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.


Amazing Complexity of Cellular Membranes

N0019830 Endocytosis

When seeking the origin of cellular life, most scientists first try to create a spontaneous fatty membrane that could, theoretically, surround a cell. In fact, real cellular membranes are anything but spontaneous and simple. Membranes are made of extremely complex lipids, of which there are a vast amount of different…


The Remarkable Language of Cells

B0003526 Cells in the cerebellum

All living creatures communicate, providing group activity and defense. But, it has been surprising to find individual cells, also, have very elaborate communication. Amoebae communication is so complex that individual creatures are able to combine into what appears to be a multi cellular organism and then go back to…


The Fantastic Array of Neuroplasticity Mechanisms

B0006224 Purkinje cells in the cerebellum

Last week a 24 year old woman went to a hospital in China because she was dizzy and nauseous. The doctors discovered that she had no cerebellum—the critical brain center with half of the brain’s neurons, related to movement and habit memory. As a child she was late walking and talking, but is now married and normal…


The Complexity of the Frontal Lobes

B0005622 Enhanced MRI scan of the head

The large prefrontal cortex was not considered important for many years. Now, we know that it is the critical brain link to thoughts and behaviors related to organization and goals. With the large numbers of traumatic brain injury, understanding the frontal lobes has become increasingly important. Imaging research has…


Is the Dodder the Most Intelligent Plant

B0004464 TS dodder haustoria penetrating host stem. LM

Previous posts have demonstrated elaborate communication and defensive abilities of plants using senses of touch, sight, sound and smell. Recent research shows plants engage in back and forth intelligent warfare with microbes using newly designed proteins for attack and defense through self-editing of DNA and RNA. Very…