Thursday, February 15, 2018

Emotions: GPS for your mind





I am getting close to finishing my upcoming book, 'Emotions: GPS for your mind.' More information and news event about this exciting volume will be shared on my FaceBook page. This book will be full of practical information about effective practices ton how to change your life. Based on the latest neuroscience research, this book will put you in the know in this exciting field. A fast approaching and unprecedented technological progress will require major social change. Please join the thousands on this FB platform for discussion and to learn about this paradigm shift. The following is an excerpt from the book:


In hierarchic societies of the past, the economic necessity to use brute force and repetitious work made intellect unnecessary and even dangerous. The breathtaking technological transformation of the past one hundred years mostly replaced hard physical labor by machines, whereas the human intellectual involvement is increasingly important at every level in the corporate world and society. The recognition that conflicts and problems between employees tax morale, degrade efficiency and shorten the time spent on work led to increasing awareness and focus on the human side of the work environment. However, because personal behavior originates in the home environment, fruitful change can take generations. Emotional and intellectual patterns are absorbed early in life by observing and copying the family environment. This powerful mental legacy hands the cultural fabric of society to the next generation. Unfortunately, parents also project accumulated fears, weaknesses and imperfect emotional coping mechanisms onto their children. Thus, children grow up with a rigid mindset from the past, and carry emotional triggers which predispose them for failure in modern society. Emotional instability leads to attention problems, which make it impossible to absorb the school material and handicap a person’s ability to contribute successfully at work. High intellect requires emotional stability, confidence and love. 

Starting in Kindergarten, social skills can be taught and practiced in the school. But changing the mind and mastering emotions is possible at any age. Bringing this awareness to companies and communities can transform society.  Over time, the understanding of emotion regulation can become as common as traffic rules. In a world where this understanding is a democratic right, individuals feel secure and supported. This feeling enhances responsibility towards our world, the environment, and for each other. Secure citizenry elects responsible governments, which act for peace, prosperity and well-being. The positive changes on the individual level would meet positive changes in society and lead to a better world.



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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Upcoming book on emotion regulation


The world is in constant change. Personal development depends on our willingness to stay abreast of progress. The mind's natural motivation to preserve the status quo goes against advancement. However, the great discovery of recent scientific research is that the brain's operation can be described by physical principles. My upcoming book shows how these principles can be applied to master emotions and achieve happiness and meaningful goals.

I invite you to participate in creating a best seller book! I am looking for the most inspiring title for mt manuscript.  Please vote below, under the blog for your favorite title of this practical book on emotion regulation. Please support your choice with a short explanation. Those participating in this contest in a constructive way will receive a PDF file of 'The Pocket book of Success Boosters', which is a summary of the upcoming book. 

1, The science of emotions  — A user-friendly instruction manual for your Self

2, The science of emotions  A practical guide to your Self

3, The user-friendly instruction manual to emotions

4, Emotions: What are they?How are they regulated?How to use them for success?




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Sunday, December 17, 2017

The simulation argument: Does it reflect a frustration in physics?



In physics and evolution, existing theories are challenged by a list of recently observed phenomena and experimental results. For example, the observed gravitational complexities in the universe could not have been produced by the existing matter content; time, horizon, inflation, cosmological constant and unification present unsolved and overwhelming problems. These pressing, irreconcilable conflicts and questions in contemporary physics can easily lead to a mentally powerless position, which inspire just-so answers. Just so answers short-circuit epistemological study and might have led to the simulation hypothesis that considers existence a computer simulation. How can science, the field built on experiments and solid understanding consider such far-fetched and untestable idea? 

In science, new ideas need to be tested or thoroughly argued before publication, therefore scientific understanding progresses on a slow, but stable footing, and conceptual leaps are rare. When newly developed techniques accumulate conflicting data with existing theories, daring and even bizarre solutions are proposed in an attempt to keep the existing paradigm. For example, in the nineteenth century, aether was invented to explain the spread of gravity. Thus, great schisms in the sciences necessitate radical ideas that change the accepted vision of the field. Accepted theories, such as general relativity became a magnet for scientists; countless applications explore and develop the theory’s potential, the evolving rules reduce its flexibility. Any emerging contradictions are patched up by increasingly fantastical explanations and today this might have inspired the simulation hypothesis.

In string theory the principle of static time shows that entanglement formulates a cosmic evolution which gives rise to polar singularities, called black and white holes. Nevertheless, the high entropy poles maintain low entropy regions, which great complexity and evolutionary potential, between them. Other recent hypotheses, such as the principle of static time, or the black hole firewall hypothesis are well-proven, yet remain unutilized in mainstream science. We can consider the universe as a self-regulating, coherent system that engenders its own evolution toward increasing biological complexity. In self-regulating biological systems Maxwell’s Demon utilizes the second law of thermodynamics to maintain low entropy and produce complexity, organization and intellect. This way the mind emerged as part of a global, self-regulating universe. Applying Landauer’s Principle for the brain shows how energy/information exchange increases synaptic complexity via comprehension, memory, movement and other reactions. The universe’s three energy levels, the elementary particles, the mind and the universe, form a fractal system. Therefore, the universe’s evolution and complexity can be explained within a physicalist framework, which satisfies Occam Razor.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Depression: Prevention via Understanding



Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders and the second leading cause of disability in the world. More than 350 million people suffer from depression globally, afflicting an estimated 4% of the world's population. A temporary feeling of low and despair can happen to anyone. However, true depression is emotional isolation characterized by profound sadness, fatigue, and a feeling of worthlessness and guilt. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the condition is defined as a period of two weeks or longer, during which there is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure, and at least four other symptoms are present that reflect a change in functioning, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image. Depression does not affect people when their sphere of influence is increasing but rather when their sense of confidence is challenged. 

In normal condition, mental stability cannot be easily disturbed. However, depressed people are too weak to mount a response. Depression is an energy weak mental state; characterized by lack of confidence, trust and will. Emotional rigidity, negativity, increased sensitivity and pronounced inward focus isolate depressed people. Because depression inhibits the capacity for interaction, it prevents mental progress and can even be considered a mental death in a fully functioning body. Due to the degradation of volition, one is unable to be emotionally moved by life events. The perception of time slows, and thoughts ruminate over the past. Slowness and blocking of time are manifest in slowness in action and cognitive functions, including inhibition of the course of thought decision, act, and even movements. Intuition about the future evaporates. Depressed patients not only experience the slowing down of the flow of time, they also tend to become preoccupied with past events and less focused on future or present ones. Delusions about past mistakes fill a guilt ridden mind and lead to painful detachment from family and friends. Although guilt-ridden people tend to show excess generosity, overcompensation of insecurity and guilt by is not true altruism. Insecurity also increases the sensitivity for shame, which is the perceived loss of mental power. People with a history of depression show greater propensity for shame. The aberrant expectation in abusive relationships can lead to depression. Due to lack of socioeconomic differences, depression does not occur in sustenance societies.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace will lead to social change







During the twentieth century, sexual equality has improved in most parts of the world. Women entering the workplace and the sexual revolution have precipitated the full participation of women in society. Still, the twentieth century saw working women mostly as secretaries and phone operators, with little or no opportunity for advancement. Although quota systems have helped, the male-dominated and intimidating corporate world has remained difficult for women to enter. This can even be seen in orchestras. To change the status quo, in US professional orchestras, blind auditions were introduced in the 1970s. In blind auditions, the identity of candidates is concealed from the jury by a screen. As a result, in the following two decades the percent of female musicians in the five highest-ranked orchestras rose more than three times and six times overall.


The recent exposure of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein and others have shown that quotas alone cannot solve the existing sexual inequalities. Although Weinstein’s downfall opened the floodgates for exposing sexual misconduct of high-powered public figures, these revelations probably represent just the tip of the iceberg, exposing only familiar, well-known figures in the movie industry, politics and news media. The same problems probably exist in education, industry, banking, and the medical field.  When people in leadership positions get away with predatory and abusive behavior, sexual equality remains illusory. The above social problems affect women by eroding trust and leading to uncertainty. Lack of trust affects the mind in subtle ways. It reduces the brilliance, the creativity and innovative spirit, that is necessary for promotion and career advancement. Even for women without personal experience with sexual harassment, the work milieu is often tainted by ruthlessness, aggression, and willingness to bend rules.


Trust is important for better economic advancement and thus correlates with higher social status. Several recent studies confirm that individuals with greater trust have lower likelihoods of default in household debt and also have higher incomeand higher net worth. Making the workplace safe for women will reformulate the dynamics of social interaction by muting conflicts, spurring better cooperation, and ushering in a more democratic and flexible social environment. Mutual respect of the sexes will nurture trust, reduce social distance and promote faster social and technological progress. The ability to file complaints anonymously and safely would greatly reduce the likelihood of sexual abuse in the workplace.




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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Emotions in social interaction




In hierarchic societies of the past the economic necessity of brute force and repetitious work made intellect unnecessary and even dangerous. In addition, the brutality of life and lack of social net made people fearful and live with a fatalistic mindset. Because the cultural fabric of society is handed down the in the family environment as children observe and copy their parents, the emotional coping mechanisms and behavioral patterns are assimilated over countless generations. Today hard physical labor has been mostly replaced by machines, whereas the human intellectual involvement is increasingly important at every level in the corporate world and society. Fear and fatalism does not serve the requirements of our modern world. The accumulated fears of the past might provide faulty coping mechanisms for children, which handicaps their ability to achieve their full potential. High intelligence requires emotional stability, confidence and love. But changing the mind and mastering emotions is possible at any age. Bringing a program on emotion regulation to companies and communities might transform corporate culture. Over time, the understanding of emotion regulation can become as common as understanding of traffic rules. In a world where understanding of emotional regulation is a democratic right, individuals feel secure and supported. This feeling enhances responsibility towards our world, the environment, and for each other. Secure citizenry elects responsible governments, which act for peace, prosperity and well-being. This way, the positive changes on the individual level will meet positive changes in society and lead to a better world. 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

The particle-like and quantum character of cognition



My book, 'The Science of Consciousness' has been published in 2015. Since that time, new methods that can investigate brain activities in vivo have verified many of the book's observations. For example, the brain has been found to be a self-organized physical system. A manuscript, 'Relationships between short and fast brain timescales', proposes the particle-like and quantum character of consciousness for the first time in a scientific publication. The article has been published in Cognitive Neurodynamics, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal with coauthors, Arturo Tozzi from the University of North Texas and James Peters from the University of Manitoba. A short summary of the manuscript can be found below. 

Cognitive phenomena, as well as social activities can be described by the laws of quantum mechanics; memories and decisions exhibit holographic organization. The origin of these observations might be found in the brain's operationThe brain is a closed, self-regulating system, where electric activities form oscillations with different timescales, leading to diverse functional and psychological outcomes. Nervous activities occurring at micro-levels can be projected to single activities at meso- and macro-levels. This means that higher scale brain activities have counterpart in the lower level ones. Examining brain functions based on entropy, electric activities form trajectories taking place on donut-like manifolds. Ideas and concepts might arise by combining different functional and anatomical structures of the brain. Duality, i.e., equivalence of two seemingly different systems, characterizes spatio-temporal brain activities, independent of their inter- and intra-level relationships, strength, magnitude and boundaries; thus, the physiological manifestations of consciousness are outgrowth of the electric activities of the brain.


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