Monday, October 26, 2015

What is temporal gravity and why should you care?

Kids on playground swing
Child on a swing

Gravity has a powerful influence not only over inanimate matter but also over biological systems. Plants grow opposite to gravity and animals maintain balance against this ever present force. Balance against gravity is so important, that gait (the degree of side-to-side movement during walking) is a reliable indicator of mental decline in elderly people. But gravity also creates the pressure that slows the biological clock: in space the body grows old much faster. Even bacteria get more virulent in free space. But surprisingly gravitational changes even regulate our mood. Roller coaster rides are popular because they manipulate the feeling of gravity. During the ride the sense of weight gradually increases, then disappears suddenly, replaced by the feeling of lightness. Gravity is simulated by an upward vertical motion. As the ride reaches its highest point, the contracted feeling of gravity gives way to weightlessness, the sense of expansion. Enjoying this transition is present in infancy. Children the world over enjoy swings and rocking in a cradle—the contracting feeling of gravity replaced by the expanding feeling of weightlessness. Even adults enjoy rocking chairs, free falls during parachute and bungee jumping.

Interaction with the outside world constantly modulate the neuronal connections (called connectome). As a consequence the mind forms highly symmetric to the physical world. So it should not be surprising that the mind forms emotional connections analogue to the hold of gravity. As gravity constricts the body, it also affects our sense of time by shifting between temporal (emotional) gravity and its lack, negative time. Emotional gravity is a constricted feeling in the mind, whereas negative time is the expanding and energizing surprise of the new, which such an elementary need for living systems. The brainstem is a personal sensor that reacts to the temporal gravity changes of the environment by adjusting the mood. Thus, the attitude of the organism is regulated by the environment. Although gravitational changes affect the body and the fluctuations of time affect the mind, both generate an emotional roller-coaster. Throughout history and in all cultures, the transitions from emotional gravity (tension) to emotional release (feeling of spaciousness) has been recognized as pleasurable. It is no accident that we simulate this transition in so many ways. Even crying in difficulty or after a tragedy is such a process. This way, the environment intimately regulates our mood by playing on our sense of attachments, i.e., temporal or emotional gravity. Children’s stories from ancient times to the present depict this transition from emotional tension to release. The hero suffers and, the greater his suffering is, the more enjoyable his glorification afterward. Adventure, horror, cliffhangers, and suspense operate on the same principle. We suffer through every averse predicament and emotional tension, and the payoff at the end gives us the emotional release. This is also the secret to the success of the twenty-four-hour news channels.

Therefore the environment intimately regulates our mood by regulating emotional gravity. The child curiously moves forward in a new situation with excitement (this represents the energy of the new) or pulls back in worry or fear (representing temporal gravity, the need for safety). Elegant and ingenious studies in psychology clearly demonstrate the effect of the environment on mood and behavior. Lack of temporal gravity is formed by low-entropy conditions (order, beauty) and produce up spin, the feeling of satisfaction, happiness, well-being, relaxation, and the excitement of the new. Interest and the body position are open, trusting. The excited dog smelling around is in search of the new. Enclosed monkeys are willing to pull a lever to take a peek at the outside world: the new. Although the new is an elementary need, overwhelming and fast-paced information such as flickering light, strongly delineated patterns, or repeating mechanical noises lead to temporal gravity, which provoke stress and increase brain frequencies. The temporal tightness of emotional gravity constricts the mind. The corresponding emotions of down spin states are anger, negligence, fear, paranoia, running, freezing, and adherence to the past. Even the language describes fear and guilt as difficult and heavy. This is the reason meditation is such a powerful practice for those who experience stress in their daily lives, which include most people today. If you feel stressed, you should serve yourself some negative time of beauty, joy in order to relax your mind. Even taking a deep breath should expand a constricted soul and mind.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Multistage evolutionary process is supported by recent data

Global environment

Evolution produced highly ordered biological systems, the complexity of the brain, particularly the incredible self-awareness of the human mind that is capable to comprehend and understand the world and itself. The widely accepted evolutionary drive toward increasing complexity is hard to reconcile with our everyday experience and the scientific understanding that disorder is increasing in nature. The book, The Science of Consciousness, introduces a cosmological view of evolution. It suggests that evolution has started right after the Big Bang as a physical process by the formation of the elements of the atomic table, followed by the synthesis of organic molecules, the chemical building blocks of life. Biological evolution transpires as a step-wise process, which can be divided into distinct and separate periods and eras, each characterized by special flora and fauna. Massive environmental changes lead to mass extinctions, which create an evolutionary opening that accelerate the emergence of genetic innovations. In the fast-changing environment genes and proteins acquire new functions and find new uses. At the beginning of the evolutionary period new organisms and new species appear from almost nowhere in seemingly arbitrary evolutionary jumps. This is well supported by paleontology; bizarre morphologies and unexpected features appearing in early evolutionary periods were often noted. But the brisk changes of early evolution always give way to stable ecosystems, in which an interconnected structural complexity exists between the species, which form predator-prey cycles, for example. However, every evolutionary period eventually becomes unstable. In the third stage of evolution the environment cannot support the ecosystem, which inevitable moves toward an irreversible, final stage, and collapse.

The idea of such multistage evolutionary process is well supported. Important pieces of evolutionary innovations appear well ahead of their evolutionary importance. For example, a substantial part of the molecular architecture necessary for the evolution of the nervous or muscle system evolved in advance. Moreover, mutation frequency has been shown to be related to population number! When the mutation frequency as a function of population was examined, in contrast to the common expectation of increasingly deterministic evolution, during periods with low genetic concentration, entropy initially decreases (increasing order of genetic innovations) and subsequently changes in parallel with the increase in population (an arbitrary spreading of genetic material). But the decreasing entropy during the initial stage of evolution is not limited to the laboratory! It is also true for the natural environment and ecosystems. For species ranging from plants to vertebrates, the emergence of new species appears to occur fairly shortly after an environmental or evolutionary upheaval, as reported by Hedges and colleagues.

Other studies that have examined the social aspects of evolutionary change also support the above idea. During the first vibrant, energetic stage of evolution, species from bacteria and fish to humans appear to lean toward generosity, leading to cooperation and altruism. The generosity appears most prevalent when mutations occur at an appreciable rate, which is only true for the first stage of evolution! This idea was highlighted by evolutionary studies that used the so called prisoner’s dilemma, by Stewart and colleagues. The recycling of the nutrients is gradually becomes insufficient, frustrating the population. After a tipping point is reached, generosity disappears. In the third stage of evolution, cheating becomes the only feasible choice. This disorganized, chaotic stage in turn extinguishes. The above findings defy any other explanation, but can arise as the consequence of the three staged evolutionary process, introduced earlier. In a latest computer modeling of evolution overwhelmingly show that niches vacated by mass extinctions are quickly filled by newly emerging species. Their conclusion is that repeated extinctions actually enhance evolutionary fitness of surviving species, therefore accelerate evolutionary change.

The evolutionary process is described here for animal systems, but the same should hold for all eukaryotes. Today, many species of wild animals are perfectly adapted to their living environments. As a result, they have small genetic diversity, which would make survival difficult or impossible during large environmental changes. Thus, their survival is easily challenged by global warming and the degradation of the environment. This understanding underlines our responsibility toward the environment and its inhabitants.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Why do we need consciousness science?

A 17th century illustration of consciousness By Robert Fludd 

In recent years the understanding of consciousness has gone through an accelerated progress and transformation. However, only by establishing a physical basis of consciousness will turn this research into an established field of science. 'The Science of Consciousness,' is a new contribution in this ongoing discussion. The book proposes a new physical world view and arrives at a surprising explanation for consciousness and evolution.

In the past decades it has become increasingly clear that classical mechanics cannot explain conscious phenomena; quantum theory is increasingly put forth as an alternative explanation. Consciousness has been modeled as a quantum system. Today the quantum-like modeling of cognition, such as the human mental lexicon for example, is a mainstream scientific idea in prominent journals and by well-established scientists. Also, psychology and other social sciences for a hundred years increasingly turned to the tools of quantum mechanics. My theory builds on, and supports these ideas, but it goes even further. I audaciously claim (and I hope to prove it also) that the brain’s electromagnetic balances give rise to a self-regulating energy unit, the mind. This physical entity is an elementary particle, which interacts through elementary forces. Therefore the brain does not only form a quantum-like state; it gives rise to the mind, which possesses all the qualities of elementary particles, such as unity, indivisibility, constancy, or spinor operation. This idea might be shocking, unnerving and even preposterous. However, radical ideas require a jump in conceptual thinking. Although a new scientific vista generally involves inexact details and concepts that are not fully worked out, data for this fundamental scientific thought is amounting. For example the hypothesis can give explanation to some of the most mysterious puzzles of consciousness, just to name a few:

1, It is very difficult to retrace our thoughts and we have very limited control over them on the first place. The mind seems the have a ‘mind’ of its own. People occasionally carry out actions that they have a hard time to explain or even regret afterwards.

2, Why is quantum theory such a superior predictor of human behavior in psychology and economy?

3, What exact role emotions play in intellect and why are we so powerless over our emotions?

4, Our temporal closeness to events can change our conceptual vista immensely, to the point of reaching diametrically opposite decision about a project (for example most people have great plans for retirement, but carry out almost none of it).

5, The findings by numerous esteemed scientists show the role positive emotions play in success and health, and the inverse effects of negative emotions on the same. These highly consistent findings are difficult to explain in any other way.

Understanding consciousness gives you the tools to reach for ambitious, wholesome goals and reach them in a timely manner. It opens the book on human motivation, allowing a deeper understanding of others and the self. It is like having the first color television on the block. Now you can possess this understanding; the book is available on Amazon.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

The Science of Consciousness, a hypothesis

'The Science of Consciousness' details the first scientific hypothesis that includes theoretical physics, cosmology, consciousness and evolution. Its conclusions on the organic unity of the universe is a shocking idea, which started with an intuition about gravity. What does gravity has to do with consciousness? It is a fascinating and twisted story that goes back six years from the conception of the idea to the publication of the book in 2015.

Gravity, the most elemental force in the universe. No place can be insulated from it: it transverses space as it forms its very fabric. Gravity appears to pull us toward the Earth, but it is the result of two opposing forces, which operate as a seesaw between gravity and anti-gravity. The closer we are to the center point on the seesaw, the smaller gravity is. This is why flying out into free space reduces gravity, until it seem to disappear altogether. Gravity 'free' space is only gravity neutral, due to the equal balance of gravity and anti-gravity. But shockingly, our emotional attachments operate similarly over time. Therefore, just as gravity gets weaker with increasing distance, the emotional pull we feel gets weaker over time. Emotional attachments to loved ones and even things makes loss so painful, the emotional difficulty of separation is due to emotional gravity. Recognizing the analogy between these seemingly different phenomena formed my first intuition, which grew into an overarching hypothesis through diligent study and work. The fundamental knowledge base is as wide as an ocean: theoretical physics, neurology, physiology, cosmology, evolutionary biology, economy, sociology and everything else that seem to provide an answer for the pressing questions I had. During all this time the original intuition has not changed. The hypothesis, supported by contemporary scientific research, grew into a encompassing whole with intricate details.

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