Are you aware that the bulk of current scientific knowledge has been discovered in the past ten years? And that many of the most original results have appeared in the last year? Can you imagine where we will be ten years from now? This blog is intended to be an exploration of a paradigm shift I expect to see in the scientific understanding of the connection between mind and the material world. Posts will look at scientific discoveries, as they appear, in the fields of neuroscience, animal behavior, microbiology, molecular biology, evolution and biophysics, and explore their relevance to the emerging view of mind as an integral aspect of nature.


Time Cells Organize Memory

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Yesterday, When I woke up I washed and dressed And while drinking coffee, The telephone rang, And you invited me to the meeting. Memories have specific sequences of events. How do our memories let us experience the exact time sequence? In dreams, the timing of events can be extremely condensed…


Placebo Affects In the Brain

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Placebos can influence health outcomes, but, it has not been clear how this happens. Recent posts have described how mental activity, such as expectations, determine perception, rather than just physical sensory information. Now, placebos demonstrate that perception alters physical health. Research shows that diverse brain…


Vast Complexity of Alternative Splicing in Neurons

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Alternative splicing of messenger RNA has been shown to be critical for the development of the human brain. The ability to make many new and complex proteins allowed the development of the enormous molecular complexity in different neurons and in different regions. For some reason, in evolution humans developed the…


Pleasure Circuits in the Brain

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The brain regions for pleasure are difficult to pinpoint, partly, because of many different ways we can trigger enjoyment. Pleasure can result from tasty food, a movie, school and athletic accomplishments, drugs, and noble efforts to help the community, the country and the world. A previous post noted that research points…


Only Crows and Humans Can Do It

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Many birds have remarkable abilities, far greater than has been considered possible with their small brains. Songbirds are a large category of thousands of species of birds that have advanced vocal learning ability, similar to humans. (See post on vocal learning similarities between humans and songbirds). Some of these…