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Christopher Evans – How Do Brains Act?

By heheals

October 5, 2020




Brains are the most complex organization of matter in the universe (as far as we know). What astonishing capacities are backed into such a small volume of warm, wet tissue—roughly three pounds, less than an average cantaloupe. What are the basic principles of brain function? How do they work together to give us a sense of integration not confusion?

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  1. Quantum processes in the brain are the new way of thinking about the brain… Quantum Biology is the way to go for neuroscientists but few institutions have courses…yet…

  2. $10K for genome sequencing? When was this episode done? In 20th century? Optogenetics, epigenetics.. blah, blah, blah… we are in quantum biology era… Evan's predictions are way off and dead wrong…

  3. I absolutely cannot believe you do not have more subscribers than you do. I want you to know that I appreciate everything you do to help illuminate the world through the questions you ask. I am also a knowledge seeker pertaining to what this life, reality, and consciousness is all about. To me it is so much more about the questions than the answers themselves. The mystery of it all is the hope that resides within me.

  4. The Bible 'book' = a compendium of fire side tales and fables,

    recounted orally ,
    for generations by goat herders and primitive tribes from the stone age,
    until writing was invented,

    and then, many different sources, transliterations, and versions were copied and written down..

    ''The Bible was created during a time where stories were verbally passed down over hundreds of years.
    Stories constantly morphed and changed over time, and the Bible is a collection of these.

    This is why it has the nearly identical flood story from Gilgamesh, and why Jesus has the same characteristics as Dionysus, Osiris, Horus, Mithra, and Krishna.
    The contradictions and immorality in the stories are not evidence that God is flawed or evil,
    but rather that humans invented him, just like the thousands of other gods that we used to, but no longer believe in.''

    ..and to answer the questions of the many fears and mysteries of our universe, like 'thunder' and earthquakes, since there was no science yet.

    That was the old Testament…

    The new Testes is also hearsay since these letters, 'gospels' and stories were written by the loyal faithful, the camp followers,
    not by objective historians at that particular time,
    or by any contemporary writers,
    and these tales were written many years after the supposed events of this mythical Jesus.

    There is essentially very little evidence of a Jesus in real documented history.
    A couple of spurious Roman reports, and all the rest anecdotal.
    …but more importantly …a jesus' existence is not an issue!

    A jesus is irrelevant without a god !

    Then, many of these stories, but not all, as many were not chosen,
    [ There are more than just four Gospels but only these four were agreed on ],
    were compiled for one self-absorbed converted Roman Emperor in his Nicean Council,
    for his expressed purpose of conquest
    and
    control of the people of Europe for his Holy Roman Empire.
    He recognised that this was the perfect religion/mythology for the future domination of the populaces.

    Half of the stories were ignored by the Nicean Bishops and none have been proven to be based on fact.

    This 'Bable' book is backed up by absolutely no facts and no evidence.
    It is not proof for any god(s) ….(or of any jesus as a god…)

    The fables are intertwined within historical places and people…
    eg Egypt and the Pharaohs existed,
    whereas Moses and the Exodus did not happen…!

    It is a historical novel
    …. ie A book of fiction….
    Only!

    The Bible book is proof of a book … ONLY (certainly not evidence of any gods…)

    PROVE a god!

  5. Modern Medicines is way beyond the reach of common man and its treatments in many cases with damaging side effects
    Holistic Science and Traditional Health Care treatments like Ayurveda Siddha is not being accepted and given an equal status by Modern Science and WHO
    Holistic treatments in future will replace Modern Medicines in majority of cases

  6. A piece from a (not for the fainthearted) autobiography titled: Saved by the Light of the Buddha Within…

    Myoho-Renge-Kyo represents the identity of what some scientists are now referring to as the unified field of consciousnesses. In other words, it’s the essence of all existence and non-existence – the ultimate creative force behind planets, stars, nebulae, people, animals, trees, fish, birds, and all phenomena, manifest or latent. All matter and intelligence are simply waves or ripples manifesting to and from this core source.

    Consciousness (enlightenment) is itself the actual creator of everything that exists now, ever existed in the past, or will exist in the future – right down to the minutest particles of dust – each being an individual ripple or wave. The big difference between chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and most other conventional prayers is that instead of depending on a ‘middleman’ to connect us to our state of inner enlightenment, we’re able to do it ourselves. That’s because chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo allows us to tap directly into our enlightened state by way of this self-produced sound vibration.

    ‘Who or What Is God?’ If we compare the concept of God being a separate entity that is forever watching down on us, to the teachings of Nichiren, it makes more sense to me that the true omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of what most people perceive to be God, is the fantastic state of enlightenment that exists within each of us. Some say that God is an entity that’s beyond physical matter – I think that the vast amount of information continuously being conveyed via electromagnetic waves in today’s world gives us proof of how an invisible state of God could indeed exist.

    For example, it’s now widely known that specific data relayed by way of electromagnetic waves has the potential to help bring about extraordinary and powerful effects – including an instant global awareness of something or a mass emotional reaction. It’s also common knowledge that these invisible waves can easily be used to detonate a bomb or to enable NASA to control the movements of a robot as far away as the Moon or Mars – none of which is possible without a receiver to decode the information that’s being transmitted. Without the receiver, the data would remain impotent. In a very similar way, we need to have our own ‘receiver’ switched on so that we can activate a clear and precise understanding of our own life, all other life and what everything else in existence is.

    Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo each day helps us to achieve this because it allows us to reach into the core of our enlightenment and keep it switched on. That’s because Myoho-Renge-Kyo represents the identity of what scientists now refer to as the unified field of consciousnesses. To break it down – Myoho represents the Law of manifestation and latency (Nature) and consists of two alternating states. For example, the state of Myo is where everything in life that’s not obvious to us exists – including our stored memories when we’re not thinking about them – our hidden potential and inner emotions whenever they’re dormant – our desires, our fears, our wisdom, happiness, karma – and more importantly, our enlightenment. The other state, ho, is where everything in Life exists whenever it becomes evident to us, such as when a thought pops up from within our memory – whenever we experience or express our emotions – or whenever a good or bad cause manifests as an effect from our karma. When anything becomes apparent, it merely means that it’s come out of the state of Myo (dormancy/latency) and into a state of ho (manifestation). It’s the difference between consciousness and unconsciousness, being awake or asleep, or knowing and not knowing.

    The second law – Renge – Ren meaning cause and ge meaning effect, governs and controls the functions of Myoho – these two laws of Myoho and Renge, not only function together simultaneously but also underlie all spiritual and physical existence. The final and third part of the tri-combination – Kyo, is the Law which allows Myoho to integrate with Renge – or vice verse. It’s the great, invisible thread of energy that fuses and connects all Life and matter – as well as the past, present and future. It’s also sometimes termed the Universal Law of Communication – perhaps it could even be compared with the string theory that many scientists now suspect exists.

    Just as the cells in our body, our thoughts, feelings and everything else is continually fluctuating within us – all that exists in the world around us and beyond is also in a constant state of flux – constantly controlled by these three fundamental laws. In fact, more things are going back and forth between the two states of Myo and ho in a single moment of time than it would ever be possible to calculate or describe. And it doesn’t matter how big or small, famous or trivial anything or anyone may appear to be, everything that’s ever existed in the past, exists now or will exist in the future, exists only because of the workings of the Laws ‘Myoho-Renge-Kyo’ – the basis of the four fundamental forces, and if they didn’t function, neither we nor anything else could go on existing. That’s because all forms of existence, including the seasons, day, night, birth, death and so on, are moving forward in an ongoing flow of continuation – rhythmically reverting back and forth between the two fundamental states of Myo and ho in absolute accordance with Renge – and by way of Kyo. Even stars are dying and being reborn under the workings of what the combination ‘Myoho-Renge-Kyo’ represents. Nam, or Namu – which mean the same thing, are vibrational passwords or keys that allow us to reach deep into our life and fuse with or become one with ‘Myoho-Renge-Kyo’. On a more personal level, nothing ever happens by chance or coincidence, it’s the causes that we’ve made in our past, or are presently making, that determine how these laws function uniquely in each of our lives – as well as the environment from moment to moment.

    By facing east, in harmony with the direction that the Earth is spinning, and chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo for a minimum of, let’s say, ten minutes daily to start with, any of us can experience actual proof of its positive effects in our lives – even if it only makes us feel good on the inside, there will be a definite positive effect. That’s because we’re able to pierce through the thickest layers of our karma and activate our inherent Buddha Nature (our enlightened state). By so doing, we’re then able to bring forth the wisdom and good fortune that we need to challenge, overcome and change our adverse circumstances – turn them into positive ones – or manifest and gain even greater fulfilment in our daily lives from our accumulated good karma.

    This also allows us to bring forth the wisdom that can free us from the ignorance and stupidity that’s preventing us from accepting and being proud of the person that we indeed are – regardless of our race, colour, gender or sexuality. We’re also able to see and understand our circumstances and the environment far more clearly, as well as attract and connect with any needed external beneficial forces and situations. As I’ve already mentioned, everything is subject to the law of Cause and Effect – the ‘actual-proof-strength’ resulting from chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo always depends on our determination, sincerity and dedication.

    For example, the levels of difference could be compared to between making a sound on a piano, creating a melody, or producing a great song, and so on. Something else that’s very important to always to respect and acknowledge is that the Law (or if you prefer God) is in everyone and everything.

    NB: There are frightening and disturbing sounds, and there are tranquil and relaxing sounds. It’s the emotional result from any noise or sound that can trigger off a mood or even instantly change one. When chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo each day, we are producing a sound vibration that’s the password to our true inner-self – this soon becomes apparent when you start reassessing your views on various things – such as your fears and desires etc. The best way to get the desired result when chanting is not to view things in a conventional way – rather than reaching out to an external source, we need to reach into our own lives and bring our needs and desires to fruition from within – including the good fortune and strength to achieve any help that we may need. Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo also reaches out externally and draws us towards, or draws towards us, what we need to make us happy from our environment.

    For example, it helps us to be in the right place at the right time – to make better choices and decisions and so forth. We need to think of it as a seed within us that we’re watering and bringing sunshine to for it to grow, blossom and bring forth fruit or flowers. It’s also important to understand that everything we need in life – including the answer to every question and the potential to achieve every dream – already exists within us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR5DdqjMxgA

    Let go, and let God – Olivia Newton-John Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

    Let go, and let God – Olivia Newton-John Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

    http://www.youtube.com

  7. The other new development is the cross pollination between "AI" and neuroscience, in generating new hypotheses to test. Computer scientists look to discoveries about brain functioning for new ideas, inspiration. Computational neuroscience looks to machine learning to test information theoretic approaches on how the brain may function. (The podcast "Brain Inspired" has interviews with these dual disciplines along these lines.) While these are two very different substrates, it's a lot easier to experiment on computers than with human (and non-human) brains.

    The other consideration are the age old philosophical questions. Both "AI" and neuroscience has a good chance of resolving, or at least making some headway, this century. Joscha Bach is a good example of this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rxXoiQyQVc&fbclid=IwAR2wYaNE0irxp5TTRiiRdhEydGt0lRfyoBwhYnB6odRMQeOS9yK2Yp6dbzo

  8. An impressive guest Robert..Dr Evans and his work is helping to advance brain studies TOWARD the day that will eventually demystify how our brains function AND how consciousness arises..An opinion only..

  9. WOW another good video on how the brain function? The brain an the body is a container for your soul an mind a water vessel where the soul an mind dwelling dwells until death breaks it apart* WOW another good show*

  10. Brain science is developing the way i thought it would, new weapons, surveillance and torture technologies are being developed, among with new forms of countermeasures and evading techniques.
    What is he saying, they can knock molecules from DNA and other cellular material, but he's not mentioning cancer, he talk about behavior control and psychological conditioning. That funny, how can they make cells grow different and not cause deadly mutations when any change to structural patterns of molecules will cause abnormal growth in other cell functions, producing some for of cancer. Another question should be, why bother, if genetics can't fix medical problems, what give them rights to play with life? It's one thing to explore cells in labs, another to mutate living organisms, just to see how manipulation influence their health and well being. That's not science, it's just cruel and plain torture, causing unnecessary suffering, mutilations and death to countless living creatures.
    It's eugenics, and if this is not wrong, why did they stopped Nazis, those sadistic psychopaths were way ahead in genetic research and we all know what were the results of their insanity. But no cure, no advance in over all quality of life, just new forms of evil and destruction, simply because they could do what they did and there was absolutely nobody who would keep them in check.
    Everybody can check various material on internet and see how those experiments look like, this movement in scientific community started like 20 years ago, what we see in this footage's has developed into operational products today. When he talk about new imaging techniques, he probably means wireless brain scanners placed at entrance of supermarkets and hidden military devices tracking thought processes of consumers and alleged terrorists. And not a single new cure or anything to help ordinary people, that's what brain sciences has became lately, an occult masonic lodge working in total secrecy.

  11. @Closer To Truth

    All conciousness exist in a seperate dimension mathematically as a set, i have a great theory about this. PM me for interview.

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