We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for. Their deeper functions in regulating the body, either directly or through neuro-hormonal and neuro-immune interactions are largely unconscious and therefore neglected. This talk introduces theoretical models and experimental data suggesting an even deeper and evolutionarily older function of nervous systems: regulating the size and shape of the body. If these models are correct, the original function of neurons was the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. Neurons still perform these functions, from early embryogenesis through adulthood. We may even, sometimes, be aware of them. Recognizing this gives a new meaning to "embodied cognition."
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing?
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
An "immersion" lecture into the world of psylocibin, mycelium and evolution of consciousness
James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
Tina looks at the developing embryo through the eyes of Dr Jaap van der Wal
Biomimicry is not just about emulating; it is also about reconnecting and rekindling our relationship with nature.
Neuroscientist Beau Lotto conducted an ambitious study with Cirque du Soleil on the emotion of awe
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
I grew up with trauma followed by 20 years of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
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