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The neurons that shaped civilization

Postby Jesse » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:43 am

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/vs_ram ... ation.html

Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
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Re: The neurons that shaped civilization

Postby Kare » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:18 pm

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Re: The neurons that shaped civilization

Postby Fruitzilla » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:39 pm

I really enjoyed his "phantoms in the brain" I can remember. I'm going to put this on my to-watch list!
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Re: The neurons that shaped civilization

Postby Jesse » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:54 pm

The thing I found most fascinating is that our physical bodies sense organs, are all that lie between us and shared experience. At least in the case of touch. I would imagine if this is true of touch, it is probable for other sense experience as well.

So for me, it brings to mind meditation. The partial to total dissolution of our bodies sense experiences from our awareness. I wish more scientists would do research into these areas, it's way too cool. :o
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Re: The neurons that shaped civilization

Postby Mr. G » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:33 pm

I've just watched it. Thanks for this. One can never go wrong with a TED talk. The mirror neurons give a different spin on Creation Stage. :smile:
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Re: The neurons that shaped civilization

Postby Quiet Heart » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:10 am

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Excellant.
One thing he didn't mention is some very recent (probably because this only has been discovered within the last 6 months) MRI evidence that such nueral networks are NOT fixed and set...but that human brains may be a DYNAMIC network that actively re-assigns it's importance to such nueral motor networks based on the results experienced by their actions.
For example, if you have a combination of Apples and Strawberrys to chose from...and you randomly choose a Strawberry from that group which turns out to be very tasty...the next time you choose the motor nuerons will be preferably selected over the Strawberry choice instead of the Apple choice.
This idea is not new, and it has always been suspected, but now there is actual (but still controversial) evidence from MRI images that...at least in animals...this dynamic reconditioning of motor nerve selection in the brain is a real physical process.
So, iin Meditation, as someone else mentioned...it may be physically true that Meditation on a desired result actually creates a physical re-allocation of priorities in the brain...which makes the choice of of possible actions to be more likely to be chosen based on that desired result from Meditation.
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