Sunday, June 25, 2017

New, non-invasive treatment for brain diseases





The best current treatment for Parkinson's disease is deep brain stimulation, achieved by implanted electrodes deep within brain tissue. Brain stimulation was summarized in my earlier blog. The risk of operation makes this procedure a last resort in most cases. Also, the difficulty to find the proper target site in the brain reduces the success rate of this procedure.

For this reason, a new method, which applies high-frequency brain stimulation without immediate physiological effect, is being considered. When two, slightly different and overlapping high frequencies were administered at the anatomical target site, their net result is a new, subtracted frequency. The new method, which can be applied without surgery, eliminates operative and post-operative risks. Moreover, the target site can be modified fluidly at any time to achieve optimal effects. The new method is being considered for Parkinson's disease, but it might be useful for other brain conditions also. 

Drawback? You cannot ask your doctor for the procedure yet, because so far it has only been applied to animals. Furthermore, the treatment is not available as a small device either. As of now, you cannot take your 'treatment cap' on the road just yet. Read the whole article.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Why do we need a new physical world view


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Our world is defined by technological progress and fast-paced social change, increasing the complexity of our everyday life. The scientific achievements of the twentieth century have been spectacular in technology, physics, and medicine and led to the sense that we can master nature and understand existence. The increasing amount of detail and the pace of change necessitated greater specialization that elevated the cultural appreciation of the sciences and made formal education increasingly important. Yet, existing theories in physics fail to explain a long list of unsolved problems. The arrow of time, the cosmological constant, the interpretation of quantum mechanics and unification with general relativity, the nature of gravity, dark energy and dark matter, the microwave background horizon problem, problems with the big bang, Mach’s principle, physical information or the theory of everything remains unsolved. The unintuitive and even illogical nature of some areas in physics strains education, making it difficult to attract a new cadre of bright and original thinkers into research. Reconsidering some fundamental questions in physics, such as time, gravity or entropy might lead to a new physical worldview. Such a hypothesis is the subject of my book, 'The Science of Consciousness.' 

Investigating entropic changes based on the energy/information exchange during interaction takes physics back to its basic understanding, but it leads to an encompassing, and coherent, sorely needed clear worldview, which might instigate a giant leap in physics. This idea can turn quantum mechanics more intuitive, explain the origin of mass, show the operational principle of gravity, throw light on nature black holes, and the large-scale structure of space. Physical sciences that are less challenging would attract a new generation of young people into academic research and revitalize progress in all areas of the sciences. Demystifying physics would boost morale, inspire ideas, and increase public engagement and enthusiasm for funding of scientific and technological research. This new physical worldview also includes consciousness, which would prompt innovative tools for the cure of neural and mental diseases. The hypothesis shows that the mind is the inextricable part of the universe. The knowledge of being an inherent part of something bigger will give a sense of ownership, belonging and responsibility: Atman and Brahman are one. 


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