental wiring that could be in error. A good source of learning is this doctor, one of the best, who makes a study of brain activity:

Art, Reality, and the Brain: The Quest for Aesthetic Universals – Dr. V.S. Ramachandran:

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You say, evidence suggests who we are is how the brain is developed — that is true, but it is the “persona”, the individual personality (your habits, memories, opinions, likes and dislikes, etc.) that is built up in this manner. The LIFE FORCE (call it what you wish) is not affected. You might like to think of it as a central Electricity which is transformed down to a level that can be used in a light bulb. The light bulb can be smashed but that does not affect the central Source of Electricity itself.

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Oct 092013
 

Question by Kelvin: How can I use both the left and right side of my brain?
What are some simple tasks I can do to train both sides?

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Answer by Miguel Lahunken
Google “lahunken”. There are physical, ubiquitous, free, ways to turn on as much of your brain as you
want. Here is a cut & paste from a colleague as an example:

“Did you know that there is a disease that you are secretly
forbidden to know? God help you if you get it. Anyone can
easily get it from a simple injury, an accident waiting for
anyone. It is similar to reflex sympathetic dystrophy, RSD,
but it is the parasympathetc muscarinic nerves that get
perpetally hyperactive from a simple injury. In this case,
the muscarinic nerves in the brain, which occupy that large
portion of the brain called the mind, override the seratonin
mediated inhibitory neurons which normally sedate 90% of the
mind. The same effect is caused by blocking seratonin with
LSD. The experience has been known from time immemorial as
the “passage through the underworld”. Virgil said in his
“Aenied”, “You cannot enter the underworld without the
golden bough.” This golden bough is the vagus nerve, the
most accessable of the parasympathetic muscarinic nerves.
Simple vagal stimulation temporarily accomplishes the same
effect and was used by initiates into the “sacred
mysteries”; but, injury to such a nerve gives a permanent
irreversable “one way ticket” to the underworld. With
knowledge and will power the condition can be enjoyed. All
the ancient “books of the dead” graph the ways of the
underworld and there the mind is very powerful. Total
control of thought confers mastery of the situation and
mastery of life. A secret society which is the “heart and
soul” of the “one world order” doesn’t want you to have any
access to this power. When everybody knows these facts this
secret “inquisition” should give up its ruthless enforcement
of this secrecy. Only then will we be safe.”

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Sep 022013
 

Question by : Drugs and the brain books – will be choosing best answer?
I’m an undergrad neuroscience student and am planning on going into research having to do with how drugs affect the brain and what happens with the reward cycle. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble finding a good book (which would preferably be quite technical) on this subject.

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Answer by L.A.
Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior: The Pharmacology of Abuse and Dependence by by John Brick & Carlton Erickson

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Aug 202013
 

Question by Angel K: Is the Higgs Boson at the center of our brain / consciousness?
Is the Higgs Boson at the center of our brain / consciousness? I would really like to know the answer to this question I just thought about. This is of course with the assumption that it can only be found at that location.

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Answer by Tom
What do you know about the Higgs Boson?

Let me explain:

The Higgs boson is not the “God” particle. It is not some magical entity. It is not the work of satan. It does not have anything to do with consciousness or the brain. It does not have anything to do with the end of the world.

The Higgs boson is just a manifestation of the Higgs field. It is just as boring as any other particle. You know what a neutron is? Think about how boring that is. The Higgs boson is equally boring.

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Apr 052013
 

Question by B: Is there a possible “higher” brain state than just our consciousness?
Other animals don’t have the consciousness that our brains have. We as humans are considered to have evolved the most advanced brain type that we know of, while other animals vary in lesser degree. But is there a possibility that there is something even higher than consciousness? Is it possible, that in thousands of years, our brains will evolve into something beyond just being conscious? Weird question, I know, but I’m in one of those moods.. What do you think?

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Answer by Obscurity
I would say if you think we are the smartest, most logical, most conscious and most evolved being in the universe then you really haven’t given it much thought. We not long ago prayed to statues believing they were gods the reason for our being, we were no smarter than dogs looking up to us as gods. But with time we gained knowledge and understanding and we grow more as humans. Animals can not do this I would say yes they do have a knowing of themselves and others like a dog knows you are its master and it follows you in order to get what it needs so it knows its place. So I believe weather it is God or alien it is more advanced logically, Creatively and Consciously than we as humans can ever be.

There is a greater being than us but what being that is I do not know.

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Mar 242013
 

Question by عاکفه: Where in the brain are religious delusions and other hallucinatory experiences found in mentally ill people?
Be it schizophrenia or bipolar, where in the brain are the religious delusions in mania, etc? Same for other mental disorders where people think they have mystic or psychic powers?

And hallucinations? Where in the brain? And how can we link pyschoanalytic theories of the ego being displaced (Freud) with the neurobiological reality of what happens in the brain with hallucinations?

(I plan on researching this, but for a start, any neurologists out there? I might make an appointment with one).

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Answer by Matthew
Religious experiences have been recently linked to the same brain region that involves social intelligence. Which would point to a probable evolutionary explanation for the prevalence of this condition. This does not precisely address your question but may offer you an investigative starting point.

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Jan 182013
 

Question by Justin M: Is consciousness a product of the brain?
What I never really understood was if consciousness is a product of the brain,then why do people talk about there bodies as if there separate from them? Some examples are when people say such things as ” My body doesn’t like that kind of food.” Or someone says something like “whats wrong with my body? Ive never seen anyone look at a picture of there arm or leg, and say” Hey that’s me!” To me it sounds as if the mind is a separate entity from the body. Am I just crazy or has anything Ive said made any sense?

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Answer by hobart_elf
Some people believe that the so-called human body is no more than the sub-stratum of the mind.

Some might also belivee that there is no such thing as matter.

This makes better sense when you realise that if all the space in atoms was removed, then the whole of humanity would be the size of a sugar cube.

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Jan 152013
 

Question by Justin M: Is consciousness a product of the brain?
What I never really understood was if consciousness is a product of the brain,then why do people talk about there bodies as if there separate from them? Some examples are when people say such things as ” My body doesn’t like that kind of food.” Or someone says something like “whats wrong with my body? Ive never seen anyone look at a picture of there arm or leg, and say” Hey that’s me!” To me it sounds as if the mind is a separate entity from the body. Am I just crazy or has anything Ive said made any sense?

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Answer by Nick
You know, I thought about the same thing once… and figured out the problem:

I ate way too much acid. :(

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