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Consciousness & Mind

Buddhists, Existentialists and Situationists: Waking up in Waking Life

An interesting essay by Doug Mann

Richard Linklater's 2002 film Waking Life is all about dreaming, and how we can sometimes lucidly control our dreams. Yet it's also about some broad philosophical issues, including one of the oldest philosophical conundrums, the distinction between appearance and reality.

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Study of hallucinogen salvia shows intense, novel effects

In what is believed to be the first controlled human study of the effects of salvinorin A, the active ingredient in Salvia divinorum, a controversial new hallucinogen featured widely on YouTube and other Internet sites, Johns Hopkins researchers report that the effects are surprisingly strong, brief and intensely disorienting but without apparent short-term adverse effects in healthy people.

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Mind blowing power of love

THE mystery behind the ''sixth sense'' - how people interact on a physiological level - is a step closer to being unravelled, according to a Sydney neuroscientist.

A five-year study monitoring brain activity during therapy sessions has shown that two people can become physiologically aligned - parts of their nervous systems beating in harmony - despite having no physical contact with each another.

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Scientific Reasoning for Separating the conscious and Body

OBE is a natural event that statistically has happened to about 80% of all humans according to William Buhlman the leading author of this natural phenomenon. Often though it is chalked off as a nightmare or forgotten by the experiencer and has even been a commonly confused event by many as UFO ABDUCTION. OBE has specific notable effects when experienced. The trained observer can not only recognize the OBE onslaught, but also control the experience and aid it to a higher level of experience.

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The Power of Intention

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Every thought and feeling changes something in your body. Think of a time when you got embarrassed. Your face went red didn't it? This is the power of your mind to affect your body. It is your thoughts about yourself or about what people might be thinking of you that do it.

The placebo effect is another example of this. If a person is given a fake medicine but believes that it's a real medicine then he or she will usually get better.

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Sleep Makes Your Memories Stronger, and Helps With Creativity

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2010) — As humans, we spend about a third of our lives asleep. So there must be a point to it, right? Scientists have found that sleep helps consolidate memories, fixing them in the brain so we can retrieve them later. Now, new research is showing that sleep also seems to reorganize memories, picking out the emotional details and reconfiguring the memories to help you produce new and creative ideas, according to the authors of an article in Current Directions in Psychological Science.

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Consciousness and Quantum Physics

There was a revolution in physics at the beginning of the last century, consisting of the discovery of quantum physics. The message of quantum physics is this: the world is not made of matter neither is it determined entirely by material causation that we sometimes call upward causation because it rises upward from the building blocks of matter–the elementary particles . There is a source of downward causation in the world. You can call this source consciousness if you like and think of it as the ground of all being.

http://www.amitgoswami.org/consciousness-quantum-physics/

Dream recording device 'possible' researcher claims

A US researcher says he plans to electronically record and interpret dreams.

Writing in the journal Nature, scientists say they have developed a system capable of recording higher level brain activity.

"We would like to read people's dreams," says the lead scientist Dr Moran Cerf.

The aim is not to interlope, but to extend our understanding of how and why people dream.

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..Is all that we see or seem,
but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe