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Each Cell Has s Clock

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For many years there was a consensus that most organisms have a circadian clock. In humans it was considered to be directed centrally by the master clock in the brain region suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). This clock appears to be involved in directing essential physiological processes throughout the body including…


Cannabinoids and Seizures

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Natural cannabinoids in the brain, related to those in the marijuana plant, have been described in previous posts as critical for many important brain functions, both in the fetus and the adult. Recent research now shows that they have a great importance in regulating brain waves and circuit hyperactivity that can produce…


Cannabinoids in Inflammation and the Aging Brain

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This is the second post on brain cannabinoids. The previous post described the vast functions of endogenous cannabinoids in the developing brain. That post, also, described how cannabinoids are critical for stimulating neuronal stem cells in the adult brain’s hippocampus related to learning and memory. To fully understand…


Plant Intelligence Primer and Update 2015

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Since Aristotle many scientists have considered plants robotic, rather than vital intelligent beings. Darwin did not subscribe to this view and published a book about intelligent plant movement where he called the root the plant’s brain. Recently, an excellent book summarizing the current data on plant intelligence,…


Is the Dodder the Most Intelligent Plant

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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…


Intelligent Plants Use Proteins and RNA to Fight Invaders

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The previous post described an intelligent war between viruses and bacteria using self edits/mutations of their own DNA and RNA to make newly produced protein weapons. The bacterial weapons are very precise, large proteins that attack each of the processes that viruses use—attaching to the cell, entering nucleus,…


Guest Blog For MindBodyGreen – Choices That Can Change Your Life in Great Ways

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I was asked to write a guest blog for the website MindBodyGreen. They requested that from all of the research on the Searching For The Mind Website, what are the things that I wish everyone would know about simple actions that can be taken to make life better.   This article was just posted. To read it click…


Plant Intelligence Primer and Update

Jon Lieff

Plants exhibit elaborate problem solving, planning, communication, and defense in relation to other plants and many different microbe and animal species. They are a lot smarter than most give them credit for. Recent research continues to show their extremely unusual complex behavior. This plant intelligence primer and…


Jon Lieff YouTube Channel

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The new Jon Lieff YouTube channel was started with a series of questions and answers from a Skype interview by Evita Ochel on EBTV. To view the channel and watch any one of the videos please click here. The eleven videos are on the following topics: How does meditation change the brain What is the relationship…


Vital Plant Communication with Bacteria and Fungus

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Several of the most important factors needed for plant survival are very dependent upon extremely complex back and forth, multi-layered communication – these include the use of vital plant communication with bacteria and fungus. What is a symbiosis–two forces approaching and each learning the signaling language for…


Are The Plants Listening?

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Completely separated from other plants, such that no chemicals signals can reach them, young chili plants still responded to a predator. Young chili plants can sense neighbors, even as seeds and small seedlings and respond by allocating energy differently to stems and roots.  New research shows they sense these…


The Plant “Brain”: Defense, Avoiding Predators, Attracting Insects, Timed Gene Synthesis

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Previous posts, examined possible plant cognitive functions with the Dodder’s parasitism and the complex ability plants have to communicate with other plants and fungi. More impressive are the elaborate abilities of plants to defend themselves. Traps and signals When an animal predator eats the leaves of a plant, some…


Communication among Plants and with Other Species

Plants, while not generally thought of as being intelligent, do exhibit problem solving, planning, communication, and defensive behavior.  Plants actively search for nutrients and for sunlight. They move their leaves and stems in response to light and can change in which direction they grow in response to different…


The Plant “Brain”: The Dodder Attacks

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Most of the time, we do not think of plants as having the ability to plan, move, and attack.  Certain behaviors of plants have been known for many years, such as the ability to turn to face sunlight, to open and close leaves each day and night, and to catch insects. It is only recently that the behavior of plants has…